September 12th, 2017
Jesse Gussow

If you haven’t come across the work of Caitin Stickels then you need to finish reading this article and then check out her Instagram page. She is taking the modeling world by storm right now. What she creates in front of the lens is awe-inspiring. It’s beautiful, sexy, passionate, and different and it’s art. Caitin says that she’s an artist and there is absolutely no denying it. I’m ecstatic that she was able to find some time in her incredibly busy schedule to share some of her work and do an interview.




Where are you from?

The Pacific Northwest up in Washington State.



How did you get started in alternative modeling?

I am an artist. I never did alternative modeling in my mind.



What was your first shoot like? What were some differences between what you thought it would be like and how it ended up being?

It’s amazing to see people who wouldn’t usually work with an alternative model that feel inspired be me despite my differences. Perhaps it’s because I’m not trying to be alternative - I’m more like living art, so to speak. I’m not trying to be anything. I was making art with other artists. Usually between two visionaries it is only a beautiful and harmonious relationship for the project.



What jobs did you have before becoming an alternative model? Did you ever think it was something you'd do before that?

I’ve been doing what I do now for years. This isn't particularly new to me. What’s new is the whole world taking notice.



What are the biggest challenges you've faced as an alternative model?

My height actually. I’m very petite.



How has modeling been positive for you?

It’s life saving for me. It’s an outlet that helps me keep my sanity.



Haters gonna hate. Do you have any funny hate stories you received?

I want to say that hate itself is a funny thing, but people can take it a little too far to be able to laugh at it all the time. Hate has destroyed and killed people that I loved. Hate is something unnecessarily harmful and it needs to be avoided.



What's the most outlandish thing that's occurred on a shoot that you witnessed?

Models blatantly complaining and/or walking out on paid jobs without saying a word. I’m shocked at how little patience other models have.



What role does alternative modeling/modeling as a whole have in society today? How do you think it will change in the coming years?

I think we are already beginning to accept diversity as a whole and that is my goal as opposed to simply alternative, which I feel is a very restrictive and limiting label.



Who are some of your favourite artists? Models? Musicians?

Tim Walker, Gustav Klimt, Katsushika Hokusai, Yayoi Kusama, David Bowie, Bjork, Saul Williams, Devendra Banhart, Cher, Cyndi Lauper. I could go on with all categories and then some.



What mark to you hope to leave on the world?

I want people to never forget. If they do, I’m not doing my job properly. If an image I make is forgotten within minutes, it's not epic nor iconic. I only want to be epic while I’m here and meanwhile through my work I want people to look at themselves as well as each other with honesty and acceptance. Hardship and love should resonate from my work into the hearts of the viewing audience. I’d hope my visions and images resonate with people.



If you weren't a model what would you be doing?

Being an artist as I am, photographing both film and digital, making jewelry, singing...I’d still be making art on many platforms in nearly identical ways.


What company would you love to shoot for?

Oh, there's so many. From McQueen, to Sephora, to Dollskills, to Elizabeth and James. I’m up to so many things. I work in music videos as well. I just love inspiring artists.


What's the best way for people to connect with you to set up shoots and see what you are up to?

My email. Next my Instagram, and sometimes Facebook although it gets fairly overwhelming.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O Cookies? Or are you partial to some other cookie?

Gluten free and dairy free, so no Oreos for me! My favorite cookies are made out of pistachio nuts, actually.


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