Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?
This is a very tough question. I actually have a group of favorites. There are several women who have been influential in my leather journey who I look up to. I can name two that have been most influential.
The first being Carla Whitehurst. She has been in the greater Seattle area leather community for about 20 years. She has is always willing to help make things happen. She is a tough bottom who can take a beating and ask for more. She is also a sadistic top, as well as a patient mentor. She loves to share her devious knowledge with others.
The other leather woman that immediately comes to mind is Carmelle La Sirena. Her work to document, preserve, and share the history of leather women is crucial. She brings the voices of leather women to the forefront. Her work and passion are not an easy journey, yet she keeps moving forward. She also packs quite the punch! I'll share the story someday, with her permission, of course.
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?
The most dangerous piece of misinformation affecting our community today is that Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States.
I have become more politically active the last several months and plan to continue. I have signed petitions, used my fear and anger to fuel action, and educated myself as to exactly what I can do to make a difference. I will continue to do my part.
If I had a magic wand, I would permanently cast "petrificus totalus" on Trump. Then I would ask the centaurs to take Pence away and reinstate Obama.
In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title?
If I should win the title of IMsBB, I would promote the title by traveling to as many events, states, and countries as possible. I would black alongside as many bootblacks as I was able, sharing and gleaning knowledge and wisdom. It is my hope to encourage more people to discover their inner bootblack and help it shine. I want to continue to bring bootblacks into the spotlight by being out and proud, showing everyone how sexy and fun blacking can be.
What do you say to those who think there are too many titles and that it has diluted the meaning of holding a title?
I feel the only thing that has possibly diluted the meaning of holding a title is those who earn one and do nothing with it. To me, it is a springboard for personal transformation, and betterment of the community. It is a chance for outreach, education, and fostering connections. During my year as the 2015 Washington State Bootblack, I grew personally. I went from being a shy introvert to a more outgoing person. Running for that title, and running for IMsBB is a decision I will always be glad I made.
We make of our titles what we want and get out of them what we invest.