Back in Omaha in July 2004 and the event returned to the Best Western Reddick Center as the host hotel.  Judges were Robert Davolt, Al Santora, Leslie Anderson, Glenda Rider, Tom Winfield, Sheryl Dee. Johnna McCreary and Connie Cox. Judges boy was Joe Welch.  Tallies were Sharon Van Butsel and Carla Peterson. The Emcees were Jon Krongaard and Sarah Humble.  The theme was “The Masquerade”.

There were 5 IMsL contestants and 3 IMsBB contestants in 2004:

  • Gayla, Ft Madison, IA
  • Alycyn Britton, Portland, OR
  • Joansie, Arlington, VA
  • Lori Ellison, Rio Rancho, NM
  • Stephanie Locke, North Hollywood, CA
  • Izzy, Great Lakes Leather Alliance
  • Mari
  • Boi Gwen, Intl Leather Sir/boy

According to Dave Rhodes and The Leather Journal “Lori Ellison from Rancho Rio, NM became the 19th woman to wear the International Ms Leather sash on Saturday night, July 17 at Club Joy in Omaha, NE. Five women competed. Izzy was the International Ms Bootblack 2004 winner. Lori Ellison also won the Sisterhood Award voted on by the contestants. The fantasy performed by Lori Ellison was as erotic as the come and involved a watermelon. Cost of set? Less than $3, value of fantasy? Priceless. The audience cheered raucously as she fisted the melon with one hand, then with both. It was wild.” Izzy was announced as IMsBB 2004.  Anyone know who the runner ups were in both contestants?

We need class pictures or any other items from the 2004 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 2004!

IMsL – Lori Ellison

2004loriellison2004 – Sponsor: HPL Productions of Colorado
For several years I had a great time in Leather, going to runs and play parties and generally having a good time. After a while I began to feel that I was simply having fun (nothing wrong with that, mind you) but not really contributing to the community. I felt as if I was benefiting from everyone else’s hard work, I want to be International Ms. Leather because I feel it’s time to give back, to make certain that those who will follow me get to have the same sort of experiences that I had. On a personal level, I want to be International Ms. Leather for the adventure of my own growth and learning.

LoriEllisonb2010 – I was IMsL 2004. During my title year, between runs, parades, conferences, meetings and general farting around, I took the sash out for a walk more than 70 times. That year I logged 2,000 hours at my full time job and 3,000 hours being IMsL. I was on a first name basis with the flight crew from the 6:00 a.m. American flight from ABQ to DFW. I remained active for a little more than two years after my official title year ended. I traveled extensively teaching on various leather-related subjects while still managing to squeeze in the odd appearance to do unseemly things to watermelons.

Some time in 2007, I finally packed the title vest carefully into a dresser drawer and decided to “do something” different. I changed jobs, bought a house with some land (and some dairy goats and Shetland sheep), and went back to school to finish my degree. In the spare time I really don’t have, I volunteer with an organization that assists homeless families, and with our city’s Community Emergency Response Team (think city-based disaster relief). The pace of life here isn’t necessarily slower, but the rhythm is certainly different. It’s a far cry from the title circuit, but it’s no less hectic. Between work, school, the occasional volunteer gig and tending to my mini-farm, there’s not a lot of time for play these days – which is a shame because, God knows, I could use some distraction. Still, I tell myself that there will be life (and leather) after grad school… I hope…

2004 Program Book

(Mobile version available here)