Interview With Angela Ryan
Q: Tell me a bit about how you grew up, and how you got started in modeling pin-up, fetish and burlesque? (i.e. how does a little girl from Texas just decide that she is going to make a career out of it?)
A: I guess you could say that I officially started my modeling career seven years ago, but I can't remember a time growing up when my mom didn't have a camera in my face. I was the first-born and her pride and joy. I can remember her spending hours perfectly curling my hair, applying makeup to my tiny little face, and dressing me to the nines. She called me her "porcelain doll". She took photos for every occasion and for no occasion at all. That's why I became very comfortable in front of the camera.I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I am modeling for others now. It just seems like something I have always been doing.
When I was 20 I was asked by a friend who was a photographer to model for him. It sparked an interest in me since I was so familiar with posing as a child. I decided to pursue it further and was approached by photographers all over the country to work with them. I started doing burlesque to further my creative outlets. I ended up quitting my retail and cocktailing jobs to travel and have been modeling and performing full time ever since.
Q: You are very open about your recent breast augmentation. You told me that you spent several years considering it to make sure it was what you really wanted. Tell me about this experience. How did you reach that decision? How your career has changed since you got the operation?
A: I was always the “flat chested” girl growing up and it did make me feel a little different from the rest. I always wanted to have breasts and be curvy, but it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen naturally. I had contemplated getting a boob job since I was 17. I was told by my friends and family that I should love and accept my body the wayit was, so I opted not to get surgery in order not to disappoint them. I always had that nagging in the back of my head about wanting the surgery though. Finally, last year I had the money and I couldn’t convince myself that I didn’t want fake boobs any longer. I did want them and I finally realized that there was nothing wrong with that. The surgery wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be and I love the way I look now! I definitely made the right decision and I did it for me!
Q: Where do you draw the line between pin-up and fetish? For example, when you are booked on a job are all details specified beforehand? Or does a pin-up photographer suddenly say, 'Oh Angela, do you mind if I tie you up?' And how do you negotiate that.
A: The details of the shoot are always discussed before hand either over the phone or in an email. In general, most pinup photographers don’t cross over into the fetish/bondage realm and vice versa, so I don’t have to worry about any surprises.
Q: Describe your biggest obstacles and how you overcame them.
A: Well, in the modeling world my obstacle would be to not be critical of myself or insecure. Over the years I have realized that there will always be someone prettier, smarter, taller, more talented and luckier than you so you shouldn’t try to compare yourself or your achievements to anyone else’s. Don’t be discouraged, there is a niche for every model and you just need to find it. You need to be happy just being yourself and do your own thing.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Glamour, creativity, fun, learning, success, fame, money, my lust for shoes.
Q: What do you want people to know about you that you don't think they realize or see at first?
A: That I can be really introverted and sometimes people take that the wrong way. Also, I am a big dork. Hehe.
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