Presented in large format (measuring 9.5″ x 13.5″ when folded), this individual fanzine is printed on high quality paper stock (100lb) worthy of being framed, yet affordable enough to be tacked on a wall, reminiscent of the pin-up. Bridging the gap between the tangibility of print and the allure of social media, BASTARD fanzinegives its subjects—each of whom have amassed large social followings due to their dedications and commitments—an opportunity to collaborate on establishing an exciting new platform from which they can tell their stories, promote their causes, and provide fans the opportunity to possess exceptional assemblages of reproduced works, while simultaneously raising money for charities.
At age 13, Catherine McNeal began her modeling career and by the age of 17 she had skyrocketed into supermodel status. Now 26, the Australian beauty has graced the covers and pages of the business’s best magazines, including Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar, and continuously works with top labels like Givenchy, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. But having so much fame at such a young age takes its toll, as high fashion modeling is not always what it seems. Like many models, Cat was forced to grow up faster than normal, navigating her way through an adult world from a child’s perspective. On two occasions she stepped away from the fashion industry entirely because otherwise it would’ve broken her completely. Rejection, as she now knows, is a hard pill to swallow and it’s the one the industry most frequently prescribes. When it comes to balancing this rigor with a healthy personal life, she says “I am still learning. It’s getting better with age, but I think that’s true for most things: knowledge comes with experience.” When she went on her most recent hiatus four years ago, the model lived alone in London, where she experienced a new emotion: severe loneliness. “Sometimes, I like a few hours here and there to be alone, but for the most part I like to have people around,” she explains. Having grown up with many animals, Cat adopted a beagle named Harvey in London, which provided a way to reconnect with fond childhood memories and cope with being alone. Harvey even helped Cat find that balance, including discipline and routine, which was previously missing in her life and career. With her dog by her side, she became involved with the charity Beagle Freedom Project as soon as she discovered it. Recently, the BASTARD fanzine caught up with the model in New York, where she now lives, to learn more about her history, her involvement in the Beagle Freedom Project, and who saved whom in this tale of love. (continued)