01 February 2010
Well, comes February and I am one weary editor (laughs).
This month I have come to appreciate the artists and artisans of our community - folks like Chuck from FemSkin and Nikki of Nikki's Monster Shop. These amazingly gifted people run small (often family run) operations, which design and manufacture the wonderful products that we use to complete our own artistic expressions. Corresponding with them this month has given me a deep appreciation for the passion, caring, artistry, skill, innovation and the attention to detail that goes into everything that they do.
...and speaking of artistic expressions, have you been paying attention to the DollsPride Gallery? Antonia, Celia, Sabine, Rubber Sisters, Amelie, Ms.C., Maid Florence, Druska, Wicked L., Chris and many others have all been checking in with some truly accomplished and beautiful images. Simply fabulous Ladies, and a great mix of Genuine Girls, Living Dolls, Maids, Trannys and more - just the sort of thing that we love to see at Hot Girls magazine.
Finally, concerning the navigation of this magazine; this site strives to be simple to use - just go down (laughs) - and if you're in a hurry, then use the occasional shortcuts between articles to skip about from section to section. Also, many of the images may be enlarged by clicking on them, and these and other links will open in a new window for you. Trust me, you will want to enlarge nearly everything because there is a lot of great imagery and detail contained here.
OK, well let's get this party started; play nice everyone, and stay beautiful,
NEW - THE SINGING DOLLS CONTEST:
Do you have a song in your heart? Contest Hosts; Christiane, Sabine and Danielle would like to hear it, and you could win a brand new FemSkin Padded Girdle. The contest begins today, February 1st, 2010 and runs through March 15th. The winner will be announced in the April issue of Hot Girls Magazine -- contest is open to all DollsPride members (not just Dolls), and if you're not already a member; well, join - it's free!
Today starts the first Singing Dolls music-video contest on the number one community for Dolls. Members of DollsPride are encouraged to create a music-video and then to post it on DollsPride or YouTube. Everything is welcome; original compositions, cover songs, live vocals, lip-synching and amateur to professional productions. Dancing is optional - lol.
Creating a fun and engaging music-video is the only requirement, and here are a few examples of acceptable entries.
Once you've posted your video, contact Christiane and let her know that you're ready - and together with Sabine and Danielle, she will pre-select 'four' videos based upon popularity - as determined by the number of "views" and the highest "star" rankings thru March 15th at midnight (24:00 uhr) CET. To ensure fairness, only those music-videos posted on-or-after February 1st, 2010 will be considered; however, older videos may be 're-posted' for the contest.
The four most popular and highly ranked videos will be posted as a Poll on DollsPride, and members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite video thru March 26th at midnight (24:00 uhr) CET.
The winner will be announced in the April 1st issue of Hot Girls Magazine, and they will win a brand new FemSkin Paddled Girdle, courtesy of FemSkin.
Watch for Sabine's Singing Girls Contest blog on DollsPride, and good luck to everyone,
Jeanette, Leigh Kigurumi
HG: Hi Leigh - how are you?
This season, all of the ladies of the world are focused on boots!
Boots are a must have fashion item for the office, or for the most trendy parties and events of any city. Whether wearing comfortable flats or high heels; ankle, knee or thigh highs; for all Hot Girls, wearing boots is a real sign of femininity.
Can you remember the first time that you saw Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? For its day, it was scandalous, and only a year earlier Roberts starred opposite Sally Field in Steel Magnolias (1989). That year she received her first Academy Award nomination for her role as Shelby; a dressed down, young, Louisiana bride and mother who died from complications brought on by diabetes.
From tear-jerker to tease, a year later Roberts burst onto the screen wearing a short blonde wig, mini skirt and thigh high stiletto boots - receiving her second Academy Award nomination for her role as Vivian Ward, a down-on-her-luck prostitute.
OK, so Julia had to match the role of a hooker, but today famous designers like Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin and others, are sending us all downtown in thigh high boots - making these the most glorious days that we are living in.
However girls, if you are new to wearing heels, don't start too fast. Attempting to wear 6 inch (14cm) heels and walk like a runway model, may fail painfully or simply look funny - and the most outstanding outfit; such as a shiny latex catsuit or sexy mini skirt, may look ridiculous if you cannot strut properly in your high heeled boots.
My suggestion is to start with flats or low heels, and to practice easy steps. Then, increase the heel height gradually and practice walking as often as possible. Work step-by-step to reach your desired heel height - and learn how to walk like a Goddess.
Follows are my suggestions ranging from practical and comfortable to sporty and sexy. Each image may be enlarged by clicking on it.
4) Haydn, Strauss, Mozart - waren hier geboren.
1) Sagrada Família whereabouts.
The 3rd annual Rubber Doll, World Rendezvous, a rubber/latex weekend just for TV/TG/GG Rubber Dolls, Rubber Mistresses, Female Maskers and their partners/admirers. The Rendezvous will be held at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Bloomington, Minneapolis, USA. Classes, demos, vendor room, dungeon, play rooms, after parties, Doll Parade with Miss Rubber World 2009 Jean Bardot and more. Dolls from around the world will be there and the hotel block is filling up fast.
Jennifer talks about the RWR
Hello Hot Girls!
I feel compelled to talk about the quality of the people that I have met at Rubber Doll, World Rendezvous -- passionate, caring, respectful, friendly, and beautiful inside and out are just a few things that come to mind. The last two events have been wonderful, and with the support of manufacturers such as FemSkin, and forums like RubberPal, FetLife, DollsPride and now Hot Girls magazine, I feel that this year's event will be the best yet.
Sometimes our lives as Dolls can be sporadic because we find ourselves in non-supportive relationships, and we fear to share our desires. However, the rendezvous is a truly supportive event, and a place where we can be ourselves - and be among others who genuinely share our interests.
I value my dreams and desires very much, but my first wife did not accept them, and it forced me to limit my activity as a Doll. Thankfully, this is now changed, and the rendezvous provided me with the genuine support that was missing from my life - and it helped me to cut the chains, commit to my dreams, and start living. Though these are decisions that each of us must make on our own, I have found that it is a lot easier to be happy and free, when we have the support of our friends.
At the rendezvous everyone is willing to share stories about their own struggles and accomplishments, and it has been a huge part of helping me to gain the insights that I've needed to find happiness in my life; plus, the informative discussion panels on everything from latex to social issues, underscore and bring validity to those things that are truly important to me. At the last rendezvous Sunnie and I hosted a panel that spoke about the social challenges of Dolls supporting nuclear families, and with six daughters it was an especially helpful discussion for me. Needless to say, there is always plenty to be learned at the rendezvous.
Also, there is comfort in numbers, and at the rendezvous it is fun to live out those public Doll fantasies - such as going for a walk in the sun or through a shopping mall, eating at a restaurant or visiting a museum. In a group with other Dolls, the fascination and acceptance of the general public is great fun, and during previous rendezvous we've gone to the Outback, had continental breakfast with other hotel guests, walked without care through the hallways, went swimming in the pool, visited the Mall of America and took photos at the Walker Sculpture Garden -- and even more is planned for this year!
The Rubber Doll, World Rendezvous is attended by many beautiful people, who enjoy creative forms of expression, and it is a special place where dreams can come true. I will be there again this year with my new wife, Mistress Sunnie, and we will look forward to seeing you there.
Lost Horizon (Columbia Pictures, 1937)
In entertainment this month, I wanted to talk about dreams, about ideals, about beauty, about... Shangri-La.
Among the movies that helped to shape my own ideals, there was Frank Capra's, Lost Horizon - the story of Shangri-La, and I made it a goal this month to revisit it - and to see if it might still impact me as profoundly as it had in my youth.
I am glad to say that it did; perhaps, even more so.
As I looked around this month at all of the beautiful girls who have joined our Doll's Pride forum, it occurred to me that 'we' are an international community - and as I set about to collect the flags of every nation represented here, it filled my heart with gladness.
I grew up during the Cold War, and as a young school boy I was taught how to react in the event of nuclear attack - learning how to stay low, face the wall and to "duck and cover." I lived in fear, and it showed in the stories that I wrote and in the crude crayon sketches that I created.
...and I dreamed of a better world - a place where everyone lived in harmony - I dreamed of Utopia, Eldorado... I dreamed of Shangri-La.
To paraphrase the film's introduction; in these days of discord, dearth and distress - "haven't you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle, but a lasting delight?"
"...a lasting delight;" indeed, how wonderful that would be.
In this community, which is represented by so many nations of the world, and by bisexuals, transsexuals, cross-dressers, cos-players, female-maskers, living dolls, kigs, rubberists, gas mask fan boys, the straight, the gay, mistresses, maids, dungeonistas and more - I see people striving for "delight" all of the time - and creating those wondrous moments that we might all wish could last longer.
We are a creative bunch - and a community that believes in clichés such as "live and let live," "what goes on in the privacy of our own home, is our business," "if it feels good, do it" - and while I would adamantly take exception to non-consensual role playing, I feel that the rest (no matter if it is to my personal liking or not) is still a viable means of release - and very mild when compared to the sadists-in-suits who foul our world in the name of the greater good.
I once wrote, "make dresses, not war!" ...and John Lennon wrote "Imagine."
Yes, I know that Utopia is not entirely possible; after-all, how good would good be, without the contrast of bad? Still, as an ideal it is a nice thought.
So, if you have a chance I recommend that you visit, or revisit Shangri-La. The restored version of Lost Horizon can be viewed in its entirety at Classic Cinema Online, and I will welcome your thoughts about the world that we live in - and about your own hopes and dreams.
Be well everyone - look out for one another...
...and play nice.
FIRST LOOKS; "YOU!"
Care to share your first picture and to show other girls how you started?
Over the past few weeks FemSkin Developer, Chuck has been feeding me a wealth of detailed information about the company's new female 'silicone' mask - so much information that I feel truly overwhelmed by it all, and I have been at a loss to decide on a way to convey everything successfully to you.
So, where to begin?
Hmm, "it was a dark and stormy night..."
Actually, it is a dark and stormy night as I write this, and we have four inches of new snow, which is uncharacteristic for Tennessee.
Anyway, not too long ago many of us first met on Yahoo 360, and during that time there was a buzz going around about a new thing called FemSkin. I didn't give it too much thought myself, and it just struck me as a really cool idea, and something that would appeal to those with better figures than my own. Still, there was a lot of talk about FemSkin and I remember the initial skepticism - and the feeling among some that it just couldn't be for real.
Well by now, hopefully you've all come to realize that FemSkin is for real, and one look at Irene, Sherry, Celia, the Rubber Sisters and others, is enough to convince anyone that the company takes "transgendered prosthetics" seriously.
It should come as no surprise then, that the company is working on what promises to be a very innovative female mask - and one that you are sure to be talking about, and adding to your wish list.
So let's get the buzz started!
Indeed, FemSkin is working on a new silicone, female prosthetic mask and I describe in that way because it truly is a departure from the latex female masks that we have grown accustomed to.
To start, traditional female masks (based upon female facial features) often stretch too much when they are worn by males, and this can give unnatural looking results. In consideration of this, and in order to ensure that the mask would have an underlying form suitable for most wearers, FemSkin began by sculpting a head with exaggerated male facial features. The objective was to minimize stretching and thereby provide a more natural female appearance.
Next, they began looking at ways to improve the areas around the eyes, and as some of you can appreciate, this can be a source of some frustration because what fits well and looks good on one person, may not line up or seat as well on another. FemSkin has addressed this by using thin vacuum formed plastic glued to strategic points inside the mask - and when used with FemMix adhesive, it will be possible to seat the eye openings closer to the wearer's own cheeks and brows - eliminating the gaps that can occur with traditional eye openings.
...and then there are the ears, which I've never given much thought to until now, and mine often fill with sweat, which is very uncomfortable - not to mention that they don't actually fit into the ears of any of my masks, so the masks are held away from my head instead of conforming to it. On the FemSkin mask the wearer's ears will be exposed; hence the mask will conform to the wearer's head, and the wearer's ears will serve as additional anchor points for the mask, which will draw the mask snug to the users face and eyes.
The last thing to discuss is something that I have less appreciation for, and that is silicone makeup. I think that some of you know that I have a tranny persona also, and I love big hair, conventional makeup, and going out on the town with my Drag and Tranny Sisters. However, applying silicone makeup is not quite the same thing, and every FemSkin mask will come with its own special makeup kit and mixing palette.
If you are already familiar with FemMix then you are familiar with silicone makeup, and it goes on (and comes off) very easily - and it covers the silicone evenly. Additionally, the makeup is very safe for skin, so wearers can use it to blend their eye lids with the eye openings of the mask; plus, they can even use it to secure breast forms and blend them to the body.
Needless to say, there isn't much that Chuck and his team hasn't considered, and as I learn of further developments to this and other FemSkin products I will certainly share them with you. Also, I must say, that Chuck is a truly generous person, and it has been my great pleasure to get to know him.
But wait, there's more! If you'd like a full appreciation for this new mask, then click here for pictures and explanations of the mask's development. I hope that you will appreciate them as much as I have.
SABINE: Sorry to learn of your car accident, are you OK?
NIKKI: Yes, and I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to you. I have been trying to take it easy for a couple of weeks, but it’s so hard for me not to work, or to check my emails.
SABINE: You are very dedicated, and it shows in the magnificent work of your masks. When did you start making masks and did you first start with Halloween masks?
NIKKI: Lets see... I first started making Halloween mask in 2003. I liked it, but the market was very big, and I just wasn't inspired enough to keep coming up with new ideas. When you're a mask maker you 'need' to always be coming up with new masks, otherwise people will forget about you - and then you're done.
SABINE: Maybe like the Music Artist, who will say, “you’re only as good as your last record,” but in this case “last mask.”
NIKKI: (laughs) Yes, exactly.
SABINE: What inspired you to start making female masks?
NIKKI: Occasionally, I would get emails from people who wanted me to make realistic female masks. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know anything about the whole wonderful world of female masking until I looked it up, and then when I did, I saw a whole new world that had both of my loves intertwined... latex masks and makeup! It became a great way for me to continue making and sculpting masks, and to create sexy and strong faces with beautiful makeup as well.
NIKKI: I thought that the half-masks would be great for those who just wanted to throw on a new face and to play around. Without the latex neck, they offer more mobility, and it is possible to move your head more freely. It really makes for a whole new look, and you can have a little more attitude that way too.
SABINE: All of your masks are custom made, is that right?
NIKKI: Yes, and you can have your mask with any type of makeup, eye color, mouth open or closed, zipper, laces… sized down if you need. Really, almost anything that you want, I can do for you.
SABINE: How long does it take to make a mask?
NIKKI: If I already have the mold, it takes about five days from start to finish. I first pour the latex into the mold, and then it has to dry over night. However, because latex has so much air in it, I might have to do a few pours to create a mask that doesn't have any air bubbles. Air bubbles slow everything down, but once that is done, I wait another day for it to totally cure.
SABINE: It sounds time consuming.
NIKKI: (laughs) Yes, there is a lot of waiting in mask making, but once the mask cures, I drill the holes for the eyes and trim away the extra latex - then I paint and do the laces. The eyelashes need to be on for a full day in order to dry completely, and then when I’m done, I put a blindfold on her so that the lashes don't get damaged when she is shipped.
SABINE: That helps me to appreciate all the hard work of my mask. I have also read about the new Tura Satana mask. Can you tell us more about this, and when it will be available?
NIKKI: The Tura mask... I really loved the way she came out. “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” is a very big movie for me, and I was so happy to do the mask. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the contract, so until we have that we are on hold. However, I will start sculpting a new mask once I'm feeling better, and one way or another there will be something new for everyone soon.
SABINE: That will be great, and thank you for sharing this with our readers. I hope that you are feeling better soon.
NIKKI: Thank you Sab'.
WHO'S THAT DOLL:
Marti Richards, Web Mistress of Maskon.com and co-proprietor of Janet's Closet.
Marti began Maskon.com in 1996, and it quickly became a wonderful place for Dolls from all over the world to express themselves - Dolls like Julie, Skyelark, Dee, Connie, Krystal, Jade, Jo and others, who no doubt inspired many of us.
Today, Janet's Closet occupies much of Marti's time, and the "Cross Dresser's Paradise" offers fashions, makeup and resources that cater specifically to the beautiful people of our community. Especially helpful are the instructional videos for selecting breast forms - and for the selection and application of makeup. I have also found them to be a great source for otherwise hard to find flesh tone tights.
Beyond that, I'm sure that we would all agree that Marti is a great friend and advocate to our community, and she holds a special place among Female Maskers.
Thanks for all that you do Marti,
...and speaking of beautiful people, here are two new mystery Dolls for February. Yes TWO! I didn't want to turn anyone away ;) Answers in March!
I always go to great lengths to hide the edges of my own masks, but Antonia simply flaunts them - and as evidenced by this picture, Antonia never disguises the fact that she enjoys masking, and it is a part of her unique and wonderful style.
...and then there's that body... You simply cannot deny her as one of maskings HOTTEST GIRLS.
Thank you Antonia, and may you always be well and keep a joyous heart.
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