Here at Latex24/7 we’re always eager and pleased to speak to anyone who shares our love of latex fashion. We were therefore incredibly excited when latex fashion model Ashley Merwin agreed to speak to us.
Very few people have done as much to publicise and influence the changing trends and views of latex fashion as Ashley Merwin. From her frequent outdoor adventures in latex fashion to her attendance and visits at cosplay events, Ashley was recently kind enough to take the opportunity to speak to Latex24/7 about her love of the material and her experiences in modelling and public opinion.
Latex24/7: Ashley, thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us and our readers. It is greatly appreciated and we’re sure that our readers can’t wait to hear about your love of latex fashion.
Q: Please provide a short overview of yourself and your modelling career so far. For example, when and how did you first get into modelling?
A: I’m Ashley Merwin and I’m a latex fetish model based in London, UK. I started modelling for fun as a cosplayer, now I’m an influencer for latex fashion!
Q: Can you describe what is involved with a typical modelling assignment? When do discussions begin around locations and themes, what does the day of a shoot normally entail?
A: Every shoot is different, it’s all about the planning! Some days it’s 8 hours other days it’s 2 hours. It all depends on the location, the day, the theme and the outfits. I like to keep my shoots fun and as relaxed as possible.
I suppose to summarise a day for me would be to start off with breaky, coffee (I can’t live without coffee) shower and makeup. I always pack my outfits the night before to make life easier. I’ll usually wear comfy casuals on the way to the shoot and get ready there. The rest of the day is taking lots of snaps and having small breaks. Oh, and most importantly going out for drinks after! 😉
Q: Throughout a models career there are often standout projects, and shoots, which a model is particularly proud of. What do you feel have been the highlights of your modelling career so far?
A: I really enjoy what I do but I think my first latex in public shoot was one of the best and most scary things I can remember. I had done quite a few indoor location shoots prior to it but this one really stands out for me. I can’t describe the feeling of excitement I had when I left my hotel room. I was expecting many people to look at me with disapproval but the first lady I bumped into said “Wow! I love your outfit and look at those boots!” And that really set the day off for me, I had so much fun I felt so confident. I’ll never forget that feeling. Now going out latex in public is normal to me haha!
Q: What is it that makes you keep coming back to modelling time and time again? Is it the people, the challenge, the sense of achievement, the positive comments?
A: I love working with creative fun people. I get to visit and travel. I love that there is always something new and different you can try. There is just… SO MUCH LATEX.
Q: Moving onto the world of latex fashion and the wonderful shiny stuff, how long have you been modelling latex outfits and adding the genre to your portfolio?
A: I have been modelling latex for about two years now. My wardrobe is ridiculous, I have so many outfits and heels. I am a bit of a girly girl at heart.
Q: What first sparked your interest or first got you involved in modelling latex fashion garments? How did you discover the material? Was it a personal interest or intrigue, maybe seeing celebrities wearing outfits made from latex, were you approached by a designer?
A: A photographer suggested I should try latex and I thought why not! I liked the look and the feel of the material. It’s so shiny, I have to touch it!
Q: Which latex fashion brands have you worked, or collaborated with? What were their outfits like to model?
A: I love Westward Bound latex. They are an amazing company with so many different styles and the quality is superb. I have never had a problem with how they fit and they are just a great team. You must check them out. I also use Vivishine for their shiner products which also help protect my latex.
Q: There are many latex fashion designers around the world who cover a wide and varied range of latex clothing styles. Who are your favourite designers? If you could model for any designer, or any style of latex clothing, what would it be?
A: I’d love to model for Fantastic Rubber. I love their crazy and unique designs, especially the way they play with transparency.
Q: Latex is a unique material and totally different from the majority of other fabrics which are commonly used during the making of fashion garments. What was your reaction the first time you ever wore latex clothing? How does it make you feel?
A: Let me touch it! Haha I just couldn’t wait to try it on. Omg it’s so shiny…. I feel amazing wearing it.
Q: With the uniqueness of the material, and like any form of niche modelling, there are often increased challenges which would not be present with traditional photoshoots. What challenges does latex pose for you as a model?
A: Latex can be a challenge because it holds temperature. If it’s hot outside you will be boiling. If it’s cold outside you will be freezing. I went to do a shoot last year at a hotel on the hottest day of the year with no air conditioning in the room, I was really sweating haha. I couldn’t wait to get out of the room for some fresh air! I just say to people who are planning a shoot check the weather, make sure you have air conditioning and keep hydrated. Look after yourself people!
Q: What do you feel is the main appeal of latex fashion?
A: I think latex is just such a great material. You just look and feel so good in it. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say I don’t like the look of latex.
Q: Who is your biggest influence and who do you respect most in the genre of latex fashion?
A: My biggest influence hmmm… I’d say starfucked, she has such a unique style!
Q: Latex clothing means different things to different people, ranging from the empowering to the outlandish. What does latex fashion mean to you?
Q: What is the best reaction you have ever received whilst wearing the shiny stuff? How do those not used to latex fashion react? Is it generally positive or negative?
A: I quite often get people asking if they can touch me…I think the funniest I’ve heard is you look like something from a comic book. I’d say it’s mostly positive.
Q: Latex fashion has become more and more of a normality in mainstream thanks to the music, film and celebrity industries. Do you see this trend increasing or do you think outfits made using the material will always be a niche item? Do you feel there will ever be a day when latex garments will be mainstream and can be brought “off the peg” at normal high street stores and shops?
A: I hope one day latex will be something everyone can enjoy! I think because latex is a difficult garment to use and make it won’t go mainstream just yet… I’ve made some latex pieces myself. Latex is usually tailored fitted too. It would be so amazing though to just walk down the main high street and pick up some latex, it would save me so much time haha.
Q: What would you say to anyone interested in wearing the material? What would be your best piece of advice for anyone who is thinking of trying latex but hasn’t done so yet?
A: Honestly just go for it, you shouldn’t let anything stop you. I’d start off with something small like gloves or a skirt. To put the latex on use either baby powder or lube. Personally I prefer lube. It’s easier to put on and cleaner haha.
Q: What do you feel are the biggest barriers for people who haven’t worn latex fashion before? What stops them from taking the plunge?
A: I think a lot of people worry about what others think… whether it’s there friends, partner or family. You only live once, just be you!
Q: How do you feel is the best way to integrate latex into an everyday “public” outfit. How would you mix it with other materials?
A: Latex in public is so normal for me now, I dress up in catsuits. But, I’d say for someone who would like to start experimenting with design try swapping cotton leggings to latex leggings oh and add some cute boots too (I’m a shoe girl by the way), or swap a cotton skirt for a latex skirt. Start simple with plain colours like black 🙂 plus black goes with most items in the wardrobe!
Q: Returning to your experiences of modelling. For models new to latex clothing, or those who are about to shoot in it for the first time, what tips and suggestions would you give them?
A: For new models, I’d say try everything and find your style (you are great just the way you are). I would definitely suggest doing your research and finding photographers you can trust that’s so important.
Q: As a professional model, whose image is everything, what is it that keeps you returning to modelling latex clothing?
A: I love what I do. It’s my job but it’s also a lifestyle choice. I enjoy the busy lifestyle of travelling and meeting like minded people. How could I stop?! 🙂
Q: Are there any upcoming projects which you will be involved in, which you could give us a sneak peek of? Where should we look out for you next?
A: I’m hoping to do a few collaborations this year with other models which is very exciting… AHH I cant wait! I have entered the UK fetish awards for best latex fetish model which is going to be such a fun night. I’m always going out in public in London, keep a look out for me and don’t be afraid to say hi! Have a great day, shiny lovers 😉
Want to know more about Ashley Merwin and her latex adventures? You can, of course, follow this amazing model and latex advocate online via her website and social media through Twitter and Instagram. Ashley also has a Patreon account for exclusive images and behind the scenes info.
Would you like to hear the thoughts of other people involved in the latex industry? Don’t forget you can check out our other latex fashion interviews here on Latex24/7 for more questions, views and insider knowledge.
Do you feel the same way about latex as Ashley? Does it give you the same buzz or are you too worried to try it? Who would you like to see us interview next? Let us know in the comments section below.
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