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Model Nova Amour Interview

Posted on August 29, 2016 by
Model Nova Amour Interview

Photographer AJ Moksha

Nova Amour: My work isn't built around a concept; it is not built around a social statement or a single intention. My work is simply a reflection of my love for creating art. I gravitate towards nude work because I cannot hide behind clothes, it is just me in my truest form. My nudity is not sexual, it is honest. My nudity is innocent and merely there. I suggest that as my work is viewed to not look at my nudity, but rather look at my art.

FETFAN: How did you get started with modeling and how long have you been in the industry?

Nova Amour: I started out by taking nude, anonymous self-portraits on my Tumblr blog. I didn't know what I was doing, I didn't know a single thing about photography, but Google kindly let me know what the best camera and lens combo was for my measly budget of $300. At that point in my life I struggled with body issues and turned to taking self-portraits to view myself through another perspective. Some time later, a friend of mine who was taking a film photography class that knew of my blog, asked if I would pose for his project for school. I obliged and instantly fell in love with the process of working with another person to create art. I made myself a Model Mayhem, took some self-portraits that showed my face, and modeled on the side while working a retail job. Due to health issues that caused me to miss a lot of work, I was soon fired from my retail job at the beginning of January in 2015. When searching for another mundane, stressful, minimum wage job was proving unsuccessful, I said "fuck it!" and took the plunge into modeling full time! I began first locally in Tampa, then branched out to traveling regularly in October 2015. The rest is history! I suppose I should thank my old boss for firing me.

photographer Vinny Kim

FETFAN: Your work is definitely unique, how did you decide or how did you discover this side of you as a model?

Nova Amour: I don't think I ever made an active decision, more like I tried various genres of modeling, and then naturally gravitated towards a posing style.

FETFAN: What is your favorite category to model and why?

Nova Amour: Avant-garde! It is the most fun and mentally stimulating for me! I also enjoy emotive portraits, editorial, and beauty. This may be surprising to many of my followers since the bulk of my work is fine art nudes (which I still do very much enjoy), but there is something about avant-garde photography that makes me feel alive and excited. It makes me feel like a kid in a candy store!

Photographer Chip Willis

FETFAN: Do you have any hidden talents?

Nova Amour: I am a classical musician! Before I fell into modeling, classical singing was the career I was striving for. I make for a pretty mean Suzanna.

FETFAN: Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?

Nova Amour: There have been times where I have felt intimidated in front of particular photographer's lenses because of their work and following. I always need to remind myself that at the end of the day they are normal people, too, and that focusing on such facts only hinders myself when working with them! As far as being shy? Nah. I flourish in front of the camera. I feel confident in front of the camera.

FETFAN: FETFAN Magazine is an alternative fine art nude magazine, but at the same time allowing artists to express themselves through their art. Fetishes are one of these forms. Do you have any fetishes that you have modeled or personally find interesting?

Nova Amour: Oh I definitely have a few fetishes that I am personally interested in, but as far as modeling goes, I have modeled shibari a few times. Whether people want to look at it from a sexual point of view or not, I think it's safe to say that the rope work itself is art, and that is the standpoint that I take in regards to photography. It can be so intricate and detailed and absolutely beautiful!

Photographer Michael Jon Photographer

FETFAN: Nudes, fine art nudes, how do you feel about the concept and how do you prepare for this type of shoot?

Nova Amour: I feel that the naked body is wonderful! The majority of my shoots are nude or partially nude, so I am completely comfortable with that concept. I don't ever prepare mentally anymore because nudity is normal to me. It isn't sexual unless you're in a sexual situation, which when working it is not.

The only other thing I do is to be sure to wear loose clothing so that there are no marks on my body when I get to the location. Marks means we need to either wait until they fade which wastes time, or the photographer/retoucher has to clean it all up in post. No point going through all of that when I can prevent it from happening.

Photographer Nina Covington

FETFAN: Throughout your modeling I'm sure you have been to many different places, which have been your favorite and what kind of project were you working on?

Nova Amour: This is such an unfair question to ask! I have loved many of the places that I have had the fortune to visit. I guess my top three would be Columbus, Philadelphia, and Baton Rouge. The reason simply being that the people I have had the pleasure to work with in those areas have been nothing short of spectacular. My favorite projects are the ones that are simply geared towards creating something wonderful, whatever wonderful means to myself and those involved at the time.

FETFAN: Is there anyone who has inspired your work?

Nova Amour: Also another difficult question! One of the first people that inspired me even before I started taking self-portraits was a model/photographer named Jacs Fishburne, which I am sure many of you are already familiar with. I really admire how she uses her whole body to create shapes and forms, and looking at her work greatly influenced me in the beginning stages of finding my own posing style. Since then many people have inspired me... It would be an impossibly long list to name them all, but I will speak of one more person. Danny Wolf (Danny Wolfchild) is a model/photographer that I have toured with twice, and she always inspires me, not in just her work but as a person. She is so incredibly sweet, passionate, and creative. She has these off the wall ideas that excite me as an artist. I love being in front of her lens, and when she models I always take new things with me when watching her work. I have definitely grown because of her.

Photographer Salvatore Brancifort

FETFAN: When at a photo shoot, what do you love most about the experience and what do you find challenging as a model?

Nova Amour: What I will never grow tired of is seeing how happy and excited photographers are at the end of a shoot. There is something very satisfying about being a tool to help execute someone's concept and idea, and to see the fire in their eyes after the fact just gives you warm fuzzies on the inside!

The challenging part for me is always letting my own guard down enough to let emotions take the forefront of the experience. That being said, it is also the most fulfilling part.

Photographer Grant Beecher

FETFAN: How would you best describe yourself using just 3 words?

Nova Amour: Cat lover extraordinaire.

FETFAN: Five things you can't live without?

Nova Amour: Cats, my closest friends, pizza, my car, and my career.

FETFAN: Favorite movie?

Nova Amour: I don't really have one. I am not much of a movie buff. Though Léon: The Professional made me cry for like 2 hours after it was over so we'll go with that.

Photographer Jai Jacob

FETFAN: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Nova Amour: Pizza with garlic herb crust and coke. Lobster with clarified butter is a very close second.

FETFAN: What do you think your strongest feature is in modeling?

Nova Amour: I personally think my gaze is my strongest point.

Photographer Mybrandx

FETFAN: At the end of the day when all is said and done, what are you most proud of?

Nova Amour: I am proud that I was able to take a leap of faith and go for modeling full time. It takes a lot of effort beyond just the time in front of the camera to make this kind of lifestyle workable. I have been very successful and I am proud of myself for getting to this point through my own hard work and efforts.

FETFAN: If you would like to add a few words or anything else you would like to tell your fans please do so.

Nova Amour: I want to say thank you so much for supporting me! It always blows me away when I think of how many of you there are, and you are what helps push me to continue on this path. It is so cliché to say this, but it is true: without you I would not be here, so thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Photographer Joseph Noir

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