Missy/Ink is proud to present the voluptuous, the glamorous, the intelligent, and the driven Kerosene Deluxe. Europe’s Queen of Fright has been rocking out in front of the camera for over 10 years, accumulating an impressive portfolio that spans a variety of genres. Originally from Amsterdam, this legendary model has chosen to call Vancouver her home since 2008. When she isn’t creating beautiful images for us all to gasp in pleasure over, she is inspiring others with her message of body positivity and self-love, and advocating for victims of bullying. Kerosene Deluxe represents everything that we at Missy/Ink stand for and we are thrilled to have this bodacious babe as one of our models.
If you want to hear more from this bombshell, our 2014 issues will all feature an “Ask Kerosene” page, where you can get advice on anything from modelling, to relationships, to how to do your hair! If you would like to submit a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: Ask Kerosene.
When did you begin modeling and what was it that pulled you towards this medium of expressing your creativity?
Modeling was never something that crossed my mind growing up although I was always interested in anything creative (drawing, painting, design, and poetry). I grew up in Holland where, although thriving, the alternative scene was relatively “underground”. My look would often attract attention (the good kind and the bad). One day I was approached by a photographer who invited me to do a photoshoot and I had a lot of fun. We became good friends and began shooting together frequently. My career kicked off from there. That was nearly 12 years ago. Time flies.
Your earlier shoots are obviously inspired by the Horror genre and you’ve earned the title of Europe’s Queen of Fright. What about the horror genre fascinates you and why did you choose to use it as an inspiration for your earlier work?
I have been a huge fan of the horror genre since I can remember. As a child, I grew up watching Hammer Horror Films. The first one I ever saw was Frankenstein. I really related to Boris Karloff’s character. As a child who suffered from abuse and who was bullied, I understood the feeling of being an outcast and just wanting to find someone to love. I think there is beauty to be found everywhere. I personally found a lot of beauty in the darkness and the macabre as cheesy (and possibly creepy) as that sounds. I love the simplicity, romanticism and charm of the classics but I’m also a big fan of 80’s “camp” horror.
How did the transition into glamour modeling come about?
The initial goal for my earlier shoots was to be as disturbing, provoking and shocking as possible. It was my escapism. Transitioning into glamour was my growing up, feeling more confident in my sexuality and [more confident] as a woman. I stopped feeling the need to wear my “scene” on my sleeve 24/7 to prove my “alternative street cred.” I’m the quintessential Libra with many different sides to me. Modeling became a fun way to express those different sides while at the same time aiming to promote beauty through diversity. [I wanted to help] other people embrace themselves for who they are as well.
You are well-versed in modeling for many aspects of the alternative scene whether it is pin-up, glamour or fetish. What has that journey of travelling through many different scenes simultaneously been like?
I’ve always been drawn to the aesthetic of hyper-femininity which is fuelled by my love of pin-up art and photography, Film Noir starlets and Tex Avery cartoons. There are no wrong or right ways to be (or feel like) a woman, but I personally feel the most empowered in a fitted dress, seamed stockings, heels, lipstick and eyeliner. I believe in the notion of dressing to impress yourself. My modeling journey has come with its equal share of backlash and critique as it has with wonderful support. Whenever you choose to do something that puts you out there in the public eye that is to be expected. I am not afraid to speak my mind and stand up for the things I believe in, much to the dismay of some. In the end I feel it’s important to express yourself and have a voice. People will always have opinions about you no matter what you do. What I try to stress is that the only opinion that matters about yourself is your own.