Photography by Marina Lin
Zhenya Merrick is a Saint Petersburg, Russia-based model. This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical Nylons. Print copies can be purchased here.
Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?
Zhenya Merrick: I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia where I am currently located. The day I was born was 02/02/1985.
Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?
Zhenya Merrick: It was Helmut Newton’s photography and Bizarre Magazine. I got impressed by dark noir romance and black and white sexieness of the photos.
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in pin-up/fetish modeling?
Zhenya Merrick: It was three years ago. I had some problems in my life with my health, mood and so on. So I tried a different way and became a model. Pin-up and fetish modelling is attractive for me because it makes a great mixture of retro classics and modern sexy rebels.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?
Zhenya Merrick: Strong character, natural beauty and great communicative skills. And possitive attitude.
Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Zhenya Merrick: I think the most important aspect of photo is harmony of people and things in the photo. The model should be the part of the picture, feeling the mood of the shooting.
Sinical Magazine: What has been the most interesting thing to happen during one of your photo shoots?
Zhenya Merrick: Every shooting is a great adventure for me. Meeting new people, visiting different places, travelling. Thanks all people who I had met and worked with. You are doing great work. Keep it on.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?
Zhenya Merrick: I have two fetishes: high heels and tight corsets.
Sinical Magazine: The theme of this issue is nylons. What is the appeal of nylons to you?
Zhenya Merrick: Nylons are beautiful lingerie. They are strong, fitting good. Besides nylon lingerie is excellent way to express yourself, to make your style individual.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Zhenya Merrick: Height 163 cm. 84-58-86 cm, cup B.
Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?
Zhenya Merrick: 5 or 6 US. Just between these two numbers.
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Zhenya Merrick: I listen to heavy and black metal music (Darkthrone, Sodom, Vlad Tepes, Black Witchery), sometimes GG Allin and old school 70s occult rock. I have a huge collection of CDs and often attend metal shows and concerts.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite authors? And what are you currently reading?
Zhenya Merrick: Historical adventure literature is the most interesting to me at the moment. I am reading now Hondo by Louis L’Amour.
Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what do you like to do for fun?
Zhenya Merrick: I have very little time for fun because of my work. So when it happens I listen to music or visit my good old friends for parties. I am a huge fan of Western movies. I can watch them all day long.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?
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