KEY POINTS: About Suicide Girls – Suicide Girls started in 2001 as an experiment art project. After the dotcom burst there was nothing to do. I went back to school in Portland and started photographing my friends. What we found was that where most models had a vacant look, these girls had a point of view. We decided to take these girls with something to say and put them on the web and give them a platform. We always believed that we should pay the girls if they were on the web.

– With the Suicide Girls, it’s about how they feel so incredible being themselves. Our girls can do anything from the dishes to being tattooed – they have the same confidence than the classic pin ups of the 40s and 50s. We thought it would be popular in Portland (Portland has the most strip clubs and book stores than anywhere else in the world). When we got an email from a bike rider from Spain who made a homemade T Shirt of his bike we realized that its popularity might spread further. Today, we get a million unique visitors a week. Now we have girls on every continent – even Antarctica. We also do a show – Neo-Burlesque. It brings a sense of the Suicide Girls imagery to real life.

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