In an effort to shine more much needed light on dames doing it for themselves and rocking it, I’ve started a new blog feature called “Self Made Dame” where I will interview badass babes running their own business(es).
Today I’m interviewing the very gorgeous and totally awesome
Scarlet Saint now Kiera Rose. You may know her from her modelling, photography, her lovely Youtube videos or perhaps from her jewellery store, Little Doe, so read on to learn more about this multi-talented babe.
Quick fire questions!
Kiera Rose, 22.
Suffolk, UK (and still here!)
Describe your personal style:
That’s a tough one. Sometimes it’s modern, tattooed pin up. Sometimes it’s grunge or feminine pastels and pencil skirts. I don’t really have one style, I just experiment.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m not a bad cook; and strangely enough I’m a good poet too!
Top 5 songs on your iPod playlist:
(I don’t have an iPod, but lately this is what I’m listening to most!)
– When I See an Elephant Fly – Dumbo
– Need – Wax
– 7 Rooms of Gloom – Four Tops
– Everybody – Backstreet Boys (it’s a good song okay)
-Bird Song – Florence & The Machine
I don’t think I have one.
Days when I don’t even get dressed!
[© RXC photography]
The Nitty Gritty…
Did you go to college and if so, what did you study?
Yes! I studied media production in college and digital film production at uni. Though I did not complete my course at uni after a change of heart.
How did you get into modelling? Where has it taken you?
I began modelling as a child, I was with an agency for a short while. I quickly decided against pursuing it as my career but continued to enjoy working with people to produce a joint vision. That’s the only reason I still do it occasionally, I just enjoy working with someone creative, taking an idea and making it real and something we can show other people to enjoy.
What started Little Doe? Do you design and hand make each item?
Little Doe began almost by accident. I never went into it with the intention of starting a business. I thought I’d sell a few pieces that I had ideas for and they’d be considered some kind of “merchandise” for my YouTube channel, and that would be it. After I began though, it was like a wave of creativity came over me. I still had so much to learn but could see all the posibilities.
I design and handmake all the dangle plugs. The rest of the jewellery all requires some degree of hand crafting, but some more than others. During my first few months of work I over complicated lots of my products; things like cutting all my chains to length by hand. Now I buy better quality pre cut chains in bulk which saves me so much time. The dangle plugs are my main priority and those will always be individually put together by hand.
I consider Little Doe my main project now, bigger than YouTube or anything else I do. Little Doe is where my time, money and creativity goes. It’s what I spend my days doing. And ultimately it’s what puts food on my table. (Well, dinner tray. I don’t have a table!)
What would you like to see more of in women’s magazines?
I stopped reading womens magazines a long time ago to be honest. So I’m not sure. They have nothing appealing to me now.
Why did you start a Youtube channel? Did you know what you were going to make videos about when you started?
I’d been making YouTube videos many years before my current channel was made. To cut a long story short, I had decided against film as a career for me but still wanted to make them as I enjoyed it so much. My first channel was full of my music videos, and I had a side channel for personal videos. Both those channels were suspended due to copyright issues. (Back then everyone was using whatever music they wanted and we thought it was fine as long as we included a little disclaimer. How wrong we were!).
After some time at uni I decided to make a new channel, this time no music videos, just me. At the time all I knew was I was going to dye my hair red and document it. It all started from there really. None of it was planned; but it’s turned out well. Who knows, if I had planned it perhaps it wouldn’t have!
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Little Doe. Without a doubt.
What do you still want to accomplish?
I’m forever unsatisfied with my YouTube channel. I feel like I could do better. Which is a good thing I guess, as I’ll always be striving to improve. I want to make better videos, more and better Little Doe products.
Who/what inspires you?
I’m incredibly inspired by science and nature.
Let’s talk Cosplay…
It’s obvious you look like Xena The Warrior Princesse’s twin sister but this isn’t the only reason you cosplay as her is it?
No. It may have been as first though. It’s difficult to explain, but becoming someone you love and admire so much is just such a great feeling. She embodies lots of emotions for me, and I think part of the reason I’m so fussy about my costume is because I almost feel a duty to do the best I can for her. Silly I know, but she’s been a huge part of my life.
How much work has gone into developing an authentic Xena costume so far?
I’ve had many costumes over the years, almost all have broken. I’m not the best at costume making I guess! These days I work on what I am good at, like Little Doe, and then buy my costume parts from the talented Todd from Todds Costumes. I only have two more items to purchase before I may finally be satisfied with my costume enough to attend a convention in it!
[Cover photo by Maja Stina]
Do you/have you cosplayed as anyone else?
Growing up I was always in costume. My favourite characters to cosplay as a child were Princess Jasmine and Esmerelda. I’m planning more in the future, Lara Croft is definitely going to happen!
Is there anything else we don’t know about Scarlet Saint?
Many things! But I can’t think of something interesting enough to write here. Umm…I eat way too much Ben and Jerry’s. There we go!
Do you know of a self made dame that you would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments and I’ll do what I can to interview her!