I follow Miss VonKreeps on something called Instagram and one day, whilst scrolling down my ‘homepage’ of photos from the people who I follow (in a social media sense not in a physical sense. I am not allowed to do that anymore), I saw her post a picture of herself from the pages of this very site. I posted a comment about writing for the site and lo & behold she replied! What followed was a swapping of messages, the exchange of trinkets across the seas & an offer from her for me to move in with her and become her live in masseuse…. Ok, ok…some of that is a slight lie. Ok, all of it is but she did agree to an interview and so, I present to you an interview with Naomi VonKreeps for the New Year…………
TBF: Where did you grow up?
Naomi: I grew up and still live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
TBF: Give the readers some idea of what it’s like there?
Naomi: Ottawa is a very beautiful, picturesque city, the nation’s capital. It is a rather sleepy, government town, but it is the perfect size. Not huge like Toronto, but big enough to always have interesting things going on, awesome bands always stop by on the way from TO to Montreal, there are beautiful lakes to swim in during the summer, and amazing skiing in the winter. I would not want to live anywhere else.
TBF: What sort of child were you? What did you want to be when you grew up?
Naomi: I was PAINFULLY shy as a child. A complete wallflower. I did not want anyone to pay attention to me, not sure when in my life I became the attention whore that I am haha, but I digress. When I was a child I wanted to be a hairdresser, then a vet, then an actress, then I wanted to work in high speed aerodynamics (that’s my dad’s profession)..eventually I settled on working in the IT field.
TBF: Do you think that if you had grown up somewhere else, a different country perhaps, that you would still be interested in sci-fi/fantasy etc? Or do you think that interest would have grown irrespective of your surroundings?
Naomi: It would have made absolutely no difference where I grew up. My parents were quite strict and did not believe in tv, therefore we did not have cable and I grew up watching re-runs of Star Trek and Dr. Who. I have an older brother who was very much into sci-fi and got me into Star Wars and reading the Lord of the Rings and comic books.
TBF: From the previous interview we did with you, it sounds like you almost needed some gentle persuading from friends to get into modelling, how come?
Naomi: I definitely needed some persuasion. Like any other woman, I have my insecurities and thought I was too short, not beautiful enough, too fit, not fit enough, etc. It takes a lot of guts to put oneself out there and I just didn’t think I really had what it takes to get any kind of recognition. That coupled with the fact that I live in Ottawa, where there really is very little modelling industry to speak of, had me thinking it would be pretty futile to attempt anything like that.
TBF: How does your daily ‘normal’ life marry up to your life of modelling? Are they completely separate, with different social groups etc, or do you find there is some cross over?
Naomi:They are COMPLETELY separate and compartmentalized. I have regular Naomi, and then I have Naomi Von Kreeps. I rarely speak of any of it to my friends or family. It’s just something I do on the side that I enjoy, but I don’t bring it into my daily life at all as the two have no relevance to each other.
TBF: Across the various social networking sites you invariably come across pictures of semi-nude women posing, either in social/personal situations like on a night out or because of their job. With these photos seem to come comments from other people – women normally to be fair – of a negative nature. This can range from the mild (comments of clothes or hair) to some pretty serious verbal attacks on appearance and personality. You don’t appear to have any of that on the photos I have seen of you, why do you think that is? Have you ever encountered that though?
Naomi: I have definitely received my share of negative feedback from people, but I also think I’m one of the lucky ones who don’t get it very often. To be honest, I think it is mostly because people don’t just like me for the pictures or the tits and ass. I’ve been told countless times by people that it was those two things that attracted them to me at first, but it was my goofy, dorky nature that keeps them coming back. I think this is why I don’t get too many bad comments. Most of the keyboard warriors who leave such comments are not on any of my social networking sites/pages and have no idea what I’m like and are basically just being internet bullies. It’s so easy to hide behind a keyboard and spew insults. It doesn’t affect me in the least any more, but I do feel bad for other models who take such comments to heart.
TBF: Do you feel that with the rise of films such as the avengers and the recent news that Disney has purchased the Star Wars licence from George Lucas that you’re almost in the golden age of sci-fi/fantasy/comic genres? Have you noticed an increase in modelling jobs etc as we ride this wave of ‘geek feel good’?
Naomi: I don’t think we’re in the golden age per se. It is definitely HUGE right now, but it will eventually die down again, just like every other trend, and go back to the hardcore fans out there. I would have to say that this whole geek chic explosion is definitely bringing more attention to cosplayers and models such as myself, however, no matter whether the geek explosion happened or not, I know that there was and will always be a huge niche for this type of modelling. Star Wars, Dr. Who, comic books, Magic the Gathering, video games, etc has such a massive following that it really does not make a difference if it is popular at the time or not. Right now it is a hell of a lot more mainstream than before, but that doesn’t mean it will all disappear when the hype dies down.
TBF: If a reality tv show were to follow you for a day and a night, what would the reader see and learn about you?
Naomi: They’d learn that I lead a pretty boring life Monday-Friday. Get up early, go running, go to my day job, go to the gym after work, play video games, work on costumes, deal with modelling inquiries, messages from fans, etc. Pretty ho-hum. Although they’d also learn about my odd quirks, I hold complete conversations with myself, my strange eating habits, total klutziness, spazziness and that I have to sleep with a light on (WHAT? The boogie man DOES exist). They’d also learn
I have a really warped sense of humour and am my own best entertainment because no one else gets it. haha. On weekends it is a different story. They’d learn I can out drink grown men twice my size, and tend to not remember my weekends at fucking all. Weekends are also when my shoots happen, as does hours spent playing video games, watching movies, and generally being as lazy as humanly possible. I have NO problem laying on the couch doing fuck all for hours on end.
TBF: Is there any aspect to the modelling you do that you don’t enjoy?
Naomi: The costumes can be fairly uncomfortable and hot and some days I have absolutely no desire to pose, and that generally shows in the pictures. There have been many a scrapped photo shoot because I just wasn’t into it.
TBF: There seems to be two distinct types of modelling which you do – the sci-fi and the pin up style. Is it fair to say you favour the sci-fi modelling and do you think you might return to the pin up going forward? Is it simply a case of which is more in demand at that this time?
Naomi: Definitely favour the Star Wars themed photos and the cosplaying ones. It’s just way more fun and I’m more comfortable. I mean, I’m dressing up as characters that I love, so I definitely enjoy it more. I do however LOVE pinup, but it just isn’t my style, and never felt comfortable so I won’t be doing much more of it, if any at all. It just isn’t me. It really has nothing to do with being in demand. I’ve been in 30 publications within the last year and a bit and it was all pinup related. So the demand is definitely there, but it just wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed.
TBF: What did Christmas look like for you? What did you do to see in the new year?
Naomi: Christmas was a mix of visiting family, then going home, getting hammered and opening presents. New years I was sick, drunk and passed out on my couch by 10. Haha. I had an awful flu at the time.
TBF: What will your memories be of 2012?
Naomi: So many great ones. Being published in more mags than I thought I ever would be including landing a cover, being featured on amazing sites such as this one (and I thank you) as well as Geek Girls which was an absolute thrill. Having Mirror Comics approach me asking if they could use my likeness in an upcoming comic. Having people constantly tell me they saw one of my pictures on such and such a site like thechive.com, but most importantly I will remember seeing my fan page on Facebook grow bigger than I ever thought possible, and becoming friends with some absolutely amazing people who I now consider good friends. 2012 was definitely an epic year for me.
TBF: What are your hopes for 2013?
Naomi: I’m hoping to pull off a few more fun ‘cosplays’ (I use that term loosely since I rarely actually create an exact replica of a character), but then that’s it for me. Which leads me to the next question……..
TBF: Do you think you have a ‘shelf life’ – do you think the work will eventually dry up or do you think by adapting and changing that it will be possible to carry on for years to come?
Naomi: I’m sure I have some type of shelf life which I could probably overcome by changing and adapting, but I’m fairly certain I’ll be stopping the costumes and modelling sometime this year. I’ve had an absolute blast but I can’t honestly see myself doing this much longer, I just find myself taking longer to create costumes, taking longer between shoots. I feel like my drive just isn’t there anymore, mainly because I don’t really have the time to dedicate to it. Between working full time, and my crazy workout schedule, the free time just isn’t there. And that really sucks.
TBF: Have you ever been to the UK? you seem to have quite a fan base over here!
Naomi: I have never been to the UK but I’d love to go one day. I have a special friend that lives there (Hi Goosie!).
TBF: We know you’re a massive fan of the band ministry, following from the terribly sad news of the death of Mike Scaccia, where do you see the band going and do you have any plans to try to see them in 2013?
Naomi: I can only hope that Al Jourgensen won’t disband them again. I hope that even though Mike Scaccia was an integral part of Ministry, Uncle Al will move forward and continue creating amazing music for years to come. If they are playing anywhere near Ottawa, I will for sure be going to see them play. I saw them this past summer in NYC, and they were absolutely incredible. As amazing as they were back when I saw them as a 16 year old.
Words: Brian McKay