IMsL – Jill Carter
1996 – Jill Carter, International Ms. Leather ’96 has been active in the leather lifestyle for over 25 years. She has been an officer or founding member of various organizations across the United States, (including Leather and Lace and The Lesbian Sex Mafia) a speaker or workshop presenter for Leather organizations and colleges, and is a frequent writer for The Leather Journal. Jill is t herecipient of the Pantheon of Leather Woman of the year award 1988, Readers Choice Woman of the Year 1998, The N.L.A. International Order of (illegible) and the National Emerald Award from the State of Washington. [Ed. Note: This is Jill’s judges bio from the 1998 contest.]
2010 – Jill Carter, International Ms Leather 1996, has been active in the leather lifestyle for over 30 years. In 1996, she nearly gave her mate of then almost 25 years a heart attack with the statement, “I think I am going to run for IMsL.” She made good on her word becoming the tenth IMsL and the first African American woman to win the title.
Jill spent the next 49 weeks traveling through North America representing her title, collecting memorabilia, and raising awareness, and a lot of money for a young institution called the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M). She vowed during her victory speech to collect enough of our history to force the Board of Directors to have to buy a new building. That dream was fulfilled a year and a half later on the IML stage 1998, photos dropped down behind her that showed a building for sale; a building that had to be purchased by that Monday, if it was going to be purchased at all. The famous “just give me one dollar…” speech that had been heard around the country was heard again on that stage. A half hour later, many garbage cans filled with money was the deposit for the building that now houses the Leather Archives and Museum.
Since then and in the meantime, she has been an officer or founding member of various organizations across the United States, and a speaker or workshop presenter for leather organizations and colleges. She has published her first book, “So You Wanna Be a Title Holder,” and is eagerly anticipating the publication of her second book, “Sash, Dash or Ask.” Jill is the recipient of the Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year Award 1998 and 2001; Reader’s Choice Woman of the Year 1998; one-third of the Couple of the Year Award; The National Leather Association International Order of Merit and Lifetime Achievement Awards; and the Emerald Award from the state of Washington.
She has been recognized by various clubs and organizations across the country. Jill purchased the Ms. and Mr. World Leather titles in 2004, and formed Family Hope Alliance, Inc. that same year. This company was formed to promote charitable projects and events that will contribute to the world in a positive way. Since its inception in the year 2000, she has been the driving force behind the formation and development of the Ms. World Leather event. She is proud to continue her service to this community by serving as the President and CEO of Family Hope Alliance, Inc.