Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your experience of working on “Playboy Video Playmate Calendar 2009” ?
Ms. Juliette Fretté: Well this was actually not a separate project. I shot my playmate Pictorial and corresponding videos for Playboy and they created a number of products from that pool of material. The video calendar is but one of many videos out there.
But to be candid, there are parts of my Playboy videos that embarrass me. I regularly strive to have them removed from unauthorized sites online but to some extent one cannot police the internet! Otherwise I had a lot of fun shooting just about everything with Playboy, even if I am ambivalent about some of the outcomes.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: How did you feel on being selected by Playboy magazine as the Playmate of the Month for June 2008?
Ms. Juliette Fretté: Very excited and happy! I love being in front of the camera and participating in creative work. I actually elected to work with Playboy in this regard because I was guaranteed the ability to write my own article for the magazine. If that had not been the case, I am not sure if I would have done another pictorial after my initial special editions in college.
As for the Playmate experience, I am glad that I did it, but the article in question was heavily edited without my final review and at the time I was too naive to question the process. For example, there are sentences in there that I simply never wrote – ones that actually criticized other feminist scholars! As much as that aggravated me, I was nevertheless glad to have my overall feminist message delivered to an unorthodox audience (along with my nude body of course).
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the aspiring and budding fashion model girls, who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to the ladder of success in the field of modelling?
Ms. Juliette Fretté: Everyone has a different path so know that your journey will always be very individual. There is no wrong way to do anything. As long as whatever you are doing is from a place of self love and fearlessness, you will make the best decisions along your path of learning. I recommend constantly reminding yourself that you are a brilliant spiritual being inhabiting a human body and that no matter what you do or don’t do in this life, nothing will change that.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us more about your working as a contributor to the online Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and about your article “Painting, Playboy and The New Feminist.” ?
Ms. Juliette Fretté: Ah that article was written about me by a fellow Whitehot magazine contributor and colleague Dylan Petley who is a great writer.
I otherwise personally wrote some other articles for the magazine about a year or so before I became a bonafide Playmate. Whitehot magazine is actually the first online publication I ever worked for and I loved it while it lasted! That magazine gave me some great excuses to explore art in ways that I might not have done otherwise and they also gave me an opportunity to fly to New York by myself for the first time at age 23 to have a great adventure!
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