Latvian-born Viktoria is the perfect choice for our ice queen shoot. The fetish model and co-conspirator behind international fetish club and fashion label Torture Garden has the perfect frosty princess look – although she’s warm, twinkly and friendly in real life. And she grew up in the far east of Europe, a place where nut-freezingly cold snowy winters are guaranteed. It’s a far cry from the rainy UK, where White Christmasses are rare.
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“I miss the snow,” says Viktoria, with a tiny sigh. “It was so cold in Latvia, which means you have to drink vodka and eat stodgy food to keep warm. Although I wasn’t old or rock’n’roll enough to drink vodka, of course.”
Although she moved to London aged 12, Viktoria misses the cool Yules of her childhood. “It’s not really the same having Christmas in Essex with my boyfriend David and his family, although they’re great!” she says.
To make up for missing the icy pine woods of Latvia, Viktoria decorates her tree in London with old-fashioned decorations. “They look really quaint and old,” she smiles. “Like my grandma’s Christmas decorations; lots of little pixies dotted across the branches. I put the tree next to David’s polar bear rug and it looks really cosy and traditional.”
Viktoria’s yearning for the traditional and her strong connection to her eastern European family might seem surprising, given her urban and sleekly modern career.
But she travels to see her family in Latvia as frequently as she can. “I went back this year to see them,” she says. “My granny is so proud of me. She has all my pictures up, including the covers of Bizarre. It’s not really what you’d expect from an Eastern European woman of nearly 70 – she’s so cool!”
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Her granny’s head must swim with tales of Viktoria’s life. Since she appeared on the cover of Bizarre 137, Viktoria has travelled the globe; she’s visited Paris to shoot for fashion magazines, and LA to help organise the Torture Garden show at LA Ink’s Ink-N-Iron tattoo festival. It took place on decommissioned ocean liner Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California. But Viktoria didn’t meet organiser Kat Von D. “I was too busy behind the scenes,” she sighs, “But when I did get out, I did get recognised by loads of people there.”
As well as Torture Garden events, Viktoria has been incredibly busy working on her music career, recording under the name of Viktoria Modesta. She describes her sound as “dirty pop, a bit indie, a bit retro, with a hint of twang”, and has played live, including a show at gorgeous London venue Café De Paris. “It was the best day!” she grins widely. “We were all crammed into a beautiful dressing room, there were two camera crews following me, and I had sexy backing dancers.”
Viktoria’s planning on ramping up her music efforts this year, looking for a label and, hopefully, heading out of London to play shows across the UK. “I can’t wait to tour,” she says. “Fans are wilder and warmer outside London.” So, keep an eye out for Viktoria swinging by a town near you, and see the ice queen melt.