A funny thing occurred to me. Several years ago, I did an interview for a site called Street Voice UK. Later, someone sent me a message on Facebook asking did I know that the person interviewing me was a far left Nazi, and perhaps I’d like to remove my interview. I said ‘oh, ok’, but that I didn’t mind being interviewed by someone whose views I disagree with. ‘Very well then,’ they said. ‘I’m going to put you on a list’ – or something to that effect. So I guess I’m on a list. Anyway, it’s true, the interviewer is extremely left wing, the variety of radical feminist who doesn’t want trans women to be women. Due to the interview connection, I follow him on Twitter. And I’ve just realised the following. Had I unfollowed him because of his views, I would never have randomly clicked on an interesting-looking YouTube link he posted in a fit of disgust several months ago, and I subsequently would never have met the wonderful person in that YouTube video, who is now my girlfriend (and secretary!).
So…my concluding comment to this chain of events is something along the lines of ‘hah’. And the moral of the story, perhaps, is that sometimes it pays – not only intellectually but even socially – to follow your ideological enemies. You may remember me recounting a similar tale of web-based coincidences, also an amusing interplay of the romantic and the banal but less politically-charged, in the story of how a facebook advert made me meet my boyfriend. And yes, I do have a girlfriend and a boyfriend. I’m greedy like that.
So here’s a video of me and Kim together. Take that, naysayers! Following a TERF got me laid. That’s all I wanted to say really.
This is the trailer for ‘Models. Der Film’, a documentary by Leif Allendorf about four different models living and working in Berlin – Jenny Jane, Melanie Unrau, Nadya Wendt and me. The movie involves interviews and some footage of each model at work. In this version my voice is dubbed into Deutsch. Continue reading
A blog post by Elena Tun
We were beyond excited when we were invited to Mary Martin’s fashion show in tribute to David Bowie. We were also curious to see how she would pull it off; few pop and fashion icons are adored and revered as much as Bowie, so it is a difficult inspiration to live up to. Continue reading
I have an interview in the webzine JUNNNKTANK with 3 n’s. Warning: involves words.
Article includes images by: Artco, Dan Fehr, Malcolm Mellon, Markus Henttonen, and Richard Maxim.
…a few months ago, someone asked me on Tumblr if there were any recording of my voice, and I said there was going to be an recorded interview coming up. Well, here it is! I’m not going to listen to it, but you can.
“Rebecca discusses acknowledging and embracing the sexual aspects of her imagery, nude and fetish modeling, collaborating with model Gestalta, wanting to be a character actor, short films and music videos as a revealing medium of self-expression, the unique perspective she brings to her photography, body awareness and modeling outdoors.”
Now this is interesting…to me, and really only because someone quoted a line from one of my interviews on a random topic, which technically makes me a cited philosopher now, doesn’t it? So I can give myself a pat on the head for that. Belle and Sebastian released a song called ‘Suicide Girl’, and SuicideGirls made a music video for the song. One Jim Williams of Kentucky* shared the video and said the following: “This video is described as a “Suicide Girls love letter to Belle and Sebastian”, and yet, presumably, Stuart work mark it ‘Return to Sender’. Stuart’s lyric for ‘Suicide Girl’ is not condemnatory, but it certainly expresses regret regarding the girl who “gives it all away”. The idea that the Suicide Girls phenomenon appeals to a “radical side” is of course ridiculous. Pornography is what it is – it’s neither radical nor conservative. That said, I’m not convinced that a woman loses anything by being paid to be filmed naked. And nor is artist, model and photographer, Rebecca Tun, who sums up this patronising, reductionist view as follows: “an unconscious line of reasoning [that runs] a bit like this: women revealing their bodies is a sexual act; female sexual activity consists of giving something away as if it were a finite commodity (it can after all be bought). Therefore when a woman reveals her body she’s giving something away, somehow decreasing the value of her assets.” For my part, the last woman I met who was ‘wrapped up in books’ (which included Nadine Strossen’s ‘In Defence of Pornography’ and Avedon Carol’s ‘Nudes, Prudes and Attitudes: Pornography and Censorship’) was also frequently ‘unwrapped’, in both pornographic magazines and lovers’ rooms. No fantasy affairs – she dared to get wet, so to speak.” I don’t have anything to add to the discussion at the moment. I think Jim hit the nail on the head in describing the attitude in question as both ‘patronizing’ and ‘reductionist’. *correction: Jim of Stafford, Staffordshire, and not Staffordsville, Kentucky 🙂
I did an interview a few months ago for a website called Street Voice. Since this is my long format blog, I’ll copy the text of the interview into this post. So you can read it here or on their website, where there are more pictures 🙂
Street Voice Introduction: Sometimes I come across bands, models and photographers I want to feature in Street Voice. Rebecca Tun is one of those people! After reading what Rebecca is all about I knew she’d feature well in the Street Voice pages. A stunning model and an equally brilliant photographer. A few questions were sent off to Rebecca and this is what she had to say for herself!
Street Voice: First off Rebecca can you tell our readers a little about yourself please?
I’m a model, photographer, all-round travelling arty freak, geek and ex-philosopher.
Street Voice: How come you decided that being a nude model was going to be the right path for you?
I fell into it after modeling for some art classes while I was a student. The nudity went without saying because it would have been odd not to use my whole body for modeling. And while I didn’t go into nude modeling with political motives (I didn’t come from a context where having no clothes on was a big deal), I’ve since learned that not everyone in the world has or feels the same freedom that I do; so I’ve gone from being neutral about it to feeling proud about sharing my nudity. Continue reading