|I walked down Hollywood boulevard naked - it was such a rush!|
Renowned for hard work and a willingness to try risqué shoots, the rising star in alt.modelling didn’t even take a day off for New Year’s Eve – while the rest of the world were preparing to celebrate 2011, Vanessa was strutting down Hollywood Boulevard… naked.
“It was such a rush,” she giggles. “I was shooting with Gary Breckheimer and he’s known for doing nude shoots in public. He’s really ballsy and crazy. I was just wearing a big coat and, when the coast was semi-clear, he'd shout, ‘Take it off!’ And I would. And then people were screaming, ‘Oh my God!’.”
Even Vanessa’s first photoshoot – and break into the industry at age 23 – was an outlandish and brave move for a newbie model. “It was a bondage shoot; I was totally tied up with rope,” she reveals. “The guy who did it was a good friend from high school, so I had no problem with it. I was like, ‘Sure, if you want to tie me up, go for it!’”
Soon the offers were rolling in and the alt.model’s career quickly went stratospheric. “I'd never really thought about modelling before then,” she admits. “I’m only 5ft 6in so I didn’t think I could work as an agency model. And, this is embarrassing, but I only got a computer when I was 22. So I didn’t know about the world of internet modelling. Thank god for the internet, though!”
Born in Mobile, Alabama – in America’s deep south – Vanessa and her parents moved to Palm Springs, California, when she was 12, meaning the beauty retains little of the distinctive Southern twang she grew up with (“although it does come out when I’m drinking,” she giggles).
Having no real aspirations to be a model, Vanessa became a professional hair and make-up artist in her early twenties. It’s a move that’s given her a neat fall-back plan, as well as allowing her to perfect her 1960s-inspired glamourous style.
“I love the 1960s the most, and I’m obsessed with the James Bond movies from that time,” she explains. “So this has always been my style, and I prefer to control it myself. I’ve only done three shoots where someone else has done my hair or my make-up.”
It doesn’t always go to plan though, as the temporarily red-headed Vanessa learned the painful lesson of never to drink and dye.
“I’m actually a natural blonde but I wanted to colour my hair to strawberry blonde,” she recalls. "But I got drunk when I was colouring it, passed out, and it became this deep red. I actually liked the darker colour though, so I just embraced it.”
Other than her luscious locks, Vanessa is at ease with her obvious physical attributes. “My eyes and my boobs are my favourite body parts,” she smiles. “My eyes are just really big and blue and have yellow in them, so they’re pretty. I was voted ‘Prettiest Eyes’ in high school. There was no prettiest boob contest though, or I would’ve won that, too...”
Looking at her raunchy pictures, it’s obvious Vanessa is no stranger to kink. Along with rope, she lists latex and stockings (she claims she owns hundreds of pairs) among her favourite things.
She also enjoys a good tussle with her boyfriend (sorry guys) of two years. “We enjoy spanking – both ways,” she offers, coyly. “And we play rough, in general!”
Chest buddies and kink aside, Vanessa is set to make a splash this year. She’s hard at work on a paysite (Ispyvanessalake.com), and aims to make it live before the summer. And despite becoming an accidental alt.model sensation, Vanessa is clearly focused on continuing her rise to the top of the industry.
“I’m still shocked it's all falling into place,” she says. “But I want to keep working hard. I’m not going to lie down, there’s plenty more to do. I already know 2011 is going to be a big year for me.”