What more is there to say about Apnea that hasn’t already been sprawled on mirrors across the world in glittered lipstick? The ex-Suicide Girls model and Lithium Picnic muse in such a short span of time has acquired a portfolio that could surpass even the most notorious of Fetish models of our time, Dita Von Teese.
In less than three years, the Houston native went from complete anonymity to appearing on the covers of very famous Fetish and Goth magazines in both France and Germany. Her popularity has spawned the birth of many fan-clubs and fan-sites on myspace as well as improbable impersonations in various role-playing communities on Livejournal.
But what does this girl possess that seems to mesmerize a plethora of people worldwide? Whether it be lucky coincidence or the perfect model/photographer combination ever, Apean and Lithium Picnic are the proof of a winning team. When paired together, the photographer’s excellent photo skills and her ability to give birth to various interpretations is what makes the photos mini-works of art. As the model has stated on her site, “My photos are art with boobs.”
Many girls have started their modeling career on Suicide Girls in hopes that they’d gain some recognition. Only few have managed to carve out a niche of their own and be distinguished out of the 900+ models. Then again many do not possess the same beauty or chameleonic fluidity to bring to life so many parts of her personality. One could dare proclaim that she is the Bowie of fetish models, with her numerous transformations that take place from one shoot to the next. She isn’t merely bringing to life art, she is art, which is what makes this girl different from the pseudo wannabes goth/punk chicks that try to imitate her style. But like anyone who’s a master of their art, she can’t be emulated nor replaced.
Why did you choose Apnea, as your model-alias? What significance does the name hold to you?
My real name is too boring for what I'm doing. I just liked the way it sounded - the only significance is what I've built around it in the last two years.
As a fetish model, do you plan your modeling career to become more inclusive as Dita Von Teese with shows or do you plan to stick strictly to photography?
I'm just focusing on my website now and making that as badass as possible. I would love to break into acting, but wouldn't we all?
Out of the 957 Suicide Girls, clearly you were the most popular model on the site, how do you explain your popularity? Do you think that working for the some of the most important fetish photographers increased your popularity?
I don't know if there were that many girls when I was around. I remember a magazine article that stated "Suicidegirls are not models." Obviously I didn't join SG to become a SG; I did it to find more exposure. I wasn't just taking naked pictures of myself with a digital camera in my bathroom, many of the members told me they liked to see an alternative girl actually modeling and not just taking her clothes off for a porn site.
For being only 20 you have an impressive portfolio already, have you ever considered becoming a mainstream model or do you prefer to remain a fetish model?
I would love to break into mainstream modeling; unfortunately I'm lacking the seven extra inches of height it takes to do so.
Admire Apnea’s beauty by taking a tour of her amazing site that showcases a myriad of her numerous photographic interpretations.