By Rafaela Kuznec @RafaelaKuznec
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Videographer / director: Jacki Huntington
Producer: Rafaela Kuznec, Ruby Coote
Editor: Alex Lubetkin
Victoria Lovelace, 30, who is originally from Sweden but resides in LA, met her now-fiancé Dracul Grotesque, 36, three years ago.
Victoria calls herself a magical vampire princess from Sweden and works as a Gothic and alternative model.
Asked what has inspired her pseudo name, the 30-year-old explained: “Victoria is my given name, and Lovelace was the first female computer programmer.
“So for me, Lovelace stands for female power in the Victorian era.”
Victoria said she became interested in Gothic fashion when she was a teenager and started embracing her style by combining her passion for both history and fashion.
Her style includes different elements from Gothic Lolita, Victorian and Japanese street fashion.
Victoria told Barcroft TV: “I always wanted to look different from everybody else and my style is my self-expression.”
Victoria spends almost two hours every day perfecting her look.
Her make up routine includes a temporary skin whitening cream as, according to her, she loves “to look pale like a vampire.”
She said: “One day I can look like a Victorian doll and another day I can be inspired by the street style from Tokyo, mostly from Harajuku, and that's where I usually find my inspiration for my style.”
Her fiancé Dracul, who works as a multi-instrumental musician, said that his morning routine normally takes just half an hour: “Usually Victoria takes around three hours to get ready.
“So I'm usually ready and just waiting for her while I make breakfast.
“It works out pretty good.
“I just learnt to work with her knowing that we’re both different time-wise but we manage.”
He added: “I always try to go for more of a demonic look.
“She [Victoria] is very beautiful and I always try to go for an uglier look.
“Ugly like a distorted picture or like a non-perfect human.”
Dracul said his passion for Gothic style has emerged from horror movies and his love for metal music.
He said: “I always liked Nosferatu, vampire movies, Dracula…
“I always liked the red contact lenses, just like the blood, the paleness of the skin, the black hair.
“I felt like I can be myself wearing black and that what makes me feel good.
“My darkness is my happy place.”
Dracul added: “I never really felt normal.
“I used to kind of mess around with makeup and created my own style that suits me.
“I know it's extreme for some, but for me, it's just another day.
“I've been doing it for over 20 years now.
“This is my comfort zone, anything else would be a lie.”
The couple met when Victoria performed with a band at one of LA’s night clubs in 2016.
Dracul approached Victoria and asked for a picture, they exchanged contact details and when Victoria moved permanently to LA the couple started dating.
Soon after, the Goths decided to get married.
Anthony Ramírez, Dracul’s friend, asked to describe the couple, told Barcroft TV: “They're really out of the norm and unique in their own way.
“They are very original and they make a great couple together.”
Speaking of criticism they face as a couple because of their unique style, Victoria said: “People stare but I think, here, in LA, is a little bit better than where I came from.
“I came from a small town in northern Sweden, people just stop and stare and they don't say anything.
“What I like here, in LA, is that people actually come up to you and they say like: ‘Oh, you look nice. Oh, can I take a picture?’
“And I'm very happy to take a picture with people if they ask.”
However, her fiancé argued: “Yeah, well, she's a pretty Goth girl and I'm more like on the obscure side so I don’t really get such nice comments.”
The pair say that they don’t consider themselves as real-life vampires, but their fashion styles are mainly influenced by vampires and horror movies.
Victoria, who got permanent fangs a couple of years ago, told Barcroft TV: “I always liked the vampire aesthetic when it comes to clothes and when it comes to home decor.”
Dracul added: “I mean who wouldn't want to be a vampire and be able to fly at night or, you know, drink blood and all that?
“I think everything that comes with it or what Hollywood has made of it, it just makes it so attractive to us - like velvet walls and the Victorian furniture.
“Who wouldn't want to live forever?
“I don't consider myself a vampire but I am obsessed with everything that has to do with vampires.
“We all want to live in a fantasy world if it's like a vampire, if it's people want to live on the moon or something like that, I think it's good to have that.
Victoria said: “I’ve always been obsessed with the vampire aesthetics and always dreamt of never getting old.
“I had also a dream of living in that magical world that you have a lot of Gothic castles, beautiful clothes, everybody would listen to nice music, people would be happy and would express themselves freely.”