We found these Boris Vallejo/Heavy Metal-themed pictures of model and performer Gia Nova too good not to share. We also took a little time to get some insight on the inspiration and process from the lady herself. Enjoy!
What was the process behind these images — who did you shoot these pictures with, and what was involved in post-production?
These images were created in collaboration with SGH Photo Art. He does wonderful work, and focuses a lot on super heroes and cosplay. I wanted to do something in the vein of the images I love—artists such as Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta and Olivia De Berardinis. I think it came together better than expected!
What were the references you and the photographer had in mind?
Fantasy art and movies as a whole really shape my aesthetic in everyday life. We used Vallejo’s Primeval Princess, the cover of Heavy Metal #263, the poster of the movie Barbarian Queen, scenes from Red Sonja, body postures from Olivia’s Second Slice, to name a few. The list could go on.
Do you have a history yourself with fantasy/sci-fi/nerd stuff?
Absolutely! It’s my lifeblood! I grew up watch and loving fantasy/barbarian movies. I’m a horror nut, from Hammer to Clive Barker and love everything David Lynch. As far as sci-fi goes, I’m a little more selective. My favorites are Asimov and Heinlein.
Speaking of genre entertainment, you’ve finished filming a movie called Frankenstein Created Bikers (a sequel to the award-winning exploitation horror-comedy Dear God No!). What can you tell us about it?
That’s right! The film is a great throwback to biker sexploitation, grindhouse movies of the 70’s. It was shot on 35mm film, which is special in itself. James Bickert, Shane Morton, and the entire cast and crew is like family to me. To say I had fun on set would be a gross understatement—it was such a fantastic experience! As to whether you’ll see me topless, screaming, or getting killed, I guess you’ll have to wait and watch the movie!
What other projects do you have coming up? How about costumes and photo shoots—we noticed a reference to Hellraiser on your Facebook page.
I am constantly touring and performing across the U.S. My shows involve modern dance, burlesque and belly dance, side show and cirque arts. You’ll often see me breathing fire, throwing sparks with my grinder and including lots of horror themes. The shows have now branched out to theaters and horror cons.
The Hellraiser image you are referring to was also shot by SGH Photo Art. Nick Wolfe is a world renowned body paint artist who did all the body paint, and is the skinless (Julia) body behind me. It was a pet project for me because Hellraiser is one of my all time favorite films. I’m incredibly luck to has such talented friends that indulge my dark artistic fantasies!
Here’s Gia’s official bio:
Gia Nova was originally replicated in a very cozy laboratory in the foot hills of Lithuania. On a quest for the perfect specimen, the scientists spliced her together, but disposed of Gia when they learned of her temper and strength. Her official name was originally Replicant Model #001 Genetically Intrepid Archetype or G.I.A. for short. Luckily, a family of wolves took baby Gia in and cared for her until she was 8 years old. Around that time she was kidnapped by a caravan of gypsy performers who trained Ms. Nova in the arts of dance and black magic. ‘Nova’ was the name given by her caravan family and has been used as a last name ever since. Upon reaching maturity,
she started sneaking into fetish clubs and ended up getting hired as a performer and go-go dancer. During this same time she started dabbling in burlesque performances. This was the gateway to the world of exotic dance where she was to meet her first feature entertainer and realize her life path. It took a few more years before Gia started featuring, but once she did, everything started moving faster! She posed for Playboy, Penthouse covered a number of her shows and she even landed a cameo in Rob Zombies Halloween 2! Performing in many different facets is her passion, and it shows. Ms. Nova’s burlesque shows are Vegas quality! She is also classically trained in belly dance, middle eastern and american tribal, mostly from the gypsies. Sometimes the shows take a dark turn down the fetish road as a nod to her club roots. Also, her training in modern dance and hip-hop are incorporated into other shows that are more “feature style”. Then there are her circus tricks and black magic taught to her by the mystics of the gypsy caravan; Her fire show is one of the top on the feature circuit and she has been formally trained in fire safety. The aerial silks are another unique act she performs and may be recognized in such show cirque du soleil. She is the original Grinder Girl on the feature circuit, and this may be the one act she is best known for. She introduced this to the feature industry in late ’07 when she started featuring…This act has been published in Penthouse, Playboy.com, Cherri, Hustler and Club magazines during show competition coverage. In addition to that, Gia also crafts her own props and costumes, as she holds a degree in historical costuming. So, as you can see, not only was Ms. Nova genetically spawned to titillate the senses, she is also fully invested in her performances.