After our latest music video 'I Want Love' was banned from YouTube, we decided to catch up with the star of the video Zombie Cat Girl - as a regular actor and performer in our music videos, we wanted to see what her thoughts were on the ban!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been modelling for many years now. I would describe myself as an alternative model, and I give myself the moniker due to the fact I don’t conform to society's standards of beauty. I’m very much into all aspects of fashion. I have a deep rooted love of the '70s and '80s and this drives my eclectic taste in music. I’m a performer and a closet thespian.
How did you feel when you heard the 'I Want Love' video was banned by YouTube?
To be perfectly honest I thought it was a joke. Banned?! For what exactly? For self-expression and art? It’s not offensive. I’m not offensive. The song isn’t offensive. There’s no sex or nudity. Not even a ‘freed’ nipple. YouTube is renowned for not removing offensive material. Videos stirring up hate and violence between different religions aren’t removed. Bullying and beatings between teens filmed with mobiles are uploaded. It’s laughable. YouTube hasn’t a clue about morality or common decency. It’s another warped social platform.
The video is considered provocative - can you tell us a bit about the performance?
Yes it is provocative, but I don’t mean visually. The words themselves ‘I want love’ are open for interpretation. I chose to 'love' myself in my performance. Mentally and physically love myself. Having been in an abusive relationship and suffering with depression and low self esteem, I felt the whole experience was liberating and positive!
What's your view on sex and nudity within film and television?
Sex and nudity is commonplace in our society these days. You find it everywhere. The BBC are ploughing ridiculous amounts of money into sexually charged dramas. However, there are ways and means of visually delivering this tastefully to a mass audience. I personally find gratuitous sex and sexual violence crass and unnecessary. I also feel that the industry is still very sexist and geared up towards the titillation of heterosexual men. Where’s the diversity? There’s certainly not enough full frontal male nudity or sex between two men or transgender couples.
What are your plans for the future?
I really would love to do more acting and I hope that’s something I see come to fruition in the near future. I plan to keep doing what makes me happy. Modelling is such an extensive platform that I can use to springboard myself from. I’ve met some amazing people. Photographers, musicians, producers; it's been a melting pot of creativity! Art is my life. Music is in my soul. Performing is like breathing.
Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Final thought on it all. It’s frustrating to think that some narrow minded individual out there reported our video...
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself" Leo Tolstoy.
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