Madeline Rae Mason is a stunning Australian model, most known because of her crazy hair she’s not afraid to dye time to time into incredible colors.
At first sight Madeline seems to have a strong look, but after a while, watching her, it’s a pleasure to discover her most romantic way of posing. I guess it depends on her expressions and some delicate movements.
But basically she could be whatever she likes, because she does not surround herself with limits, she just tries any possible way not to be a model only, but to create things that her way of being suggests her.
Remember a bird doesn’t need to belong to a flock to be able to fly.
So, Madeline! Tell us something about Sydney! How do you find yourself working with Australian photographers? Have you ever been to other places?
What can I say about Sydney? It’s really just a city like any other, filled with some amazing people and some epic assholes! No, I love the city, any city for that matter; I love the hectic hustle and bustle of it all. I’m very selective about who I work with, I like to create a work of art, something amazing that leaves an impression and invokes a feeling, so I choose those I collaborate with very carefully. I’m fortunate enough to have been contacted by some amazing photographers over the years and have made some close friends with who in my personal opinion are some of the most creative minds this city has to offer. It’s all about putting yourself out there, talking to people, getting to know strangers and doing what you love. If you stick to your guns and do what you love then people will start to recognize you for it and appreciate it.
I have been to a many number of places, I love to travel and there’s still a hundred more cities and countries on my list. I’ve spent time in Italy and all around the USA, my favorite place so far would definitely have to be L.A.. I love it there, I love walking the streets of Hollywood and just submerging myself among the people there. It feels like home to me and I would love to one day move to Los Angeles and live there for as long as possible. I like to think I’ve planted my roots and left my subtle mark on everywhere I’ve been and seen. Getting back to Sydney though, I’ve lived here unofficially since I was sixteen, I officially moved here on my seventeenth birthday and I’ve never looked back, only forward to where I’m heading next.
We hardly stay behind your hair colors! Do you have them pink right now? Tell us something more about this aesthetic creativity, it seems that people like you so much because of this peculiarity, too, but time ago I red you had a fight with someone on tumblr. He was saying something rude about your blue hair in that moment. I think it’s a bit awkward to now that in 2013 we have this kind of troubles.
Yes, my hair is currently still pink. As for people finding an interest in me because of the colour of my hair, I’m not entirely sure if that’s true, if anything I believe they view it as more of a novelty than anything, but I’m perfectly okay with that. There’s definitely a certain aesthetic when it comes to coloured hair, but personally I don’t see that much creativity within it, sure a lot of the times I mix my own colours, but I’ve seen people that actually create amazing things when it comes to haircuts and colours, these people have literally made their hair into works of art and that’s really not the case with me. I had red hair a long time ago when I was seventeen, it was the first bright colour that I ever had, the first time my hair had really been anything other than black and I only had it for a month or so before I grabbed my usual black hair dye and went over it again. I think it was about three years ago that I really just bleached the hell out of my hair and started sticking with the insane colours, but I didn’t do it out of creativity or to be different, my hair changes according to my mood and at the time I found myself looking at everything around me, looking at the world and realizing how dark and depressing it could seem; so one day I simply picked up some bleach and doused my black hair in it completely, cut a whole heap of it off and dyed it bright red again. There was so much darkness in the world that it was clouding my mind so I added some colour and I’ve been adding colour ever since.
People always ask me what hair colour I’m going to go next and really I just can’t answer that question because I don’t plan my hair colours, I change them depending on my mood. When I’ve had enough of one colour I wash it out and dye it whatever colour I feel fitting once it’s a blank canvas again. I don’t like to plan anything because I hate giving myself any form of restraint, all I know for certain when it comes to my hair is that when I’m finally done with the colours I’m going to cut it and shave it off into a mohawk. I love mohawks and I’ve always wanted one, I have for as long as I can remember and have a soft spot for them, a weakness if you will, seriously, if you have a mohawk even if I’ve never met you before in my life, I will automatically love you, even a really unique faux hawk will make me weak at the knees!
I think I know what comments you’re referring to on Tumblr, but really it wasn’t a fight so to speak, I tend to avoid responding and answering all the personal negativity that’s aimed at me over the internet, people have the right to think and feel what they will, but when I come across a negative comment that is left for me worded in a way that could very well be aimed at others also, I respond to it in hopes that others who may be hurt by such comments will find the strength within themselves to reach the mind frame that I have found for myself.
The reality of it all is simply that it’s never going to stop. Not everyone is going to like you and they don’t have to, you shouldn’t expect them to. So long as you’re true to yourself and know exactly who you are, then comments like that shouldn’t get to you, it’s annoying to say the least and sometimes all that hate has a way of building up against you, but really it’s just another form of bullying.
It’s 2013 and we still don’t accept people for who they are, we still feel the need to verbally and physically attack others for being who they are and quite frankly it’s disgusting, but truthfully I’ve always believed that we’re teaching the wrong things and doing the wrong thing about it. We shouldn’t be trying to stop bullying, yes, in a perfect world bullying would not exist, but the world is not perfect and I’ve always been a fan of imperfections. No, what we should be teaching kids in schools is how to cope with bullying because it’s not just something that happens in adolescence. Adults bully adults too, it doesn’t go away once you leave school, it’s always there and it’s a part of everyday life, the older you get the more subtle and sly it becomes but it’s always there, always lurking around the corner waiting to burn you when you’ve achieved something you’re proud of.
I’m not going to sit here and say that the trick is not to let it get to you, because it does, it affects everyone on different levels, but really it’s just as simple as looking at it from a different angle and a different way of thinking. Nothing drives your enemies insane like success. Nothing drives your foes to madness like a smile. Even if it does get to you, don’t let them see it because that is exactly what they want, to know that they’ve burned you. Don’t give them that satisfaction. Instead, take their words and use it as inspiration, accept the challenge of them saying you’ll never be or accomplish anything and use it as your drive forward to prove them wrong and become and do everything you’ve ever wanted with your life. A very wise young man has once said: “When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end you end up polished and they end up useless.” I don’t believe that any amount of words or explanations can possibly say it any better than that.
Which is your favorite way of posing? Imagine a situation with a comfortable location and a good photographer, so describe it!
I really don’t have to imagine it that basically describes every shoot that I’ve ever done with the truly amazing JULIA TROTTI. To give you a rough idea imagine spending a day with a few friends, getting all glammed up and wandering around through city streets, across mountains of sand, climbing in and getting stuck laughing like no tomorrow trying to climb on your hands and knees out of a really deep skate park bowl, over and under fences and add in snapping pictures along the way. As for posing I really can’t say that I have a favorite ‘pose’ really, I just wander around like a madwoman lost in a world that either only exists inside my mind or one that has been created around me to try and match the theme of the shoot. Honestly I feel that I just wander around either playing with my hair or going crazy while pretending I’m super badass.
And what about the other side of the lens? I can see you take pictures as well. Also, you’re a designer. Tell us everything!
Yes I do. I was a photographer long before I decided to dip my toes into the world of modeling and honestly I never could have imagined that by just dipping my feet in to test the waters I’d become entirely submerged within it. It’s definitely not all I do, though it seems to be what few people know me for. Really I just like to bite off more than I can chew. I change my mind a lot and lose interest in things very quickly, I have the attention span of a five year-old so I always have to be busy, always have to be doing something and making something. I first fell in love with the idea of photography the second I realized a camera could catch a moment in time and preserve it forever in history. When it comes to photography I’m hopelessly in love with candid imagery, I enjoy capturing people just as they are in an image that will express who they are, something that lets the inner maniac that dwells within us all shine right on through.
As for designing that’s only something I’ve recently gotten into, I’m always making things, it doesn’t really matter what I’m making so long as I’m creating something and since I’ve always made a lot of my own clothes and jewellery I figured why not start to put it out there for those that may appreciate it. I’m still in the processes of organizing and preparing to get it all up off of the ground.
You define yourself a “starving artist”, which sounds funny, but makes a clear idea of the economic difficulties the artists find nowadays. What’s your opinion?
Oh, I definitely define myself as that for the sheer comedy of the term, yes; I’m totally the one who laughs the most at myself. I never take life too seriously but really the reality is that when you submerge yourself to work and function within the art industry chances are you’ll never be making a lot of money. You get used to living and working with what you have and celebrating on those rare occasions that something pays off. I’m really not a fan of money. It honestly disgusts me and can bring out the utter worst in people.
I describe myself as that for comical value because I’m perfectly okay with living a life that may never bring in a steady income, money isn’t important to me, I’m always going to be doing what I love and what I enjoy no matter what, if it doesn’t pay I have no problem with that so long as I’m enjoying myself.
So let’s try not to think about money for few minutes. If you could do, as you say, whatever you want and no matter what, what would you do?
There’s definitely a list a few hundred miles long of what I want to do and intend on doing but if I have to think past that list and of something not directly in my immediate future but something I want to do nonetheless… I would have to say that I would love to create a series of comic books.
A comic of something that’s never been done or seen before, something that pushes boundaries, inspires, leaves a lasting impression and is filled with so much badassery that when you’ve finished reading it, you put it down, stare at it for the longest time and wonder ‘What the hell did I just read?’.
Last but not least, which kind of music do you listen to, Madeline? Do you use to pose with some kind of soundtrack? Suggest us something!
I love music, there’s not a day that goes by when I’m not listening to it. Music drives me, keeps me sane and inspires me beyond comprehension. I don’t have a specific genre that I listen to because of the simple fact that I don’t believe in labels. I personally think it’s impossible to categorize people and the music they create. I definitely listen to music to pump me up and inspire me before shooting, if I had a choice I’d listen to it nonstop during shoots.
I could go on for days listing everything I listen to, so I’ll keep this short and sweet, the musicians currently playing at random on my playlist mix are; in no particular order:
Black Veil Brides, HIM, Negative, Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Sixx AM, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, Bon Jovi, Papa Roach, Hinder, Billy Idol, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Adam Lambert, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Juliet Simms. As for suggestions any of the above if you haven’t previously heard of them I’d definitely recommend you take the time to check them out.
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Text by: Nina Sever