2016 was a really hard year for everyone. It certainly wasn’t a year I will look back on fondly for many reasons. However, as I sifted through the photos for this post, there were many moments of laughter and fun sprinkled throughout. I always like to look on the bright side and so despite everything we’ve been through, here are some happy memories and pictures from 2016.
This year I traveled to New York, Montreal and Mexico! I had a wonderful time modelling for Raezor Latex and participating with them in Montreal Fetish Weekend. I performed in four spectacular Peepshow TO productions, three of which involved choreographing brand new group/duet routines with some of the most amazing Nerdlesque performers I know. I met my personal fashion inspiration Dita Von Teese! I got three new tattoos, including one that I got with my mom of the two of us as matryoshka dolls. I further developed my portfolio as a model and as a photographer. I made three wedding dresses and got to see two of my best friends marry each other!
I guess this year wasn’t so bad after all. Here’s to an even better 2017! Happy New Year!
Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of travelling to Montreal with a gang of sexy ladies and the Raezor Latex crew for Montreal Fetish Weekend! We had a wonderful time showing off the newest collection from Raezor which is Art Nouveau themed and includes incredibly intricate laser cut lingerie designs. The level of both technical skill and stunning aesthetic design in this collection is mind blowing. I was thrilled to help model this sexy latex lingerie and participate in the fashion show and other fetish events throughout the weekend. You can purchase the latex pieces below by clicking here!
Photographer: Objektiv Photography
Hair and Makeup: Ilana Solomon
Models: Erica Furness, Blair DeVorr, Michelle Wade, Ruby Rea, Harmony Kay, Lady Shayne, Keely Propp and Dolly Monroe
My gorgeous muse Natasha is back this week for another provocative photo set. This talented lady is a hair stylist by day and a nerdy burlesque performer by night! You can catch her in the next Peepshow TO, Nerdlesque production; Peepshow Go! This Pokemon inspired burlesque event will feature the gorgeous Natasha and many other talented performs doing their very best as the adorable creatures you know and love!
I have always had a great love of fashion and style. As a child my favourite thing to do was to play dress up. I would wrap myself in scarves, adorn my head with a fancy hat, paint my mother’s lipstick on my lips, cheeks and eyelids and prance around the house. Eventually that passion blossomed into a mature form and I began to use my style as a form of self expression. Being a shy person, fashion has always been my way of communicating who I am non-verbally.
I don’t remember the exact moment when I became aware of Dita Von Teese, but I do recall as a teenager saving every image of I could find of her. Lusting after her sparkle encrusted corsets and lace gowns. The hats, the gloves, the feathers, the red lipstick! She was the epitome of high fashion and good taste to me. Even more than her burlesque presence, it was her style sensibility that attracted me to Dita. In Dita I saw the ability to not only stand out through fashion, but to do so in the most elegant way.
Dita Von Teese has greatly influenced me in my personal style, from hair and makeup to clothes and accessories. Dita is the modern incarnation of the vintage pinups who I have always adored. When I see her in performance I am struck not by her dance or acting abilities, but by her style and grace, and I look at her as if a beautiful painting has come to life. She may not be revolutionary in her technique but she is highly skilled in her presentation. Dita brings to life the glamourous feel of previous era.
I was so lucky to get the chance to meet my fashion idol last weekend as she graced Toronto with her presence for a live show at the Phoenix and a book signing at Rosie the Rebel. I was happy to find that this person who has helped to shape and influence me so much was just as lovely as I imagined. Dita smiled sweetly and signed her photograph as I blushed and stared at her perfectly coiffed hair. I hope to have the opportunity to see Dita again on stage one day, but for now the memories of this very special day will live on in my mind.
Hope Nicholson and Loretta Jean; two powerful ladies with looks that could kill.
Hope is a woman who wears many hats as an editor, researcher, producer, publisher, writer and owner of Bedside Press. She recently put out an anthology of comics and prose from nerdy gals called Secret Loves of Geek Girls that features work from Canadian literary treasure Margaret Atwood. Another contributor to Secret Loves of Geek Girls is Loretta Jean.
Loretta is an equally busy lady who is pursuing her PhD in performance studies with a focus on Nerdlesque. When she is not nose-deep in the books, Loretta is performing and producing as one third of the Nerd Girl Burlesque troupe. Recently the Nerd Girls were featured in the Toronto Star in an amazing article about the Nerdlesque phenomenon.
These two intelligent, beautiful women are an inspiration. They are successfully pursing their passions and proving the power a woman can wield.