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Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:53

Meet the 2017 IMsL IMsbb Contestants

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Meet the 13 Individuals who will compete in San Jose Enjoy!

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:35

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Janet

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Oklahoma Ms. Leather 2016,

Tulsa, OK

Leather and Rhinestones, Kink Weekend OKC.

My favorite item I have is my rhinestone corset.

 

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? Rose Rock girls of Leather- They the producers of Oklahoma Ms. Leather. I have been active in the activities that RRgoL puts on. https://rrgol.org

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    My favorite charity is Team Friendly because of all the education they share to help remove the stigma of HIV testing and the stigma related to those living with HIV and/or their loved ones.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Community service makes me feel like I am doing something for someone or something greater than myself. It's a way for me to keep myself centered.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    My heart is what makes me a Leather Woman. I have a desire to help support women in realizing there is a place for them and to trust in themselves in that place.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt- Because she is and has been so supportive and involved with individuals in the community suffering from HIV/AIDS. Everything she does for her community is done out of love and comes from her heart.

 

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?    Traditional and social media allow bullying of children, teenagers and anyone "different" with very little consequence. When leaders are allowed to bully, everyone else believes it's ok. According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, 867 hate incidents occurred between the period of November 9th through November 18th 2016. Education and stricter laws is the only way that this can be decreased. I would educate and lobby for stricter punishments.

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:29

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Marta

Marta LJPhoto1Name: Marta
Current Title(s): Great Lakes Bootblack 2014 & Indiana Bootblack 2014
City, State: Indianapolis, IN

Website (if any): I’m currently working for my Facebook account reactivation after my name was reported in violation of the “real names” policy almost a full month ago.
Fetlife: BootblackPigGrrl
Twitter: @bootblackpigrrl

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Indianapolis Kink Society sloshes at the 501 Eagle, Bootblacking 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays
Indianapolis Bootblacks’ Laboratory potluck and skillshare, Co-founder
Bootblack for many of the 501 Eagle’s leather contests and fundraisers: Including Indiana Sir/boy/Ms/Bootblack, Great Lakes Olympus, Great Lakes Power Exchange, cancer benefits and the High Shine IMsBB documentary fundraiser

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My 17” Chippewa engineer boots. Getting them off at the end of the night still involves pleading, bargaining and cursing but they’re so worth it!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Marta: Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend features dozens of workshops, parties and our regional Sir/boy/Ms/Master/slave/Bootblack contests. New this year: Larger hotel with attached waterpark and Great Lakes Puppy/Trainer contest!

Indianapolis Kink Society is the largest kinky social and educational club in Indiana. I’m incredibly thankful for their sponsorship and enthusiastic support of me as group Bootblack.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend provides support, education and service opportunities, sponsors our state-level Indiana leather contests and has generously continued their sponsorship through my International run.

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:34

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Selogadi Mampane

SelogadiNgwanangwatoMampaneName: Selogadi Ngwanangwato Mampane
Current Title: Ms SA Leather 2015
City, State: Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Gala Youth Exchange

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My dyke boots

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Selogadi: I am being sponsored by South Africa Leather, which is being led by Jaco Lourens.

My club recently opened up its doors to womyn. Previously, the community only invited in cisgendered men, most of whom were White. In 2014, Jaco led a road to opening up the community to anyone who identifies with Leather, regardless of their gender. Whilst SA Leather lost many members, it creates a foundation for a more open and accessible Leather organization.

I joined SA Leather in 2014 and was able to be part of the first competition open to womyn! I haven’t looked back since.

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Monday, 14 October 2013 15:12

IMsL/IMsBB 2014 judges announced

IMsL New LogoInternational Ms Leather and International Ms Boot Black 2014 (IMsL/IMsBB) will be held April 24-27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA

International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack are under the new ownership of Pat Baillie and Sharrin Spector..

Traditionally, the judges for IMsL/IMsBB and tallies are announced at the Ms San Francisco Leather contest and this year was no exception.

 

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Patpicnew2 WebThe National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has announced that Pat Baillie will receive the organization's Ninth Annual Leather Leadership Award at the Task Force's 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Over 4,000 leaders and activists are expected to attend the conference, which will be held in Houston, January 29 to February 1.

"We are very proud to honor Pat's long dedication to and leadership in our movement," said Rea Carey, Task Force executive director. "Pat's exemplary career in the Air Force and as a rock-solid pillar of the Leather community inspires all of us to do more, to do it better and to stay the course."

The award will recognize Baillie's more than three decades of leadership and activism within and on behalf of the Leather community. Among many other achievements, she is International Ms Leather 1995, a founder of Leather Women United, a Vice Chair of the National Leather Leadership Conference and in September 2013 became co-producer of the International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack Contest. See editors note for biography."

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Survived by her life partner Margaret Begley. Meek had been suffering illness and had suffered several falls over the last few months but details surrounding her death this morning are unknown at this time.

Amy Marie was known to many as Daddy, Bare or Papa or Aunt Bare.  The nickname Bare was short for Bare Images, which was the company that Meek ran that actually held ownership of IMsL during Meeks "IMsL Gen 2".

Amy Marie "Bare" Meek with IMsBB 03 Boi Eddie Shared by a Screen Shot from High Shine by Christina Court of High Moo Productions

Perhaps best known for her IMsL/IMsBB Legacy, her title journey started in 1992 with Ms Nebraska Leather. Then in 1993 she won International Ms Leather. In 1994 she purchased IMsL from the board and ran the contest 1995-2006.  It was under her ownership that the contest grew into the weekend event style we enjoy today. It was also Meek who approached Chuck Renslow, owner of the then co-ed International Bootblack Contest, and convinced him to endorse splitting the contest in two. Creating the International Ms. Bootblack Contest in 1999.

Meek is the first of the IMsL/IMsBB Alumni to pass away. Our hearts go out to each and every reader whose life was made better by this phenomenal woman.

Meek was the first female to judge IML, however, she was so much more than a titleholder. Amy Marie has been described as trailblazer. An out and proud lesbian since the 80’s. She came out in high school amid a climate that was less than ideal or supportive.  She was also an activist. Meek was a member of the 1993 March on Washington as well as a rabid backer for the DSM-IV revisions.

Amy Marie was definitely her own person and lived life on her own terms.  She was an influence to those who sought out how to be masculine women and have pride in one's self and their community, no matter what community one’s path would take them to. An unorthodox sense of humor, Meek gave hugs that tried to heal the world.  Even when she didn’t understand or appreciate a person's view she still loved and encouraged them to follow their heart.

Unapologetic, strong, brave, and troubled, Amy Marie “Bare” Meek was a Leather Icon. Her methods of community involvement made for some legendary battles. But, one thing is for certain, Amy Marie Meek forever changed the leather landscape for all women.

 

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ShellyLeatherJournal 1Name: Shelly

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2015

City, State: Phoenix, AZ

Regular community events that you produce or participate: Mr. Pistons contest, Southwest Leather Contest, Leather HEAT.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: I love kilts!

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

Pistons Bar - House Bootblack and regular attendee
Los Angeles Band of Brothers - Booblack for Leather Contests and big fan!
Southland Title Sisters - Member
Southwest Leather Conference - titleholder and regular attendee


 

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VT: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?  Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.

MC: I am sponsored by the Great Lakes Leather Alliance whose mission is to build bridges between the Leather, BDSM, D/s, M/s, Fetish, and alternative lifestyle communities. I’ve been a presenter at their annual events for 6 years & am honored to represent my multi-state region as their titleholder and strive to live up to their mission.  http://www.greatlakesleather.org 

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

MC: The smart ass answer is “Yes.”  But I will say I answer to both aspects of the lifestyle.

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

MC: I entered the lifestyle as a collared slave and brought my unique play style to the relationship.  I currently own one collared Leather Pup.  I identify as a Sensual Sadist and Heavy Masochist Bi-sexual Switch depending on who in my Leather family I am playing with I incorporate both Power Exchange and Heavy SM play into my life.  I find joy in service and nurture my play partners and family members.  I am Matriarch and Mother Goddess as well as muppet-like sex toy.  My family accepts my unique blend of sexuality, geekiness, and Power.

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

MC:As human beings we should all serve each other here on this Earth to make a better place.  We serve our own needs by being in touch with the greater good.  It is a joy to serve my family, friends, and community, but real service is what you do when no one is looking.  So there is not shame in serving those who are strangers as well, even if it is just opening a door or asking them to have a pleasant day.

As a Dominant, I nurture the joy in acts of service with those who submit or bottom to me.  I grow into myself as I learn how to accept their service in what capacity they can give, and it is my duty to help them see where their innermost self can find freedom and growth.

As a former slave and as a submissive or bottom to the right Dominant, I find my pleasure in providing the best service I can to that person.  I have learned that I can do that without losing my “self.” And only by being my true authentic self can I actually provide the best service.

As an educator in the lifestyle I hope that by providing my actions as an example to others we can all learn to serve the greater community by bettering ourselves and communicating to each other in a positive manner.  I have made mistakes and learned over the years that it is not selfish to serve ones own needs before others, and that I can accept my true core self and love it.  For honestly, if our own needs aren’t met how can we possibly be able to serve with integrity, honor, and love.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

MC: Squeek.  No seriously, just the thought of my face being near a Dominant boot and rubbing against it like a cat in heat gives me pussy clenches.  By the same token, I am a sensualist and the touch of leather on my body makes me feel like liquid sex.  My fingers ache to stroke and touch and if I happen to be wearing panties at the time they get very wet.  When I am feeling small or having an issue, someone putting their jacket over my shoulders is also comforting.  There is an energy of protection and sensuality that pervades leather since it comes from another living creature.  There is a primal knowledge and response in my body no matter what the circumstances.

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Ms. CherriesJubalie

Chicago, Illinois

(my favorite leather?) You are talking to a woman who has over 322 pairs of shoes and boots.  It is difficult to pick one outfit or pair.  I look cute and sexy in my leather dragon corset dress from Marvelous Mayhem and I pair it with one-of-a-kind iridescent purple and green knee-high 5” heel boots custom made by Skyscraper Heels.   I add the leather boa and I am set to go.  However that is just one facet of my personality.  When I rock out in leather pants and bra with my garter holsters by Skin Graft I feel like a cougar on the prowl.  Hot, sexy, and ready to find the closest dark and dirty alley to have a little something, something.  It honestly depends on my mood.  Do I feel shy and coquettish and submissive, or powerful like the Dark Sex Goddess I am.  Personally, as long as some of it ends up on the floor of my bedroom after the bar…I’m good.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

MC: It is an opportunity for me to have the backing of the entire Leather community as I travel the country and internationally to educate people about our lifestyle, and have sex positive outcomes. People should never be ashamed of who they are.  IMsL is a symbol of potential growth and liberation on my journey through leather and life, as well as for those who I meet on that journey.  I expect to be a role model to inspire those who need help in their own journey into their authentic self.

 

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 07 March 2015 06:34

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Val Langmuir

ValIMsL141c300smallName: Val Langmuir
Current Title: none currently. I recently completed my title year as Ms San Francisco Leather 2013
City, State: Millbrae, California

Website (if any): I am on Fetlife, and Facebook. My blog is here!

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):
I help to put on the Ms San Francisco Leather contest.  
I’m on the committee that produces Leather Alley at San Francisco Pride.
As an officer of The Exiles San Francisco, I help produce our monthly kink education programs for women and anyone whose gender self-identity is other than male.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: My favorite items of leather in my wardrobe are always my boots for sure. I truly love boots. It’s a little tricky to pick my favorites, because I have a lot of really fabulous boots, but I have to say my utterly badass custom Wescos.

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Val: I am fortunate to have two great organizations sponsoring my title run.
Ms. San Francisco Leather. I had the honor of representing this title in 2013.
Powerhouse This friendly leather bar with a diverse clientele is on the corner of Dore Alley and Folsom Street in San Francisco. During my title year as Ms. San Francisco Leather, I grew to love Powerhouse. I enjoy the wall-to-wall hot leathermen, stellar bootblacking, and varied calendar, including the Kink Salon open mic. And I love Powerhouse’s welcoming atmosphere, and especially the bar’s support of leatherwomen.
My thanks to both my sponsors!

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:56

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Alaina

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Alaina

Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2016

Philadelphia, PA

I produce a monthly gear event called Clutch at The Bike Stop

My favorite piece of leather is my harness boots.


Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about all your Sponsors (feel free to include a copy of their logos and a urls to their websites) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.   The Bike Stop owns the Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia titles. Their owners and staff are like family to me. Thebikestop.com
Philadelphians MC produce the Philadelphia Leather contest and I am an associate of the club. Philadelphiansmc.org
The Leather Man creates custom pieces for me. Theleatherman.com

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    Youth charities have long been my focus, but there’s a new organization that I have been focusing on lately, the LGBTQ Home for Hope, that has really galvanized the community. The only LGBTQ homeless shelter in Philadelphia, it is a 37-bed facility that also aids those in recovery and is funded exclusively from private donations.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I feel that community service is an integral part of the leather community, especially as a title holder, and it is enriching to me to be a part of a group that I believe is like-minded. Community service is the most rewarding aspect of being a titleholder.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Leather and kink have been a part of my entire adult life. Forgive me for being trite, but I think that I was born this way. Being able to participate in the community has allowed me to be a teacher, a leader and resource which is truly what's at the heart of being a leather woman.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    My favorite Leather Woman (excluding my Philadelphia predecessors, of course) is Christy Lee, Ms. New Jersey Leather 2016. From the moment I met her she has been nothing but welcoming,  kind, and generous and has the biggest heart of anyone I know.  She is currently undergoing treatment for cancer and the overwhelming support she is receiving is reflective of how much she means to so many.

 

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:00

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Girl Complex

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Ms. Alameda County Leather 2016

I produce events for Alameda County Leather Corps and I also do marketing for Catalyst SF.  My favorite leather item is my custom made

My favorite leather item is my custom made harness.

 

Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about all your Sponsors (feel free to include a copy of their logos and a urls to their websites) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.   My first sponsor is Alameda County Leather Corps, that is the leather, levi and uniform club that I am a member of and the current title holder for. My second sponsor is the Knight Hawks of Virginia, that is the first club I ever joined and I am currently the only girl member.   My third sponsor is Inked Kenny Photography, I started stalking Inked Kenny’s work through a friend and have been in love with his amazing work ever since.
www.acleather.org   
http://www.knighthawksofva.com  http://inkedkenny.com

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    United Negro College Fund – I attended a HBCU and I relish in that experience. The UNCF supports Historical Black Colleges and Universities and has given tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to African American college students.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I love community service. I ran for my current title because I knew it would be one that I would have to raise money for  my local area charities while at the same time increasing the exposure of our presence to non leather folks to our community in a way that is approachable.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    I am a leather woman because when Tom of Finland was painting he forgot to include women. I am a leather woman because I want to love in the way that Tom of Finland portrays in his pictures. I am a leather woman because I love the smell of leather and I love the look and feel of it against my naked skin. I am a leather woman because my little heart has been kinky since it arrived.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    Vi Johnson - Vi Johnson is part of my herstory as a black woman in leather. Vi Johnson’s dedication to preserving the his/herstory of the leather, fetish history is very inspiring to me.
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 misinformation that I believe is passed about our community is that we are somehow abnormal or defective. And that our abnormality is that the way we love is wrong.  I would combat that by telling them that the family we have built under the umbrella of leather builds a community that I have not seen replicated in the world.  We bring men and women together and support not only each other but the general world around us.  Leather grow.

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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:46

Mr. and Ms Iowa Leather judges named

images/club-logos/Iowa Leather 2014 Logo.jpgMr. and Ms Iowa Leather 2014 will be held the weekend of October 10-12 at the Blazing Saddle in Des Moines, Iowa. A full weekend of events will entertain Friday through Monday.

all events will take place at The Blazing Saddle, located on East 5th Avenue in the Historic East Village; Wooly's, located just around the comer at 504 East Locust; and Club Red Light, located adjacent to Le Boi Dar at 508 Indianola Avenue. For the fourth consecutive year, Le Chateau Exotique from New Hope, PA is the official Leather vendor.

The events kick off with the Smoke Out/Grill Out at the Blazing Saddle on Friday, October 10 at 7 PM. The fun continues at l PM on Saturday, October 11 with the Titans of the Midwest presenting Kink U at Iowa Leather Weekend. The first of many great demos will be presented for the second year by North Star Kennel Club including a puppy mosh.

 

Published in Regional Leather
Friday, 19 April 2013 00:44

Favorite IMsL 2013 Seduction Photo

If you are at IMsL 2013 and missed seduction...why?

If you are not at IMsL 2013 YOU MISSED SEDUCTION....Why?

Quickly...The more I get to know my community, the more I get to know amazing, selfless, talented and courageous women and men.  This mornings winner for FAVORITE PHOTO FROM SEDUCTION (not the best or most technically correct...but favorite).

 

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Dear readers I give you Ultra discovers Dick in a box.   Off to coffee.

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Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:33

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Luca

LucaMsLT 9631Name:  Luca
Current Title:  Ms Leather Toronto 2015
City, State:  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
HOTFF Surge Kinky Women’s and Trans Munch (as an organizer)
Unholy Harvest (as a workshop presenter)
Master/slave Con (as an avid participant)

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear:

That is a hard choice between my Wesco motorcycle boots and my beloved leather kilt.

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Luca: Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTFF) is our local patch club which produces the Mr. Leather Toronto, Ms Leather Toronto, Bootblack Toronto, Mr. Rubber Toronto, Toronto Puppy, and Mr. Leather Fellowship contests. 

I am also sponsored by the Black Eagle in Toronto, our local Leather bar and a focal point for many of our Leather events. 

I have been involved with HOTFF as a title holder since 2014, and as a enthusiastic patron of the Eagle for much longer.

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