Suicide Girls: Where Stereotypes Come to Die

pal“A nation wide art-sleaze phenomenon. ”

 “It’s like a punk rock Vogue…with artful nude photos of women. “

 “They’re the girls next door – but more colorful and with better record collections. “

SuicideGirls, a group of alternative pin-up girls (NSFW), is drawing quite a lot of attention of late from magazines like Spin, Wired, and the LA Times. As a movement, the main theme of the SuicideGirls is “beauty redefined”: tattoos, piercings, curves and crazy-colored hair adorn the pages of their site where embracing one’s own personal style, fashion and personality is highly encouraged.

We were lucky enough to talk to Palette Suicide (SuicideGirl since 2013) and ask her a few questions about Suicide Girls, fashion, and how to be OK with who you are.

First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Palette Suicide. I’m 22 years old and am originally from San Diego, CA, but I moved to New York when I was 18. I’m a creative person, so I consider myself an artist and I really enjoy painting, drawing and making things. I do have a regular day job like everyone else, but one day I would really enjoy modeling and creating art full-time.Showing off her fabulous tattoos.
How would you describe the Suicide Girls movement?
 I like the term movement for this because it encompasses not only the women who are SuicideGirls, but also everyone else involved. What started as a simple website really grew into a cultural phenomenon. It’s a group of people who understand and celebrate that there are a lot of different ways a woman can be beautiful. A person doesn’t have to look like an airbrushed centerfold, or a typical catalog  model. To perpetuate that a certain one is more beautiful than the other is silly. SuicideGirls shows women who have tattoos, piercings, dyed hair, AND women who don’t at all. Its not a site about who has the most body modifications, but rather a site that shows we can choose the way we present ourselves, no matter how much society tells us it’s “fucked up.” We are beautiful.
 How and why did you get into the Suicide Girls?adf
 Even when I was younger, I looked up to these women because I thought they were inspiring. I saw confidence. I saw gorgeous colored hair or interesting tattoos, and curves. I knew I wanted to be a SuicideGirl when I was older and it took me a few years to really gain the confidence to do so.  After joining the community, I was amazed at the amount of women who were so body positive and happy to share that same mindset.
 How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style isn’t too complicated. I love wearing dresses, usually mid thigh length, with tights or knee high socks and boots. Most of my clothes are black, grey, floral print, or acid wash. I need to be comfortable. Its sort of a casual 90s goth-y look, I suppose.pal1
What is your go-to fashion item?
Black boots. Any outfit can be worn with black boots. They’re comfortable and look good with everything.
What’s your favorite item you’ve received from LightInTheBox?
 I got this amazing pair of tights that are lacy, sheer on top and made to look like there are garters holding up the tights. They’re so sexy and subtle, but great to layer with a dress or even shorts. I would wear them every day if I could. I have so may pairs of ripped stockings and usually I’m OK with that, but I am terrified of messing these ones up because I love them so much.

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Rocking her LightInTheBox tights.

 quoRedefining beauty is a major part of SG. What advice would you give to women struggling with self-esteem or body image issues?
Everyone is different but that is not a bad thing. We see beauty in a lot of varied ways and even the most glamorous seeming people have issues with their self esteem. We were taught to reach goals that may not be healthy or attainable. Our bodies are ours, and should be loved, taken care of and no one should make you feel shameful for yours. I’ve learned this through seeing so many proud and different woman, and coming to terms with loving my own body despite what I think may be flaws.
Want to see more of Palette? Check her out on Instagram
Wanna try the SuicideGirl look? Check out these corsets, panties, and lingerie.
(All photos from Palette Suicide’s Instagram account)

 

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