In year 4, the date of IMsL moved to April (April 7, 1990 to be exact).  Entertainment this year was Rainbeau (who competed in 1987), Irene Soderberg and Kim Wallace (who also competed in 1987).  Judges were Susie Shepherd (IMsL 1989), Joy Schulenberg (former IMsL board member), Steve Lesh, Gail Wilson, Bettie Harlow (2nd Runner up in 1989),  Jody Hoenninger, Rikki Streicher, Jerry Coletti, Linda Vickery (who competed in 1989) and alternate judge Caroline Ogg.  Twelve (12) women competed for the 1990 title:

  • Sharyle Lyndon, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Terrie Anderson, Dallas, TX
  • Jamie Santos, San Francisco, CA
  • Bonnie Ramsay, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Gail Vollmer, Denver, CO
  • Pattie “MP” Breslin, Atlanta, GA
  • Gabrielle Antolovich, Los Angeles, CA
  • Corky D, San Francisco, CA
  • Teri Trotter Phoenix, AZ
  • Diane Suissa Charlotte, NC
  • Sheila Courser (deceased) San Francisco, CA
  • Cory Zamora Fresno CA

 

Gabrielle won being the first woman to win who was not from Portland.  You can read more about Gabrielle here.  In May, Gabrielle became the last IMsL to speak on stage at IML.

1983, © Nancy Rosenblum

1983, © Nancy Rosenblum

 

A new IMsL Board hosted the 1990 contest and were Jolanne T Tierney (who competed in 1988/1989) as President, Jason Ladd as corresponding secretary, Mimi Babcock as recording secretary, Flo Tumolo as treasurer, Gail Wood on production logistics, L.B. Gunn on volunteers and sales/merchandising and Judy Smith-Johnson on outreach, media, promotions and fundraising.

We need class pictures or any other items from the 1990 contest.  We do have a few articles listed below about 1990 but we are looking for pictures or videos from those days and especially the contest.  If you have any of these, please send them to imslhistory@gmail.com.  Do you know where these women are or have a way to contact them?  We are inviting them all to join us for the IMsL 30th year, April 1417, 2016 for our Class Reunion!

IMsL – Gabrielle Antolovich

1990 Gabrielle Antolovich1990 – Sponsor: Ms Southern California Leatherwoman, Inc.
Ms Southern California Leatherwoman 1989, Gabrielle is a clean and sober leatherwoman who has been involved in leather for 5 ½ years. Originally from Australia, Gabrielle ‘came out’ on national television there in 1972 and was an activist in several movements for women’s rights. In America she has continued this tradition by working in the L.A. Centre for Living, Gay & Lesbian Comm. Serv, Ctr and organizing a new union for poor black and hyspanic women. She is a member of Leather & Lace, Outcasts, Tridents Intl. and Threshold. She spends her free time motorcycling, socializing and raising money for leather organizations.

2010 – Since 1990 my life has expanded exponentially. I think a lot about the issues I see in our community and how we use language to describe who we are and what we do. I have noticed that the grounded Master, Dominant, Top has no need to demand power, and the slave, submissive, bottom can be in charge of major events or companies without losing their ability to yield. I am also still clean and sober since 1978, and think a lot about how teenagers are influenced by what adults do regarding substance use issues. They are influenced not just by the individuals they see, but also the adult world of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana advertising, what’s on television and portrayals in the movies, availability in their neighborhood or on Spring Break or even in their own home. They listen to political debates and what the rich and famous do, and so the beat goes on. And I am inspired by the young people who do not follow, but think for themselves and become influential leaders themselves. I teach and mentor, and I am teachable and have mentors. I love attending classes, workshops and conferences. I have my heroes and those who I respect. I also learn a lot from those who are relatively new to the scene – I love their enthusiasm and new-joy wisdom that comes with discovering a new aspect about oneself. I am inspired by the progress we are making in the mainstream world, the DSMV, the respectful depiction in television series, and some amazing photo shoots in magazines. I love Madonna, I love Billy Idol, I love fashion – I am a glamour butch – come to IMsL and you’ll see. I love our community and the wisdom we are collecting as we share our thoughts, difficulties, hearts and experiences with each other. I have so many interests and I like to do a good job; so I join different committees and do a particular job, usually a relatively small one and do it as well as I can. I have coordinated the demos and emceed them at Venus’ Playground at Folsom Street Fair, am helping pitch tents in dungeons promoting the Leather Levi Weekend (LLW), am the Chief Ambassador for Leather Alley at San Francisco Gay Pride, have been the contestant coordinator for the Ms San Francisco Leather contest, a judge for the Northwest Leather Celebration, DM at parties at the Citadel, demoed at the Exiles, do whatever I can at IMsL, have been on the clean-up crew for the Leather Alliance holiday dinner, vacuumed after dungeon parties, and emceed events in bars like Renegades in San Jose, at conferences or anywhere you need an impromptu energetic container for an event.

1990 Program Book

(Mobile version available here)