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SuicideGirls


We have the newswire that covers everything from video games to politics, music and celebrity - says Missy Suicide. We have great staff writers like Wil Wheaton and Seanbaby.

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Issue 16 (2/2006) • may 31, 2006 • wersja polska »»


SuicideGirls

SuicideGirls were brought to life on summer 2001 as an artistic experiment of Missy Suicide and her boyfriend Sean.

Missy, crazy about pin-up photographs, decided to start off a new internet project that would be related to them. She wanted to take pictures of girls she knew, allowing them total control over their image.

She gathered a few funky girls from Portland - they had their bodies decorated with tattoos and piercing. The main objective was to portray their personalities in a pin-up way.

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Missy's artistic vision together with Sean's marketing talent give birth to a profitable business. SuicideGirls are now a perfect example of how to make money on an uncommon passion. When a hobby turned into an everyday job, SuicideGirls grew and reached the size of a quite impressive firm. We have about 10 people on staff full time and have several freelance photographers and photoshoppers around the world, says Missy. The majority of the crew are girls, as the name obliges.


Skate, Pink Panty, Calendar, Book Cover, DVD Cover, Poster

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SuicideGirls in numbers

Promotion

Staff

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Demographics

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Translation: Ewa Wojtowicz


We are kind of a world of our own


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The SuicideGirls lenses had the pleasure of working with over 1200 strong, sexy and confident girls from all over the world. All of them were free to choose the scenery of the picture, clothes, hair-do and make-up. Some of them even take pictures of themselves. What counts is their individual style and the sense of beauty. If you want to win a punk girl's heart you need to let her be herself.

The Girls

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According to the official FAQ, SuicideGirls receive around 1.5 thousand applications from girls that would like to be the site's models. Those that are chosen have a session with a photographer cooperating with SuicideGirls, are given SG clothes, a life long subscription and $300, which is a lot for this kind of business. But anyway in the indie rock underworld it's not money that matters.

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You can see a diversity of girls on the SuicideGirls site, varying in the skin color and corpulence. Most of them, however, are slim and white, which is often pointed out. According to the critics, SuicideGirls is only claiming to be alternative to the common stereotypes of beauty and what you can find in the gallery proves against the claim. But SuicideGirls are not attempting to please everyone and the piece of internet that they create attracts thousands of people any way.

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The Community

So what's so special about this service? The people. The models are not anonymous, and the visitors have the right to express their opinions. The site went though a whole evolutionary process. Starting from a simple kinky gallery it is now a complex community. For the visitors there are not only 100 thousand pictures available, but they can also look through the girls' diaries. Galleries, blogs and profiles of thousands of visitors create a space where you can easily meet new people. The members of the community have already found jobs, flat mates and even spouses through the community. Is this all that SuicideGirls have to offer? No.

We have the newswire that covers everything from video games to politics, music and celebrity. - says Missy Suicide. We have great staff writers like Wil Wheaton and Seanbaby to guest writers, like the cousin of Jill Carol, the reporter who was being held hostage in Iraq and Michael Totten. The community is also thriving. There are hundreds of couples who have met on the site and gotten married. You can find a group to dicscuss just about whatever you are into, obscure sub-genres of music, to string theory. There are regional groups around the world that have real world meet ups, if you prefer to see your friends in 3D.

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There is also a separate section where over 800 Interviews with pop and alternative culture celebrities were gathered. Most of them were conducted by David Robert Epstein who talked to most of the prominent figures of the world of music and film. He himself is an interesting person. You can take a look at an interview with him at Yankee Pot Roast.

Popularity

SuicideGirls have no real competition. You cannot compare them to neither magazines for men nor to common internet communities. When asked about competition Missy bluntly says: We are kind of a world of our own. No one else offers the variety of things we do, all for $5 a month.

The SuicideGirls popularity certainly went beyond Missy's imagination. Her, so called, niche site is visited by 1 million unique guests each week. SuicideGirls are a punk version of My Space. Discussion groups are thriving and there are more and more new visitors as well as girls willing to be models.

Despite the popularity SuicideGirls don't plan launching the site in other languages and they concentrate on developing the already existing community. Right now members can use their native language to keep their journal and interact in groups. The regional groups all use their native tongue, says Missy.

What's interesting is that male visitors are not in the majority. There is roughly equal number of male and female community members. Sometimes there are even more girls than boys. And this is indeed a very girly place. Women get total respect and moderation prevents any vulgarity and chauvinism. SuicideGirls guaranties comfort for both sexes and various sexual orientations.

The Girls come out offline

SuicideGirls decided to take advantage of the brand and the girl's potential. SuicideGirls Live Burlesque Tour is a series of kinky shows, a mixture of dance and cabaret. The girls are about to take their live show to Australia to tour - says Missy. They have been on two North American tours and the first one was chronicled in the DVD that came out last summer on Epitaph. It is a very fun punk rock burlesque show that we hope to bring to Europe soon.

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The girls perform dressed in underclothes or with stickers on their nipples. Each girl chooses a piece of music to dance to. The spectators in the front rows must be prepared for getting covered with cream and chocolate. Not everyone likes it. That's what an irritated reporter of an Australian satiric newspaper The Chaser said: We paid $50 each to see some American skanks, who can't dance, parade round in their knickers and spray us with beer. Still SuicideGirls have full audience each night.

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We can wait for the Missy's nude punk to come to our chilly country. But meanwhile we can consider something else. If you have your own passion and an idea how to share it with others, just do it! There are certainly other maniacs sharing the same craze and together you may even achieve as much as Missy did.

Marcin Warpechowski