This punk’s a model citizen
Alternative modelling is not just for girls, writes Jade Kennedy
Local alternative male model Zane ‘ Souleater’ Morgan is creating a niche for himself in the Townsville market. ‘‘ Townsville needs it,’’ he said. ‘‘ There needs to be something different here.’’
Zane said he began modelling around September last year. ‘‘ I was told I should get into it,’’ he said. ‘‘ A few people told me I was creepy and weird-looking, which I guess in this sort of industry is kind of a compliment.’’
Zane approached local agency Novelty Imports to take him on their books.
‘‘ When I first met Fi ( owner Fiona Ramage) I went in dressed normally and I don’t think she believed that I was what I was claiming to be,’’ he said.
‘‘ I went back in dressed up and was pretty much signed up on the spot.’’
Despite signing to an agency, Zane said the demand for male alternative models was somewhat slim in Townsville.
‘‘ There’s not really much demand for it here, at least not yet,’’ he said.
‘‘ If I was living in Sydney I’d be making a killing.
‘‘ I go into town here dressed up and get more photos taken with random people than I do paid photo shoots, but hopefully that will change in time.
‘‘ People are generally accepting of it, I’ve actually been in more fights in town with jealous boyfriends because their girls have approached me wanting a photo with me than fights because of how I’m dressed.’’
Zane said his look had been described as ‘‘ a cross between Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie’’ by several people.
‘‘ I’ve had a few weird names thrown at me, too,’’ he said.
‘‘ Charles Manson was one that was pretty out there.’’
Zane said his nickname, Souleater, had stuck as a modelling name.
‘‘ A couple of mates gave me the nickname a couple of years ago when I started dressing goth,’’ he said.
‘‘ My mate’s sister said I looked like I was going to steal her soul, so I ended up with the name Souleater.’’
Not only is Zane Townsville’s only male alternative model, he also takes the title for Townsville’s tallest mohawk.
‘‘ When I went to the hairdresser’s to
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see if they could put it up for me, they told me it couldn’t be done,’’ Zane said.
‘‘ I ended up going out and spending about $ 150 on hair products to see if I could do it myself.
‘‘ I eventually worked out that hairspray works best – it takes about an hour to get it up, but once it’s up it’s a foot tall and is the tallest in Townsville.’’
For Zane, one of the benefits of being signed to an agency is the ease of buying clothes.
‘‘ I buy from the Queen of Darkness range, which comes from Luxembourg in Europe,’’ Zane said.
‘‘ I used to have to source it online, but I convinced Fi to start ordering it in, so that makes life a little easier.’’
Zane said he would like to explore his ‘ Souleater’ side more extensively.
‘‘ I’d really like to go down to Dracula’s in Broadbeach to work for a while,’’ he said.
‘‘ My cousin works there. . . it’s just a case of actually getting down there.
‘‘ In the meantime, hopefully I can pick up some more work up here as people become more accepting of the goth/ punk/ alternative scene.’’