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Interview with SuicideGirls co-founder Missy Suicide by AXS

Missy Suicide Interview

Missy Suicide

You may not realize this, but those tattooed girls with vibrant hair and piercings to the gills who call themselves SuicideGirls are slowly and subtly taking over the media. You may have seen them pop up from time to time, maybe on TV shows like “CSI,” in music videos like Luis XIV’s “Paper Doll,” or at concerts, like their upcoming Queens of the Stone Age collaborations. They have made movies and comic books, and have their own clothing line that does pretty well. Something the girls are known for is their international burlesque tours, which incorporate an endless array of elements from comedy to music to dancing naked on stage. Their latest voyeurism, Blackheart Burlesque, is currently touring the U.S.
SuicideGirls are much, much more than a bunch of hot, naked chics with tattoos, as SG co-founder, Missy Suicide, will attest in this interview where we discuss Blackheart Burlesque, pornography, SuicideGirls’ plot to take over the world, and her personal experience with nude selfies.
This is Ryan Stabile reporting for AXS. I’m here with Missy Suicide, the co-founder of SuicideGirls.
Hi.
First, I want to say that I think it’s amazing how you managed to turn a mainstream stigma into something that is desirable. These are girls who were once social outsiders. Now girls are lining up to be the next Suicide Girl.
Thanks.
The Blackheart Burlesque tour has been going on for a couple of weeks now. Where are you right now?
The girls are somewhere near Cincinnati … I am in LA. As much as I would like to be on the road with them, I have a lot of other stuff going on. While our touring girls will be in New York City for Halloween, our L.A. troupe will be with Queens of the Stone Age.
The girl’s tour bus recently broke down before the Grand Rapids show. How does that affect the morale of the girls on a national tour like this?
They were bummed because they look forward to meeting fans in every city. The girls talk back and forth with them, so when they can’t meet them they get really bummed out. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to Grand Rapids when we do the next tour.
Did you have the girls hike up their skirts and flag down a tow-truck?
[Missy giggles] Somehow they got it taken care of and they are now headed to Cincinnati.
Good to hear. SuicideGirls have done a number of burlesque tours over the years. How is Blackheart Burlesque different?
This one is all pop culture references. It’s a more choreographed then they have been in the past. It’s just taken to the next level. We have some amazing partners we are working with. Our choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, he was worked with everyone from Beyoncé to Lady Gaga. He takes my crazy ideas and brings them to life. It blows my mind. Junker makes the costumes, so when the girls get into their costumes it is beyond what I could have possibly imagined.
How many different girls do you have involved with this show?
There are six dancers.
Who wrote this show?
Well, I came up with the ideas. Like, I want to do an Ode to Game of Thrones, and I want to do it to MIA’s “Bad Girls.” So, I would come up with these ideas, and then match them to songs, and Manwe would run with it. Everything he creates is amazing.
Are you and Manwe are on the same page pretty much all the time?
Yes. He and I share a brain.
The Blackheart Burlesque tour lasts 61 days, beginning in Denver on October 14 and ends in San Diego on December 7 before you bring the show overseas to do several back to back shows in London in January 2015. How is the demeanor of the girls at the beginning of the tour compared to at the very end?
A lot of the girls are excited about going on tour, but they’ve never done anything like this before, so they are a little nervous. Then, by the end they’ve become seasoned pros. They kick a*s and everything is great.
How does the show evolve throughout the tour? Is it the same rehearsed numbers that Denver is seeing that we’ll see in Hollywood months later, or do you like to throw a little twist in there from time to time?
It’s probably going to be the same numbers, but Manwe is going on tour with them for the East Coast cities, so he’s going to fine-tune and tweak it a bit, and we’re going full-the-f*ck-out.
So it is becoming refined along the way.
Yeah, there are little changes here and there.
Since its inception in 2001, how has SuicideGirls evolved with technology?
We redid our website a year ago. When we were first starting out, no one had smart phone. Social networking wasn’t even a thing then. The initial design was just for the computer, but now everyone uses their phone for everything, so we created a website that works on all platforms. So, now, whether you are using your laptop or iPhone or Android or tablet or Xbox, you can see everything in the same way.
2001 seems like a long time ago. What kind of phone did you have back then?
I don’t think I even had a phone in 2001. My first phone was the Blackberry Pearl. I think that was 2004, though.
You’re telling me that when you first started SuicideGirls, you didn’t have a phone for three years into this business?
[Missy laughs] Maybe.
You guys have a really great newswire team. How did that originally become an integral facet of SuicideGirls?
Everything about the site has come about naturally in a way that serves out community. Since we’ve been around for 13 years, we’ve got some incredible feedback. People on the site started talking about who they wanted to meet or what they wanted to be. We’ve had celebrity members come to us and ask to write columns, and of course we said yes.
A lot of these girls who might want to get into journalism or writing, they do a lot of these columns as well?
Yeah, the girls write interviews and a lot of the girls who start out as models become photographers. We try to help foster any creative dreams we can.
Do you ever feel that SuicideGirls is often wrongfully associated with mainstream pornography?
We’re definitely different. The girls are just nude. It’s more like playboy.
What it boils down to is that your girls don’t have to put weird things in their butts. Not for money, at least. There are no SuicideGirl f*ck flicks, so readers, don’t waste your time looking. Regardless of what your girls do in their off time, you have to agree that SuicideGirls photography is so much more tasteful than, say, Hustler.
Yes. When you look at art history, the most celebrated subject is the nude female form. You’re going to see far more nudity and explicitly in art galleries than you will on SuicideGirls.
True, but do you feel like when people first discover SuicideGirls, their brain immediately categorizes it under pornography?
Maybe more back in the day, but in the past few years I haven’t had much of that reaction. I feel like society is starting to evolve a little bit. People have become more accepting of nudity and the definition of beauty has started to expand a little bit.
Do you feel like SuicideGirls is changing the way people think or feel about nudity in general?
I would like to think so! I hope that we had something to do with it after 13 years.
I’ve heard you say over and over again how confidence is sexy. In your experience, what is the best way for a woman to project that confidence?
I think that it’s something internal. When you feel beautiful, you project this air of confidence, and it is attractive to other people. When you look in the mirror, instead of finding your faults, you find the things you like about yourself and focus on that. That is projecting confidence.
It doesn’t matter who you are, does it? You could be a 90 year old, wrinkled pervert, but if you look in the mirror and say to yourself, “Dayum, I still got it.” That is sexy confidence.
Exactly. Instead of looking at yourself and thinking, “Oh, I look fat today,” you can look in the mirror and say “My cleavage rocks,” or “I killed it on make-up today,” you’re going to be confident all day.
And that is sexy. So many today have this idea in their head that there is something wrong with them.
They focus on the negative when they look in the mirror when they should be focusing on the positive. Don’t focus on what isn’t quite right about your outfit, focus on what works. Put it all together.
When you were first starting out, did you ever have trouble convincing girls to take off their clothes so that you could take photographs of them to post on the internet? Was that just an awkward conversation to have?
[Missy giggles] I was more nervous about it than they were. I was like, “Well, we’re doing this thing where I’m taking pictures of my friends and they’re beautiful and tasteful and nude and we’re putting them up on the internet. It’s not going to be sleazy or creepy or weird…” I had a whole spiel. And the general reaction I got was, “F*ck yeah! I want to show off my tattoos and titties!” That’s how awesome my friends were.
Wow, those are some cool friends. This is back in Portland?
Yes.
Was there ever a time you had any apprehensions about whether the site would take off at first? Was there ever a moment where you wanted to drop it all and quit?
Over 13 years there has been ebbs and flows in my confidence level, but it’s my baby. I’ve invested so much time and love and so much of my life and friend’s lives. There has been tough times but overall it has been an amazing experience.
Is there any new territory or direction in which you would like to expand SuicideGirls? Any new features you fantasize about adding to the site?
There are new ideas we would love to do …
Like what?
We did a comic book a few years back and I would love to do another comic book. I would love to do a TV show and a book and all sorts of things.
Well, SuicideGirls has several photography books, in addition to a number of movies out now. You girls pretty much have your hand in everything. I’m pretty sure if SuicideGirls wanted to take over the world you would meet little resistance.
[Missy giggles] I hope so! On our old site, we had a timeline where in 2015 we have bought our own private island… I don’t know if we’re still on track for that.
So you’re saving up for a private island right now?
Yeah, you know, somewhere the girls can come and kick back and plot to take over the world.
Suicide Girl Island, there is your TV show right there.
That’s a good idea!
Any other plans for 2015?
We would like to take the tour worldwide. Well, specifically to South America. We’ve grown so much in South America and we have so many amazing girls there that we would love to be able to take the show there. We tried last year and it didn’t quite happen, but this year is the year we go to South America.
You’re already planning another international burlesque tour?
Yeah. I feel like 2015 is going to be the year that we explode.
Is Manwe going to choreograph that as well?
Yes.
Missy, how come you’ve never modeled or done a photoset?
I’m not very good on camera.
Why? You’re the SuicideGirls ringleader, you should have ten times the amount of confidence your girls have.
Modeling is a skill. I just get very awkward in front of the camera.
You just need to find your personal level of confidence, right?
I’m pretty confident, but I just make awkward faces and I look crazy… I don’t know.
Would you ever be open to something like that? Even in a non-public setting, say, for your husband?
Well, everybody takes sexy selfies. I read that something like 96 percent of people age 18 to 40 have taken nude selfies. It’s part of our culture now.
I feel like that has a lot to do with why nudity is generally more accepted now because, like you said, everyone takes naked pictures of themselves at some point.
Yep.
That’s all for AXS’ Missy Suicide interview. It was an absolute pleasure talking to you and I can’t wait to see you at the House of Blues in Hollywood on December 5.
See you then! Thank you so much!

You can read the full interview here.

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