TLJ-VT: Tell me about your favorite charity.
IMsL Contestant Lucket: The charity I have chosen to support is Big Brothers, Big Sisters. My passion is working with children, and through education and interaction within this organization, I am able to be aware and active of the future generations. In this charity, I am able to freely hang out with my little, and do as many fun activities as she wishes. This organization also allows one to build on connections that have the potential to last a lifetime.
TLJ-VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.
IMsL Contestant Lucket: As an advocate for children and social change, I believe that community service is a gateway to greatness. Each person in this world has the potential and opportunity to change someone’s life, even if it is in the slightest way. We can all make a difference in this world however we choose to do so. Whether we are serving food to the homeless, cleaning the roads, taking care of animals, or volunteering at an event. These ideas, and many more create an opportunity to provide others with the support and love showing that we do, in fact care. The reason why I have chosen to focus on children ties to the idea that making a difference early on in ones life can bring a positive future. In the kinky lifestyle we live, we preach and practice acceptance and equality. Instilling these wonderful ideas in our youth holds for a better future.
TLJ-VT: What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?
IMsL Contestant Lucket: Each day I grow even more in being a Leather Woman. My answer to this question is ever evolving. At this point, being a Leather Woman gives me more confidence and will, than I could ever imagine. I do not define myself by the clothes that I wear, but how I present myself. I do love the feeling of leather. I love how it makes me feel when I wear it, and I love what it brings out in me. It brings out a social, personable, fun loving woman, who truly appreciates each interaction that I have. Being a Leather Woman allows me to be true to others and myself. It shows me that there is more to this world than hiding behind a persona of what others think I should embody. It shows me that I am worth more than I believed, and I have the potential to do great things.
TLJ-VT: Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?
IMsL Contestant Lucket: My favorite Leather Woman that I have met thus far is Patty, International Ms. Leather 2014. She was one of the first Leather Woman that I met and I have enjoyed each interaction with her ever since. She has this personality that commands attention when she walks in a room while remaining extremely humbled. Patty is not afraid to do or wear what she wants, and can hold the attention of a room if she so desires. I love how kind hearted and thoughtful she is, and how she pushes to make something out of her title. Her influence and words of wisdom will be instilled in many down the road.
TLJ-VT: What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional & social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?
IMsL Contestant Lucket: Those who do not participate in our community, I believe have a preconceived notion of how we might be freaks or misfits. We embrace our differences and are not ashamed to live a kinky lifestyle, but most people do not understand this. Judgment is within each and every person. As a community, we try not to do this because we all have something in common. That is the fact that we are all family. We try to be ourselves, despite mainstream ideals. Before I was involved in this community, I will admit that I did not understand living a kinky lifestyle. What I was lacking was education. I never took the time to understand, and that is why I was full of judgment. I will push for more acceptance in our society. People should understand that those in our community are no different from our brothers and sisters who have been labeled as “Vanilla.” We just prefer other things. Younger generations may be just as, if not kinkier than those in the community now. I have to address that it is ok to embrace and explore ones fetishes and there is indeed nothing wrong with that. Being young and involved with the youth both in social media, and through community service will allow me to bring awareness to those who lack the ideals to expand their personas because someone told them what they believe is wrong.
TLJ-VT: In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title?
IMsL Contestant Lucket: As a young titleholder, I use social media extensively. This is the gateway to reaching many people all across the world. Promoting events and titles is a lot of work, and it takes more than just sitting behind a device to produce results. I want to carry on a legacy, and show others that what I do is beneficial, and influential. Traveling to different places and events is major part of this title as well. I want to put my name out there and show people who I am, and why I was chosen to be a titleholder.
TLJ-VT: What do you say to those who feel that the Title system is outdated and no longer necessary?
IMsL Contestant Lucket: I would express that each person has a right to their own opinion, while valuing those who believe that the system is outdated. Everyone in leather/fetish community is important. The Title system does often glorify those in the community who stand out and search to be seen as a role model within those among us. Whether one is a Title holder or not, greatness can be achieved. We should not focus on what a certain demographic believes is outdated, but how we can grow together to promote social change and acceptance within, and outside our community. Often times I hear the talk of old guard and new guard within the leather community. Each person believes differently in keeping one or the other. I believe that everything has to start somewhere. Especially with the history of our community. While new generations push for change, it is crucial that we keep in mind with whom and where this all started, and how we can never let those memories die.