She’s pictured as the Queen Of Hearts in this month’s Alice-themed shoot, but Ulorin Vex was less “off with her head” and more “off with her pubes” last year, when she Tweeted about giving her twin sister, the model Amalthea, a bikini wax. “It didn’t turn out well,” she remembers. “She hit me because she said it hurt too much! We fight, but we never fall out. I often do her hair and make-up.”
The red-headed model knows a thing or two about beauty. Since we introduced her in Bizarre 149, she’s done photoshoots in Norway, Spain, France, Portugal and the USA. Her favourite shoot of the past year was for corset designer Bibian Blue – she’s on the cover of her book Lacing Glamour, and giant pictures of her hang in the windows of the designer’s Barcelona shop.
“I thought, ‘Wow’, when I saw them in real life!” the model giggles. “I got a message from someone on LiveJournal the next day saying that they saw me there, but were too shy to say hello. It’s a good thing, because I would’ve been shy, too!”
Besides starring in stunning images, Ulorin Vex’s been busy painting artwork of her own, under the name Malady Charlotina.
Her favourite set of illustrations by another artist is Arthur Rackham’s “creepy” Alice In Wonderland series, which she studied for A-level art, but she prefers to draw “naked girls and dragons”.
She recently sold some work at a Resistance Gallery art fair, where her pieces were displayed alongside those of Bizarre art competition winner Ben Newman, and she’s just finished work on a logo featuring conjoined twins for Atomefabrik (Atomefabrik.com), which made Nina Kate’s goggles for the steampunk cover shoot in Bizarre 146.
“I’ve been drawing forever and ever, and I’ve been doing a lot of pictures of conjoined twins recently,” explains Ulorin Vex. “I’ve always drawn twins in pictures, probably because it’s like me and my sister. The bodies wouldn’t always fit on the page, so I thought, ‘Ooh, I’ll draw one body!’”
Next up in her diary is a three-week art retreat at an Italian monastery, and she’s been approached by a corset company who’d like to use her images.
But don’t worry; she’s set to continue modelling, too, and she’s even planning to design some “steampunk, Mad Max-style latex” next year. We can’t wait.