Le Tigre is a Calgary-based alt model with a passion for creative concepts, alternative fashion, pin-up, and boudoir. After engaging in our interview with this inked hottie, I think you’ll have a passion for her. And who wouldn’t love to cuddle in their PJs with an elegant, straight-shooting pin-up? I dare you to challenge her concept of beauty… you’ll lose, but you can try.
When did you start taking modeling seriously and what was it that made you want to do it?
I started modelling a few years ago when a close friend of mine got into photography and needed a model to practice on. I always really admired the beauty of alternative fashion. I slowly built a portfolio and it took off from there!
To be a successful model requires lots of stuff, perhaps a gorgeous face, hot body, and lots of time and nerves to get the name out? What’s the secret?
To be a successful model you have to be very self-confident and aware. The hardest part is finding your strengths and working them in your favor; whether it’s your best features or the genre of photography that fits your look best. Of course, having a gorgeous face doesn’t hurt.
What was the hardest part about getting into the business?
Probably just getting recognized. It took a lot of time and hard work to get my name out there. I’m still struggling with that today, but I feel that I’ve made a lot of progress in the last year.
What drew you into the alternative scene and what inspires you to this day?
I’ve always been alternative. I pierced my own nose when I was 13 and got my first tattoo a couple years later. I’m very inspired by music and art. I love the canvas that is the human body. I’ve never been afraid to challenge the “mainstream” look.
I’m pretty sure that you are very creative person. Do you give some ideas to your photographers about a photo-session (the creative part) or you keep it professional and follow their way of imagination?
Depends on the project, but it’s usually very collaborative.
How would you describe your style?
It’s hard to sum up, I have a very diverse wardrobe. From boyfriend jeans and a band shirt to the ultimate pin-up and 6-inch heels.
I’ve noticed lots of cool ink on your body. When did you get your first tattoo and what was it?
When I was 15 in a shady hotel room (laughs). I got a small dragon on my outer thigh. And it’s not the worst tattoo I ever got! Ha.
Guide me a bit in your inked madness.
Every piece I have represents something that inspires me, or was an important part of my life when I got it. When I’m 90 my tattoos will tell the chapters of my amazing life story.
What’s your next piece of ink going to be?
A maple leaf above my stomach. Proud Canadian!
Do you have any go-to artists you want to shout out to?
Chrys Goldberg at Kindred Hearts Tattoo in Calgary. He’s been working on my sleeve. Amazing artist and friend!
Would you consider tattooing as a way of self-expression?
Absolutely, just as all forms of art are a way of self-expression.
What has being a tattooed woman taught you: about society, yourself, and the idea of beauty?
I feel like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, society is always evolving and so is the way we express ourselves.
Tell me about some of your publication credits.
My first publication was in Quick Times Magazine for a car show I was at. From there I have been featured in a calendar for Missy/Ink Magazine and most recently Sunshine Girl for the Calgary Sun. All of which I was very honored to be a part of. I hope to have many more publications this year!
What is the best place you have traveled to model?
My last trip to St. Louis was pretty amazing. Got to work with some great photographers and best of all experience the city in a very American way, with lots of BBQ, Baseball, and Budweiser (laughs). My next trip is to San Diego and LA this April, very excited about that!
What are some of your other loves and hobbies outside professional alternative modeling?
I’m also a burlesque dancer and really focusing on becoming a better performer this year. Aside from that, I’m just your average girl; I like to go hiking with my Malamute, having drinks with my friends, and spending Sunday nights in my PJs watching cartoons and cuddling with a cute guy.
What’s your best motivational lesson for aspiring models?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself; people will admire and love you for it!
Do you have any big plans for 2014?
A lot more traveling, working with some new and amazing people. Aside from modelling, just to continue enjoying life with people that make me smile!
You can keep up with Le Tigre on Facebook and on Instagram @letigremodel