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!
This year I decided to pay tribute to legendary Horror Babe Vampira! Tyrone Islington and I took a little trip to the cemetery to take some spooky photos of the costume I made. I had some help with the incredible claws from my friend Vall.
Vampira, also known as Maila Nurmi, made a namer for herself in the 1950s as the very first television Horror Host as well as through her work in film. Nurmi began her career as a model, working with legends such as Bernard of Hollywood, Alberto Vargas and Man Ray. She had some small roles in films and on stage but it wasn’t until television producer Hunt Stomberg Jr caught a glimpse of the dark haired vixen at a masquerade party all done up to look like Morticia Addams that Vampira came to be. Stromberg hunted down Nurmi after this party and offered her a job on his network. On May 1st 1954 The Vampira Show aired for the first time and viewers were entranced by the image of the tall, devious beauty floating down a dark, smokey corridor and then screaming into the camera. The show, in which Vampira, while laying on a Victorian sofa, would introduce and mock horror films, began increasingly popular and though it first aired at midnight it soon took over the 10:30 spot.
Though Vampira was nominated for an Emmy in the category of ‘Most Outstanding Female Personality’ in 1954, by 1955 The Vampira Show had been cancelled and Nurmi, still retaining the rights to the character of Vampira, took the concept to competing networks. After her time as a horror host fizzled out Nurmi returned to the silver screen and stared in a number of movies, including the infamous Ed Wood film Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Nurmi died on January 10, 2008 of natural causes. She continues to inspire generations of horror fans through her timeless works as Vampira.