At a time when I was questioning absolutely everything about myself, emotionally, physically and spiritually, I discovered burlesque.
At the time I thought I was fat, ugly and way to old for any sparkle of this sort.
My first taste was at a breast cancer fundraiser at our local hall, I was attending to support my best friend who had completed her treatment. The entertainment was the fabulous Hootchy Kootchy girls headed by the beautiful Misty La Moore. I was rather taken by the performances by Dixie Caramel and Soda Fontaine and remember thinking wow wish I could do that! All that confidence, all that beauty, and all that sparkle! So totally not how I felt about myself at the time.
After Misty placed a boa around my neck I went up on the ‘stage’ at intermission and copied what she was was doing – along with a few of NZ’s dignitaries. Although I felt silly at the time, I liked the fact I was part of something that provided some fun in both my eyes and the audiences eyes.
As I signed up for the first Hootchy Kootchy classes (starting February 2014) I had many, many hurdles and emotions running through my mind – I was 49, overweight and held very little self esteem. Part of me was thinking “what the hell am I doing?” Another part was thinking “go for it – you won’t know until you try”
So I did, and this is my journey