For the first time, the IMsL/IMsBB contest moved out of the United States and landed in Toronto, Canada on July 21-23, 2000.  The Judges were Laura Antoniou, Lady D, Chuck Renslow, Tanla Oduemans, Merrill Seldes, Jay Wagner and Susan Wright.  The Tallymasters were Ryan Goldner and Scott Reikofski.  The MC’s were Dan Noel and Shann Carr and the theme was Women in Black.

The event was held at the World Trade Center Hotel and the travel fund garnered $10,170 from the basket auction, more than at last year’s contest.

There were 10 IMsL contestants (with one returning contestant) and 2 IMsBB contestants for the first year:

  • Christine Baker (deceased), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Vendela Zane, Baltimore, MD
  • Phyllis Darcy, Thornton, CO
  • Crickett Watkins, Chula Vista, CA (2nd time)
  • Jo Ann Wadsworth, Royersford, PN
  • Alisa Swindell, New Orleans, LA
  • Lance Moore, San Jose, CA
  • Daddy Jean, Oakland, CA
  • Mystic, Northglenn, CO
  • Jo Blas, San Diego, CA
  • (BB) Suzy Koenigs, San Diego, CA
  • (BB) Michael, Colorado Springs, CO

 

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The Leather Journal reported “Jo Blas from San Diego, CA was named International Ms Leather 2000 (IMsL) and Crickett Watkins from Chula Vista, CA which is a suburb of San Diego was second runner-up in Toronto, Canada the weekend of July 20-23. Christine Baker from Calgary, Canada was first runner-up. International Ms Bootblack was Michael from Colorado Springs, CO.” Steve Lenius in Leather Life added this quote “Megan DeJarlais, IMsL 1998 and associate producer of IMsL 2000, was pleased with this year’s event: “Even though the contest was smaller this year [because it was outside the U.S.], people really seemed to enjoy it. We had many comments on how smoothly the event ran, and the hospitality shown by the city and the hotel was outstanding.” The Daily Xtra added their perspective.

We need class pictures or any other items from the 2000 contest.  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 14-17, 2016 for our Class Reunion!  Check out the rest of program and more about 2000!

IMsL – Jo Blas

2000 – Sponsored by Kim Wolf of Leatherwoman Productions
This title would allow me to give back to the leather community on a national level what was given to me freely. Being a titleholder could open many doors and give me the visibility to effect change. I also am doing this for myself, in that, I feel that it brings me full circle on my spiritual path.

IMsBB – Michael Ann

2000michaelann2Colorado Springs, CO
Sponsor: High Plains Leather

2013 – Twenty years ago the Leather community was in the “dark ages” meeting secretively hoping to not get caught. Today, the Leather community is prominent and visible. The “Leather community” continues to be redefined through commitment and tradition.
Commitment comes from the heart. My commitment to the community is as a bootblack and a titleholder. There are times when i just want to stay home and not see any black wax for a week; but it is my commitment to be there for the community.

A community bootblack is rare commodity, many cities do not have them and they rely on events for a bootblack to teach them. A community bootblack is the “heart of Leather”; they are willing to get down on their knees and get their hands dirty. They clean and love the boots, shoes, and person for all their worth. It is an attitude of servitude, bringing an age-old tradition to an individual at that moment in time. i hope communities will rise and start producing bootblacks.

The thought of an old guard Master having to do his/her own boots is unbearable and old guard is a tradition that i recognize and honor. Tradition is a great part of our community; however, tradition has room for growth, which brings in the new guard mentality. Twenty years ago, as a straight fem bootblack, i would not be doing what i am doing today. i am one of many examples who have been accepted in the community not because of their sexual preference but who they are. i am a community bootblack.

We bring old and new guard together with commitment and tradition. We begin to shine together because “we do shine in many different ways”. Let your leather shine through.

yours in leather and boots,
michael ann

2000 Program Book

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