Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
New York’s most colorful girl!
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m an Alt model, MAC makeup artist, singer, go-go dancer, and Burlesque performer. I am currently putting together a few non-traditional burlesque shows (just doing my own take on it), which will also have some artistic promo videos for them. I’m finishing work on music with a new single coming out soon. I’m also looking into the possibility of having my own makeup lines as well. Just keeping busy and working my little butt off!
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born in Secaucus, New Jersey, but I became a true California girl after my mom and I moved when I was four. I’ve lived in New York for about seven years now, but I plan on moving back to Cali in a year or so.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I don’t really have any heroes. A lot of people have kind of let me down throughout my life. But I do admire people who are not afraid to step out of the box and be who they want to be.
5: What book is your bible?
I never have time to sit down and read! The last book I read was Jenna Jameson’s How To Make Love Like a Porn Star. I’ll just go with that.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love rain, soul food, dubstep music, burlesque, rhinestones, corsets, latex, beach, nature, hikes, E-bay, arts and crafts, driving, doing makeup, horror movies, leg and neck tattoos, and Olive Garden. Some things I hate are liars, cheaters, mean girls, subway trains in the summer, chipped nails, how terrible MTV is now, and health food.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I’d have to say my endless pursuit for happiness.
8: What is your favorite color?
At the moment? Red.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I don’t really have any. I grew up on Barbie, Whitney Houston, and Star Wars.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I spend a lot of time shopping on Broadway, the East Village Flea Market and I love 7A. Believe it or not, unless I’m working, I don’t go out much at night, so I’m kind of out of the loop with what the hottest clubs are.
11: What turns you on?
Curly mustaches, humor, eyebrows, necks, and confidence.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Everyone always asks what type of hair dye I use, so I would probably use that. Manic Panic, of course.
Raquel Reed was born in Secaucus, N.J., on April 11, 1988. She grew up living in Southern California until she moved to New York at 17, quickly becoming one of the leading alternative-scene models in the industry. Standing at 5-foot-six with fire red hair, big-brown eyes with thick-blinking lashes, and a sassy sense of humor, Reed is best known for images that shockingly incorporate sex with comedy and childhood fantasy.
Her ethnic background is mostly Peruvian and African American, part Welsh, and Puerto Rican. Since Reed was a pre-teen, bright-girly colors, candy, and cartoons have been the staple in her style on a large scale from hair to toe. Reed began leveraging herself at the age of twelve using MySpace as a means of publicity. Since then she has been on the covers of Tattoo Life and Alt Magazine, been featured in Retro Lovely, Bizarre, Inked Girls, walked runways for Ed Hardy, Patricia Field, Jared Gold, is a model for Tom Tom Fashions, a Dr. Sketchy’s favorite, Ink-N-iron 2011 Pageant Winner, and also a recording artist. Reed works full time as a makeup artist at MAC cosmetics. In New York, Reed worked at various clothing stores from small shops on St. Marks to the Patricia Field Boutique, the designer of Sex and the City’s store in the Bowery. She supplemented her income as a go-go dancer for Susanne Bartsch parties and various nightclubs in NYC, and became a well known club kid in the underground-party scene. She began building her portfolio, shooting with hundreds of photographers, and establishing herself as a fierce-solo entity in the industry.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Radiant Inc / Courtesy by Raquel Reed
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Raquel Reed, 2011, Photography by Radiant Inc / Courtesy by Raquel Reed