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MODEL OF THE MONTH MONROE LAND DIVA FRANKI FALKOW
JM: Tell us a little about your childhood. What kind of kid were you? Where did you grow up?
FF: I grew up in a tiny, remote village in the English countryside. I was the only girl my age for miles around. Surrounded by boys, I spent a lot of my time playing soccer, climbing trees and rolling in haystacks. It was small-town-life so my teenage years involved a lot of back seats on buses as we were an hour from the nearest club. I had a lot of fun though and my parents are incredible. They have always let me be me and are happy if I am happy.
JM: What was the moment when you decided to become a model?
FF: Well, when I was four my brother told me I was going to be a model. I am not sure why, but after that, I remember strutting back and forth across the living room with a book balanced on my head, convinced I was Naomi Campbell. Even though over the years lots of people said I should do it, I never really believed it could happen. My mum and I took the long trip to London once a year to go shopping for my birthday. On my eighteenth, I was in Topshop when I got scouted by an agent at Premier Models, Naomi’s agency. Two weeks later, I was on a flight to New York.
JM: What are the biggest professional and personal struggles you have overcame?
FF: I do not like to complain but every job has its ups and downs. Modeling is a cut throat industry and I have been told that I am fat and ugly multiple times. It can crash your self-esteem if you are not strong. It is also a last minute lifestyle, which can wreck your relationships, canceling plans all the time. You have to find people who understand and can cope with the craziness. Love life wise, it necessitates a large amount of trust. I think the most recent struggle is the internet hate, the new breed of YouTube commentators. It can cut but as Andy Warhol said, “Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” As with a lot of things in life, the more inches the better.
JM: Have you ever been on a shoot when it just was not working for you? If so, how did you handle it?
FF: I have put up with a lot on shoots, trampolining in heels, male models who ruin the shot because they cannot control their erections. However, in my entire career, I have only had one really creepy shoot. I was on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, stuck out in the middle of nowhere by myself with a guy determined to take photos up my skirt for his “exhibition.” Flesh crawling, it is the only time I have left set. I literally walked off into the desert until he agreed to take me back to the city. That was ten showers time.
JM: What kind of photo-shoots excite you the most?
FF: I would never say no to haute couture clothing, breath taking locations and a full craft table. But what I love most on a photo shoot is when everyone on the job feels inspired and free to do what they want. This generally happens on editorial shoots because then the make-up, hair, styling and the overall image can really be exaggerated and you are less worried about a specific product. This is when it feels like creating art, which is what drives me. It is all about passion with fashion for me. That and getting my boobs out.
JM: What artists inspire you and why?
FF: I am a sucker for quotes and surrealism so I think Salvador Dali puts it best when he said, “A true artist is not one who is inspired. But one who inspires other.”
JM: What excited projects are you currently working on?
FF: I just finished shooting a short film for Vogue Italia with Ian Somerholder and Jaime King. My part was only small but it was a great project to be a part of. I am currently working on a novel based on my modeling career. Of course there is the magic that we are currently making together. I cannot wait until we can show everyone the final result. It is going to be fierce.
JM: What are you guilty pleasures?
FF: Oh I have got loads. Trashy TB, trashy magazines, everything sweet, Disneyland, dressing up as animals, cheese, fast food, cheese, drinking all night, really expensive shoes, really cheap shoes, Christmas, piercings (I am a secret stretcher) and sequins, lots of sequins. That is just a few.
JM: If you could have a dinner party with three people out of history, who would you invite and why?
FF: This is a difficult question. There are so many and you would want them to get on. I am drinking wine now and it is getting harder to concentrate. OK, right now I would say, Hunter S Thompson because I want some tips for my next trip to Vegas. Dr Seuss because I like stories and Cark Gable because he was hot.
JM: You look so fierce in your images. How do you keep your ego in check and keep it from getting to your head? Or are you a diva?
FF: I love to play fierce characters. It is so much fun to unleash that energy. If you are not afraid to emotionally and yes, sometimes literally, ‘let it all hang out’ it can be an empowering experience. I can switch it on and off though and would never let it affect how I interact with the people I work with. Everyone on a photo shoot is part of a team and everyone’s job and being is just as important as the next. I have “in the dust, be equal made” tattooed on my middle fingers as a reminder never to forget that.
JM: How do you keep your body and skin looking so amazing? Any beauty tips for us?
FF: I would love to tell you I have this perfectly planned out routine and meticulous diet, that I exfoliate every morning and never go to sleep with my make up on, but that would be a lie. I was lucky to inherit some good genes and even though I drink and smoke people still keep telling me my skin looks great. Saying that, water really is the key and I try to avoid the sun as much as possible. As we all know, moisturizer is everybody’s bff. I am also a huge advocate of sexercise.
JM: What is next for Fanki Falkow?
FF: A glass a wine.
This is the time of year to be thankful for all that we have and our successes. This year, I want to acknowledge and express my appreciation for everyone that makes Monroe-land Mag possible.
First off, I would like to thank all the followers of my work. Your constant support fuels me everyday to create the imagery I produce.
Secondly, every single model I have ever shot and those I will shoot in the future. You display such confidence working with me and allowing me to bring my images to life. This thank you letter would not be complete or even necessary without thanking my staff. Their hard work, amazing talents and long hours make what we do so successful.
My assistants Bridger Clements, Josef Jasso and Jarett Fajardo. The various members of my glam squad Melanie Mason (MU), Eric Allan (MU), Mike “The Make Up Guy” Mosser (MU), Candice Chan (Hair), Lisa and Lee Berczel (Body Painting), Nelly Ricchia (Body Painting) and Marina Toybina (Fashion Designer).
An extra special thank you goes out to Mark Sutherland our number one Monroe-land fan
Lastly a very big thank you goes to all those that have given me public exposure through there publications and online publications. My sincere gratitude to Beautiful Mag, Gay Times, Whats Happening, Odyssey Magazine, Frontier Magazine, Pulp Magazine, Ester Goldberg, QueerMeNow, Perez Hilton, Ethan Says, Muzophile, Dudetubeonline, Queerporn Nation, Parisian Boys, Tony On The Web, and Micheal Kane. I look forward to sharing more of Monroe-land with you in 2012.
Monroe-land’s interview with Make up Diva Eric Allen
JM: Out of all the different artistic avenues you could have chosen, why did you chose make up as your profession?
EA: When I was a child I always dreamed of being a fashion designer. I would sketch gowns for my girlfriends and critique my mother’s outfits. That dream was consistent through my college years studying at FIDM and then onto Otis Parsons as a fashion design major. Unfortunately, there was only one problem; I could not sew or create a pattern to save my life. Production pattern making was my nemesis. I loathed it so much it completely changed my desires to be the next great couturier. So I sort of stop going to school in my third year; oops! When my parents discovered that I as M.I.A from school the first words out my father’s mouth were, “You must get a job!” . Luckily, I good friend of mine was working at an up and coming hair care company named Sebastian International. She got me a job in customer service and in between my phone calls I would peek downstairs at their artistic team playing in makeup with glamorous models and such. I was hooked! I could nurture my fashion dreams yet use my artistic skills I honed at Art school. So to make a long story short, makeup chose me I did not choose it.
JM: Have you ever done Drag? If yes, what was your drag name?
EA: Yes I have been known to work a lash now and then. Back in my Dragstrip 66 days I was known as “Chocolate Shake”.You and I have done many shoots together my friend, Infact we have grown up together what is the best and worst part of working with me?
Well let’s start with the worst. Your imagination is the Sodom and Gommorah of the modern age and when I get a graphic oration of what will attempt to shoot together I say yes yes but then when I hang up the phone I say out loud to myself, “Did he just say he wanted me to paint the baby Jesus as Ziggy Stardust?”. But what I must say is that the worst is also the best because you challenge me out of my world of pretty makeup and strict standards of beauty into a world that I could never imagine on my own.
JM: What celebrities faces have you painted? and whos face do you dream of making magnificent?
EA: I’ve worked with Jennifer Holiday and Kimberly Locke,; videos for Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Usher, Sean Combs and with Katy Perry’s camp for AMA’s to name a few. I would love to reinvent Sade’. She is perfect as is but with her bone structure being so lovely, the possibilities would be endless.
JM: What do you think was the most outrageous look you have had to pull off for one of our images or another photographer?
EA: My favorite shoot with you was the Three Little Piggies shoot where I gave them sparkling black big heads complete with snouts. I loved that day especially when one of the models covered in urine and saliva after the shoot said, “I understand the piggy concept but why did you paint us black”, and I said , “Because black piggies have bigger cocks”. Good times.
JM: On a serious note, I know last year you unfortunately lost your father, where do you find the strength to keep moving forward and keep his spirit alive?
EA: I never thought I would be a survivor of a parent who committed suicide. In one moment I was in a family unit complacent and comforted in the roles one has grown into over the years and then a moment later those roles were destroyed. I had to tell my mother her husband had took his life, take care of a sister who had complications that we dealt with the previous year, and take over intricate finances my father solely handled. The last words my father said to me was, “You are the man of the family now”. I did not understand those words at the time or rather I thought it more of father son banter. This was the most traumatic time of my life but looking back at it all, without thinking, I pretty much dealt with everything; honestly I cannot remember much of that time. My immediate family including my close circle of friends whom I consider family kept me very busy and did not leave me time to think there was any other option than to persevere. The one thing that lets me sleep at night, although there is not a minute in the day I do not see my father’s face in my mind, is that I was able to spend intimate time as an adult with him. He was brilliant; an actual rocket scientist and not the proverbial one. My cousins would always joke with me because they thought my father was a spy because he worked with government contracts about which he could not speak. There was a slight distance between my dad and me in my teenage years with the whole gay thing. But the two years I was able to spend with him through his illness allowed me to like him as a person and not only love him as my father. He also gained a new respect for me and considered me his pal. This time with him man has given me strength to carry on.
JM: What would you say has been the happiest moment in your life?
EA: I truly have too many to pick the happiest. I will tell you one in honor of my dad. When I swam AAU my best stroke was butterfly. I did well at meets for my team but there was this boy Bobby Beldocci who was the Michale Phelps of the circuit at the time. He would always beat me in every heat I raced against him. One time I was part of the 100 im relay and he was swimming my stroke for the other team. During the relay our team had a slight lead and when I dove into the water my father was on the sidelines yelling stroke, stroke, stroke. Each breath I took I could see him following me down the length of pool yelling go, stroke. I had never seen this before. He was so understated and reticent in every situation. He was with with me the entire race. When we ultimately did not win my father ran over to me put me on his shoulders in front of everyone and told me how proud he was of me. I was trying to be a cool pre-teen and I acted like I did not appreciate his spectacle of me but I was elated. I was able to tell him this story not too long ago and he smiled with a twinkle in his eye.
JM: Who is the love of your life?
EA: I think I’ve been an open book through this interview. Some things I like to keep private.
JM: What inspires you to do the type of work you do, where do you pull your inspiration from?
EA: I pull my inspiration from food, I love to cook; nature, I am closet horticulturalist; weird stuff like the shape of someone’s nostrils or their nailbeds; color, or the lack of color. Most importantly, I am inspired by all things that are not related to makeup artistry. I like to take myself out of the cosmetics and into the shapes and the person in front of me. I am inspired to do what I’m doing because it’s always new and sometimes when I pick up my makeup brushes I plan for my creation to look a certain way but then it morphs into something else and I dig that.
JM: What is next for Eric Allen? What are we gonna be seeing next from you?
EA: I like to go with the flow. I’ve been shooting a lot over the past few months. You can see some of my work in Vogue Italia this coming spring. I taking a cruise in October and I’m open to what life brings me when I get back!