Ladies and gentlemen we’d like to introduce you to Miss Lulu Blue, an educator, journalist and alt model from Australia who presents herself with a simple and funny quote: “I want small children to think I am either a goddess or a faerie, but I want grown men to fear me – the answer is blue hair.”

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Lulu Blue

Hello Lulu Blue would you like to introduce us to your wonderful world? Where are you from, how old are you….
My name is Lulu and I am an educator, freelance journalist and alternative model. Originally I hail from a regional city in New South Wales called Wagga Wagga. However, in 2012 I moved to Australia’s capital of Canberra. I am 28 years of age.

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Lulu Blue, ph by Lehan Zhang

Lulu Blue is your nickname: why?
Lulu Blue is a stage name I invented back in 2016 when I first started competing in pageants. The nickname became more concrete when I took out of national title of Miss Ink Australia 2017. It also serves as an alias of sorts for my creative collaborations to maintain a degree of anonymity. Although my hair is actually turquoise and not blue, it rolls off the tongue more successfully.

Lulu Blue tattoo model
Lulu Blue

You have a very well defined image: you look like a nice and intriguing Alice in Wonderland. How would you describe it in your own words?
There’s a meme that comes to mind, which isn’t exactly my own words, but it goes something like: “I want small children to think I am either a goddess or a faerie, but I want grown men to fear me – the answer is blue hair.” In my line of work, I often get asked if I’m a witch but I tend to take it as a comedic compliment. In reality I think people find me very approachable and my alternative hair colour and body art seems to be an invitation for strangers to spark up a conversation. I don’t generally mind, but if I’m in a hurry it can be a real time eater.

Lulu Blue tattoo model
Lulu Blue

Would you like to tell us something about your colorful sleeves? What do they represent and who is/are the tattoo artist/ artists?
Both of my neo-traditional sleeves have been completed by a tattoo artist named Hayden Ramsey who resides at Wagga Body Art. My left arm features a fox wrapped around a pocket watch, a hare leaping over a teacup and saucer, a badger clinging to a lantern and a peacock leaning against a handheld fan. They all have individual meaning but they also represent art for the sake of art, particularly in a surrealist sense as the scale for the animals versus their accompanying objects are completely mismatched. My right arm features an octopus sitting atop an old-fashioned scuba diving helmet and as you travel down the arm there is a smack of jellyfish, a humpback whale and a sunken pirate ship.

At the base level of meaning, both my sleeves represent a fondness and respect for land and sea dwelling creatures in all their mystique and beauty.

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Lulu Blue ph by David Turnbull

What do you do for a living?
I’ve been an educator for almost three years now and I find it really fulfilling. I can’t imagine going back to a desk job as oftentimes I get to spend part of my working day in a carefree outdoor environment. Working casually is also greatly beneficial as not only is the pay rate inflated, but it also delivers a variety of experiences which means no day is ever the same and there’s never a shortage of work.

This can be challenging at times, but being adaptable is a great skill set to have.

I also have a second job which involves night-time reception at a hostel and I’ve been doing that for over two years now. The graveyard shifts were manageable in my mid-twenties and the strange events I witnessed were always entertaining, but it’s a bit more taxing now that I’m older. I’ll finish up at the end of the year and dedicate more time to creative pursuits, along with family and friends.

Lulu Blue, ph by Ben Southall
Lulu Blue, ph by Ben Southall

How do you choose your outfits? What is the mood you want to give to your selfie?
I choose my outfits based on personal taste I’ve cultivated over the years due to experiences I’ve had or media and popular culture I’m exposed to. When I was a teenager, I went through a bohemian phase followed by a hybrid of scene and gothic. During my young adulthood, I started collecting rockabilly dresses and attempted victory rolls in my hair. From my mid-twenties I transitioned into being generally alternative but kept a lot of the clothing I’ve accumulated over the years which means I can easily switch back and forth depending on my mood or the occasion.

Lulu Blue tattoo model
Lulu Blue

You like to add something very sexy sometimes. But never too much. Is it correct?
I strive to keep it classy, if that’s what you mean. For example, there’s nothing wrong with tasteful boudoir shoots. It’s just another style of photography in the vast spectrum of creative genres. I’ve always been of the opinion that women can be both maternal and sensual, it doesn’t have to be one way or the other as societal values try to dictate. I myself don’t have any children but I’ve watched friends around me start to have their own families and they are still some of the most intellectual and alluring women I’ve ever met. It can be a hard balance to strike, but it’s absolutely possible.

Lulu Blue tattoo model
Lulu Blue

We are going to close this chat with this last question: what is your ideal woman at the end?
I find this to be a slightly perplexing question, but I suppose my notion of an ‘ideal woman’ is to throw that concept straight out the window. The term implies that perfection is attainable and some people waste years of their lives trying to achieve that, shackled by their own vision of what an ideal woman is meant to be. My answer to your question is that every female I’ve bothered to maintain a friendship with over the years is my ideal woman, my mother is an ideal woman, my sister is an ideal woman – in all their wonderful idiosyncrasies.

Lulu Blue tattoo model
Lulu Blue
Follow Lulu on Instagram: @lulublue.jpg