Ellie Caswell

Model Female Durham, North Carolina, US
My Website: Ellie Caswell
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/elliecaswell
Mayhem # 2824193

About Me

**I am no longer pregnant. I am currently on hiatus while I focus on nursing and caring for my little one. My measurements have changed drastically and I have no desire to rush to lose the "baby weight"-- so unless your shoot allows for that, I am probably not the best model for your project at this time. **

For the time being, I have a very limited amount of time for modeling, so I'm only agreeing to projects that capture my imagination, with artists whose work I find remarkable.

I appreciate your passion as a photographer. I appreciate that you want to capture beauty (or whatever your goal happens to be) and every photographer brings their own skills to the table. However, if your port is primarily composed of lingerie-clad women in sexy poses, I'm probably not the model for you. If your port does look like this but you want to try something different, please specify that in your message. Otherwise, I probably won't respond. 

I am modeling primarily as an outlet for artistic, personal, and political exploration. Prior to arranging a shoot, it would be important for me to discuss the concept and vision behind the project. Your work must stimulate me creatively or intellectually, beyond it simply being a well lit photograph of a pretty woman. I don't have any desire to simply be an artistic medium for a photographer- I would like all projects to be an artistic partnership. That said, I'm also a very poor grad student. I'm willing to work on your project for the right compensation and under very specific requirements. Don't be afraid to ask if you are interested in working with me, just know that if I'm not, it's probably not a reflection on my opinion of your work.

Strengths and/or Limitations: I am not particularly interested in being an interchangeable pretty face. I don't want you to like my "look." I want to make art. I love my body, even with all of it's imperfections. I have stretch marks and scars and fat ankles and a pot belly and cellulite and some weird/huge tattoos and I bruise easily. I have a unique figure that is about as far from a straight size as you can get (I am short and dramatically pear shaped). I absolutely love these "flaws" and believe that they make me who I am: a beautiful human being, inside and out.

I model because it's empowering, to love my body and proudly show it off, not because I want to fit into a standard of beauty. As feminine as I may look, turning gender norms upside down makes me swoon. Although I tend to make everything political, I have a pretty goofy sense of humor about it.

Other Skills and Info: I am a married graduate student mama. Because modeling is a passion project rather than a job, I am afforded the luxury of being very picky about who I work with and what I do.

Theatre Background: Acting, modern dance, wig design, special effects makeup, some costume design.

Cosmetology Background: A couple of careers ago, I was a licensed cosmetologist. Although I no longer work in the beauty industry, I'm pretty decent at what I do and still style hair for events such as weddings and parties.
-Experience with hair styling, street and fashion makeup, and nails.
-I specialize in pinup and vintage makeup, hair, and fashion.

Education:
*My undergraduate research focused on beauty: Effects of specific variables on perceptions of attractiveness, objectification, self-image, body esteem, gender politics, and self-objectification.
*I completed 1500 hours at an Aveda Institute for cosmetology licensure. My graduate research focus has nothing to do with beauty whatsoever, but I'm very passionate about what I do...

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