Meet Your Models: Tulle Snell & Andre Speckert


Getting into the swing of things. Photo by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

Tulle Snell is a natural muse bringing her soulful untamed beauty to the podium, while Andre Speckert’s avant-garde panache shakes up a classroom with its magnetic appeal. Together they are San Francisco’s figure modeling power couple. As versatile artistic mavens, they collaborate on stirring photography projects, have taken courses in circus arts and practice culinary wizardry. When the pair isn’t gallivanting internationally, they can be found delighting Bay Area artists with their creativity, exuberance and intellectual mayhem.

Where were you born?

Andre Speckert: Loveland, Colo. It doesn’t exist anymore, as it got swept away in a flood.

Tulle Snell: The Bronx, NYC!

Where did you two meet?

AS: OKCupid, actually. Tulle moved into my hostel the day we met, and we’ve been together ever since.

How did you become artist models?

TS: I was studying art and needed money! Andre had tried it before and thought I should give it a go. I fell in love and we both ran with it!

AS: Modeling is hard, rewarding work. You get to have a hand in artists’ tangible creations and every day is different.

How long have you been with the Academy?

AS: 2012. We’d been traveling around and picking up odd modeling jobs. After one in San Francisco, we didn’t want to leave and random desperation for work led us here!

TS: I knew a painter whose wife worked in sculpture and referred me.

Favorite instructors?

AS: Thomas Gronbukt.

TS: I hate having to choose! Chuck Pyle! Sarah Barrie Fenton!

What’s your favorite part about working together?

TS: We inspire each other to push our creative characters and poses!

AS: It’s less lonely up there on the podium!

Three words that describe your modeling style:

AS: Manic, wacky and punk.

TS: Manic, tribal and asymmetrical.

Who are your personal muses?

AS: Tulle, of course!

TS: There’s a traveling artist model community and counterculture movement I really admire. Nettie Harris, in particular.

Favorite couples costume?

TS: Tarzan and Jane or The King and Queen of the Trailer Park!


Jane struggles with teaching Tarzan to behave with civility. Photo by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

What would you like to see your partner dress up as?

AS: I had a childhood crush on Jasmine from Aladdin.

TS: Jesus Christ Superstar. From the movie, not the stage play.

What is your dream project to work on together?

AS: A life size sculpture of the two of us.

TS: For our foyer, you know…

If you could be drawn by any artist, living or dead, who would it be?

AS: Salvador Dali.

TS: Me too! He could paint us in some surreal landscape!


Snell and Speckert in a variety of Costume Carnival characters. Photo by Shahin Fathi Djalali.

If you joined the circus, who would you be?

TS: We’d have an act together! Acrobatic mimes or something.

AS: I really wouldn’t mind being the guy who gets fired out of a cannon.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

TS: San Francisco! That’s why I’m here.

AS: I want to retire somewhere in the Caribbean, Culebra Island maybe. Somewhere I can go spearfishing every day.

If you were an animal, what would you be?

TS: An exotic house cat in a fancy tree house.

AS: A coyote.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

TS: Teleportation. No more restlessness!

AS: Control over time. Think of the practical jokes!

Who would play you in your biography?

AS: Ryan Gosling. He’s handsome, articulate, talented and an alright guy.

TS: I’ll take my chances on an unknown!

Parting words of advice?

TS: Live free and die hard.

AS: As Bukowski said, “Don’t try.”