Model Alt Jodie takes part in a range of alternative photoshoots where she poses as a vampire, viking, or mermaid, but she is ostracised at the school gates thanks to her unique look
Image: Alt Jodie)
A mum who models as a goth has spoken out about how she is sidelined because of her alternative look – saying that other parents won’t let their children be friends because she looks scary.
Jodie, 27, has two children – a daughter, aged six, and a three-year-old son, and they live together in a small community in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders.
She’s instantly recognisable in the area, due to her unique tattoos, piercings, and red dreadlocks, and because of this she’s shunned by the more conventional townsfolk.
Jodie said that other parents had banned their children from being friends with her own two kids, and says she has to stand alone when collecting them from school.
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Jodie said: “I get negative looks quite a lot, especially when I go shopping or to the park. I think it can look quite intimidating to people that aren’t educated about it, which I can understand.
“They say I must be a satan worshipper which obviously isn’t true. It’s nothing to do with religion, it’s freedom of expression.
“It’s just unfortunate because then my kids get exposed to that negative mindset, about being wary of people that are different.
“There’s a lot of different parents from a lot of places, like of kids that play at soft plays, it can be difficult. When people don’t know you they tend to judge you, like judging a book by its cover.
“I’m not weird, I just wear my weird on the outside, not the inside. It still happens sometimes, they look at me like I’ve stolen my kids.
“I tell them it’s not a negative thing, I say it’s all about perception and like art – maybe they don’t understand it but that’s ok.
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“I teach my kids that you have to treat everyone nicely, even if they look a little different.
“I don’t want them to think they can’t be themselves.”
Jodie, who goes by the stage name Alt Jodie, said that her unique look stands out because she lives in such a small community, as she stands out compared to everyone else.
But she sees her style as unique, saying that she wouldn’t change it for anyone.
She continued: “It’s not loved by everybody in the town, it’s not the best feeling. There are some people that are of an older generation or different upbringing that aren’t exposed to different types of people like the younger generation is.
“I do look very different, especially in the summer when you can see all my tats and things.
“Because I’m in a very rural area, in the middle kind of town. Basically like how the Hobbits live in the Shire in the Lord of the Rings, I’m a bit like Gandalf when he turns up.”
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