Throughout my teens, I flirted with many different lives (as in with the tradition of cats) including life as a Baptist where, after much wrestling with Literalist Christian views, I came to find that "the light" generally comes from outside the church.
..."as pretty as stained glass windows are, they occlude and distort what is naturally beautiful and divine..."
Shaken by dogma but not stirred, I pushed my faculties -mental (perhaps limited!), emotional and spiritual (for lack of a better word) by studying the history and hence accuracy of biblical translations and it's ancestral roots in Gnosticism and arrived at the conclusion that more abstract and metaphorical views are indeed valid and supportive of an opulent life of self-awareness and conscious understanding of our potential in the Universe. I hold such work as the Hermetica in very high regard and generally find literalist religion to be wanting. Thus, my library and "stuff" of youth has developed into a wide collection of books on the paranormal and occult, conspiracy (for a laugh, obviously) kitsch religious items and well, anything found to be obscure, culturally peculiar or a tad macabre. Dispite the "academic" look at Christianity, I guess it is unsurprising that I have a "thing" for gents of the cloth....
I have been involved with modelling agencies since 11 and the years of experience working with photographers has helped my become adept at arranging and directing photo shoots to. I have been honoured to represent the "Vampyre" and fetish genre across Europe via various media and artistic connections, being both a cover girl and a subject of "Dark" photographic galleries based in Milan by age 18.
..."when it comes to working with artists, one realises that patience is not a virtue, it is a necessity....as is integrity, and a LARGE fee!"
It was through attending performances of Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants, where I teamed up with Electra Cute to conceive "Kitsch 'n' Kink” – the UK’s premier cheesecake double act; and go on to co-found the MInistry of Burlesque. This is when I adopted the name Kittie Klaw.
The rationale is thus: My hero is Bettie Page (whether by intention or not, she was a boundary pusher of the post-war American psyche. I combined Kirsty and Bettie = Kittie. In honour of the late Irving and Paula Klaw who also were boundary pushers (and were subsequently made martyres to their cause by th FBI's hypocsrisy at the time) hence I use Klaw - for obvious connections to Bettie and the connotations of cats/claws, further more my initials happen to be KLA. It is as contrived as burlesque. It made sense to me.
Where the nazi fixation comes from well, that's another story - my first crush was a certain satirical Gestapo, Herr F..........
K xxX .
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