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La Mome Inette, Fetish Model, Modeling for Yva Richard in Paris

Welcome to Sex Worker Style! This blog is about the intersections of sex work and fashion. It’s about how sex workers dress, why they wear what they wear to work, and how what they wear is both influenced by and influential upon fashion outside of the sex industry. It’s also about how sex workers have been directly involved in the fashion system. Finally, it’s about how I, as a primary source, experienced so many details of fashion, dress, and costume, watching the interplay of workers’ preferences and aspirations, the motives of their employers, the tastes of customers and clients, and the directives of law enforcement affected those details.

I’m your hostess and researcher, Jo Weldon. I’m the author of The Burlesque Handbook and Fierce: The History of Leopard Print. I’m also the Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque.

I’ve been a sex worker for nearly four decades, working primarily, but not only, as a stripper and dominatrix. I’ve been an anti-censorship activist since high school, and a sex workers’ rights activist and advocate since the 1990s.

You can support my work via venmo @joweldon, or join my Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/m/sexworkerstyle for more insider tips and conversations. For all the visuals, follow me on Instagram at @sexworkerstyle. For burlesque classes, see schoolofburlesque.com.

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