Alexandra Snow is a professional Dominatrix, model, and a fetish and BDSM video producer. This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical #17. Print copies can be purchased here.
Photography by Laura Dark - www.lauradark.net
Corset, garters, gloves: What Katie Did - www.whatkatiedid.com
Sinical Magazine: Do you remember the first fetish magazine or book you came across?
Alexandra Snow: Throughout my childhood, I was a voracious reader, and remain so to this day. I remember perusing the very expansive public library bookshelves for books with interesting covers when I came across the original Venus in Furs by Leopod von Sacher-Masoch, next to Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty on a display. I took them both and read them cover-to-cover in great fascination, even until the books were way past due. I remember outright paying for the books so that no one else could have them!
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in fetish modeling?
Alexandra Snow: I started modelling in 2004 for assorted small fetish websites, but soon realized that there was no money in photos and if I was going to be serious about pursuing a career, it would need to be in video. As an actual Domina, this wasn’t a difficult stretch, and I soon developed a very devout following. I built my own media production company from scratch and I now produce 100% of my videos, so I have total control over my content. Once I conquered the fetish video world, I realized that I’d neglected the photography end. I’ve been rectifying that over the last several years and intend to make my mark there as well.
Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?
Alexandra Snow: The ability to emote. Whether this is in photo or video, the model needs to be able to be portray a moment in time with feeling, not just be a pretty face.
Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?
Alexandra Snow: In this day and age, more photographers seek to collaborate than just outright hire a model. This makes the work so much more interesting and dynamic! For me, I look for depth in a photo. I want it to speak to me on some level, convey something interesting or thought-provoking. When I model, I strive to create that dimension.
In POV video (my specific genre), you are essentially destroying the fourth wall of reality that separates the medium from the viewer. In theatre, this is when a character speaks directly to the audience, but in fetish video.. this is an incredibly difficult thing to accomplish. You have to think ahead each step of the way and authentically portray the scenario or fetish at hand. What really defines a great video is connecting with the viewer so that he or she believes you are talking to them and no one else.
Sinical Magazine: In this photo set you are wearing nylons. What is the appeal of nylons to you?
Alexandra Snow: I’ve always been a nylon fanatic! I have incredibly sensitive feet and legs, so the feel of nylons has always been a very sensual experience. I’ve developed a great appreciation for different types of hosiery.. and my collection grows every day. My favorites remain Wolford, Transparenze, and Eleganti.
Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?
Alexandra Snow: Although I have a huge wardrobe filled with leather, latex, and lingerie.. I’m a silk/satin fetishist at heart. It’s why I love nylons so much as well. There’s something about the glossy, soft feel of a satin corset that puts other options to shame. Next to satin, I’m equally in love with leather and with corsets. I currently own more than 30 corsets and think it’s a paltry number when I go to get dressed. I also enjoy the smell and feel of high quality, fashionable leather.
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?
Alexandra Snow: I am 34G (natural) - 26 - 33, and I’m 5’5. The running joke is that all I ever wanted to be was tall, but I got large breasts instead. Hey-- use what you’ve got!
Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?
Alexandra Snow: I am a size 8.
Sinical Magazine: How did you become a Dominant?
Alexandra Snow: People like me are exceedingly rare because we are not our occupations, instead turning our occupations into who we are. I have always been a Dominant woman. I never had a crisis of identity, either. I knew what I was. I was putting neighbor kids in dog crates in elementary school (calling it “playing kennel”), and it was all downhill after that. But I believe that being a Dominant personality is no better or worse than any other type, it simply describes a very specific desire to be in charge. With that desire, of course, comes great responsibility (cue Spiderman music) because you must make yourself an impressive leader if you wish to be followed. This is why we differentiate between someone who is a “Dominant” or a “Top.”
Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in a career in professional Domination?
Alexandra Snow: I began in the white collar business world (IT and marketing), and that came with morality clauses in my contract prohibiting me from having profiles on BDSM community sites. I decided to transition into being an independent consultant, and with that came online freedom. It wasn’t long before I was meeting new people and playing with those that caught my fancy. It wasn’t just “fun”-- it was really, truly fulfilling! When I moved to Columbus, OH, I realized that I had a choice to pursue professional Domination as a career and do it differently. I took that chance.
I was obsessive in my pursuit of knowledge. I already had a background in sexual behaviors psychology from John Hopkins, so I knew the mental aspects well. In everything else, I took classes, read books, traveled to seminars, sought personal instruction, and practiced until my fingers bled. I was never happy with being “proficient” in something-- I had to be exceptional. I wanted to be able to do it all.. so I did. Now I teach classes in everything from advanced suspension techniques to sanitation and disinfection protocols.
I built my dungeon, Wicked Eden, and then trained a core group of amazing staff. We are all set to expand our facility into a new space in 2015 and add a few more kinky go-getters to the ranks.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your specialties?
Alexandra Snow: Some of the areas that I have a reputation include: advanced rope bondage (including suspensions and predicaments), PVC wrap bondage, foot worship/domination, tease and denial, CBT, medical play, elaborate role plays, abduction scenarios, extended/overnight scenarios, and much more.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any favourite BDSM devices or toys?
Alexandra Snow: I believe that she who dies with the most toys wins, and I intend to win. My dungeon is so full of devices that you could go for days without repeating. I get bored easily, so I find it important to have lots of things to keep my attention.
Sinical Magazine: What can a client expect from you in his first visit?
Alexandra Snow: The first time I meet with someone, we sit and talk, off the session clock. I spend this time getting to know the person and figuring out what they are truly looking for and ensuring that we are a good match. My primary fetish is control. In order to satisfy that fetish, I need to be able to get inside my subject’s mind and figure out how he ticks. After that, I craft a session that includes the activities we both enjoy so the experience is fulfilling for both parties.
Sinical Magazine: Is S&M a form of psychotherapy?
Alexandra Snow: It certainly can be, but so can going to the gym and traveling abroad. BDSM requires a higher level of self-awareness and honesty in communication, both of which are tenants in psychotherapy, so if someone is able to work through their issues with kink, then it’s a bonus. But all people have baggage and the human experience is about how we deal with that baggage. In the last decade of seeing clients, I feel the biggest impact I have on their issues is that I accept them for who they are. Plain and simple: I don’t judge. We all need that in our lives.
Sinical Magazine: Can you talk about some of your various websites?
Alexandra Snow: The portal website that allows you to get to all the different things that I do is AlexandraSnow.com, which includes the links to my dungeon (Wicked Eden), to information about making appointments for in-person or remote sessions, details about booking me as a model or what projects I am booking models for, current publication appearances, and how to find my videos.
Sinical Magazine: What type of videos are on your Clips4Sale page?
Alexandra Snow: I have been a perpetual top 10 store on Clips4Sale since 2011 and I am the only FemDom model-producer to do that. Although I am classified as a “FemDom POV” video producer, my genre is not limited to that. My videos encompass everything from hypnosis to sensual domination to specific fetishes (like nylons) to transformations and supernatural scenarios. I have several new projects that are still in the works, including the complete overhaul of my membership site, Vicious Beauty.
Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?
Alexandra Snow: My tastes are very eclectic. I like everything from Buddha Bar to electronica to classic rock to old school Goth/industrial. My Spotify account looks like it has multiple personalities.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite authors?
Alexandra Snow: I love historical fiction and really intelligent fantasy, so Phillipa Gregory, Ken Follett, and George R. R. Martin top my list. I was a huge Game of Thrones fan before HBO even knew who they were. ;)
Sinical Magazine: Do you have any upcoming projects or events you will be appearing at you would like to mention?
Alexandra Snow: I have lots of exciting things that I can’t quite say yet, but like my shiny new Facebook page (Facebook.com/DominaSnow) and follow me on Twitter (@DominaSnow) for all the announcements as they come out. |
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