STYLING, MARISSA PEDEN; HAIR AND MAKEUP, REBECCA FRIEDMAN FOR GOODFORM SALON; Brooke Worrel gauntlet; American Apparel underwear; Frederick’s of Hollywood knee-highs; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; vintage belt; stylist’s own bandanna
Host, Sirius XM Liquid Metal
How she introduces songs: As my mood fancies!
Currently dominating her headphones: Bolt Thrower, Abysmal Dawn, Behemoth, All Shall Perish, Cannibal Corpse.
On being a girl in metal: Being a girl in the metal world means the same thing as being a dude in the metal world: We love the music. Or that’s what it should mean, anyway. I suppose it is odd because it is typically a male-dominated genre, but I’m guilty of that mind frame too. When I find a rare chick friend who digs the same types of metal as I do, I get stoked.
On her ink: I’ve had tattoos for so many years I forget they are there until a curious stranger comes up and grabs my arm asking if they are real. I used to get really pissed off with questions like that; now I just find them funny. My pieces are a collaboration of every struggle I’ve endured, every accomplishment I’ve worked hard for, my awesome childhood, and my family. They are my badges of honor.
On where metal is headed: Metal and all its subgenres are heading in directions where they feel they need to be—the clean-cut screamers, the bearded growlers, the ones who sing, the ones who feel 260 bpm is much too slow, the performers, the classical lovers, the black/death/heavy/nu metalers. We all are so different in our tastes and flavors but we all have one basic drive: metal!
On alternative beauty vs. conventional beauty: In my eyes, I see no difference. Just show your confidence. If I see that you love and accept who you are, then hell yeah! I model, so I get to look like all sorts, [both] conventional and alternative … I think it’s fun. But at the end of the day I love just hanging out at home with no makeup on and my hair all wild and unkempt. Beauty is deeper than your skin.
Photo by Magdalena Wosinska