Adora Batbrat is an alternative model from Sweden. But that’s such a small part of her busy life! She’s also a major Goth icon, blogger/YouTuber, mother, singer in the electro Goth band Asperger Synthdrome, designer of the Bratbrat line of clothes and general spooky vampiress. Get to know the mind of this brilliant woman who has literally done-it-all below.
Tell us about your career as model. How did you get started?
I was an art student at the age of 20 and by chance happened to become a croquis (nude) model for artists on weekend-classes. Then a year later I met a well reputed fashion/commercial photographer, Paul Quant, who liked my odd looks and we collaborated (still do) on many occasions for published as well as exhibition pictures. Friends of his with magazines and art directors liked our work and booked me instead of the usual fashion models mainly because I had a reputation to be a great poser, patient and self going.
This was in the early 90s so there were no digital cameras and we worked in a very different way than nowadays.
Working with Paul taught me everything about angles, lights and posing.
Did you always want to be a model or did you have other career aspirations when you were growing up?
I’ve never had any ambition to model, it just happened, like most things in my life it just landed in my lap. I never planned to be a model, I was just made one by others.
When I grew up there were only “real” jobs to choose from: office worker, factory worker, hospital worker and such. It all seemed awfully boring to me. My goal was to do fun things. I also knew I should start my own business sometime in the future, but not what I was supposed to do.
I still don’t have a career plan and only do things for fun. And I do feel like a luxury wife since I’m able to pursue any fun thing I’d like to try and my pretty husband is my biggest supporter.
You’re a huge icon in the Goth community! What are the best things about being so well known and what are the worst?
Aww, thank you for the compliment. I usually joke around about being The Queen of Goth and the Icon of Goth, but I don’t think that for real! I never feel like I’m that well known by alternatives all over the world, although I should really understand that by now, but it seems so surreal. I’m just ordinary me.
The best thing is when people tell me I somehow give them strength and positive energy through my videos on Youtube. It’s exactly what I aimed for! There are so many different problems you have to face as a teenager, and even more as an alternative teenager. I’d like everyone to be as positive as I feel and to love themselves with the same fire. We are all great!
The worst part is people are too polite and don’t want to disturb me anymore. I love talking to people but nowadays when I’m asked to pose on a picture they say thank you and run away after?! At least I always demands a hug before anyone gets their picture. It’s the price they have to pay *haha, I’m so evil*. I love hugs!
What is the least Goth thing about you?
It must be that I’m a daylight junkie. I hate the dark. I have a daylight lamp at home that is on almost the entire day.
I can’t watch horror movies either and I do love the color pink. All of those things are mostly embarrassing for a cool Goth.
You’re best known for your fabulous makeup! What are some of your best tips?
Thank you. I’ve always been a fan of trying out new makeup styles right before bedtime when I’m about to remove the make up for the day. Then I can knock myself out and go crazy. Consider it sketching time.
But as make up goes I think the foundation and powder is the most important in order to get a make up that lasts all day. Right now, after my day cream, I use a 50/50 mix of Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation 100 and L’Oréal True Match Rose Ivory, IsaDora transparent pressed powder No 10 and top it all off with Kryolan Anti-Shine loose powder.
As well as a model you’re also a singer in the electro Goth band Asperger Synthdrome. Could you tell us a bit about this? Where did the name come from?
When I was 16 I was the text writer in my cute husband’s band, and I was also on stage with them a few times. We were offered a contract with an upcoming electro label in the U.S., but instead of accepting we shut down. We did it for fun, not to be famous.
I’ve always loved to make my own music so to have a hobby band is perfect. I can do it for fun whenever I want to.
The name Asperger Synthdrome is obviously a word game of the diagnose Asperger syndrome and the fact it’s synthesizer based music.
Girls are still under-diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and I try to highlight that in my own way, and I always have on my rider that two alternative girls diagnosed with Aspergers will get free passes to my concert.
There is one person in the band – me. I force my husband to do the music and sometimes borrow old unpublished materials from friends and change it to the way I think it should sound. My lyrics are mainly about killing, blood, war and feelings. The usual crap. I’m definitely not a singer, but I do it for fun, and hope that people find me cool enough to watch so they won’t notice my bad singing. For live performances I always bring some other girl that looks like me, just to confuse people.
How is your brand – BatBrat – going? Are you working on anything exciting at the moment?
My company is more of a hobby to me, and sadly I didn’t have enough time for it last year, but now I have the help from an assistant and a manager with everything else so I have more time to focus on my company.
Oh, yes! The most exciting at the moment is that the calendar well known photographer Tallee Savage wanted to do with me is out and selling. I love her photographic work and am extremely proud to be her muse. A signed copy can be adopted at batbrat.storenvy.com
I’ve gained quite a few sponsors and interesting collaborations already this year and I’m hoping for even more.
There are rumours about posters, t-shirts and a computer game with me this year…
As a woman who has done it all, what do you consider your biggest career highlights?
I think everything I do is great! But to see myself in the biggest German alternative clothing brand; X-tra-X’s catalogue was a proud moment.
When U.S. biggest blogger Perez Hilton mentioned me in his blog was the strangest moment and my biggest fangirling moment was when I mailed internationally known designer Bibian Blue to tell her I was an alternative model from Sweden and asked if she perhaps had a store in London where I could borrow clothes for a shoot when I went there? And she replied that she fangirled over my email and that she’s known about me for years and followed my blog even! I almost fainted! I’ve admired her for years!
She still wants me to model her designs and we are still in contact to figure out how to collaborate. To be shoot wearing Bibian Blue design is a big dream for me. So hopefully my biggest career highlight is ahead of me!
To finish, do you have any advice for models just starting out who find you inspiring?
Always do it for fun and not for fame and money.
Practice poses in a mirror to be secure about your body and how to trick angles.
Be critical about who gets to shoot you and make sure it’s someone with interesting visions or mad skills. It doesn’t matter if it’s a well known photographer or an amazing amateur. Go for quality and uniqueness.
It’s a great idea to find a photographer who likes to do TFP. It’s great practice for you, and it is great practice for the photographer.
But as always – have fun!
I also wanna give a huge hug to everyone who reads this *huggie*
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