Wow, where do I begin….?
What an epic weekend.
Me and the Inspiring Sexuality TV crew arrived on Friday and the Victoria Warehouse was already pretty full of weird and wonderful people (please note, I love weirdos and don’t mean weird in a derogatory way at all!) We wondered around talking to people and taking pics.
There were a few incredible stage shows on the main stage including a very sexy and talented ‘Magic Mike’ style dancer called Chika who did a lovely little interview with me live on Periscope. Periscope (for those that don’t know) is a live streaming app and it’s very cool. Get the app for free on your phone and you can watch people from all around the world doing or talking about anything that takes your fancy. My name on periscope is @Rachael_ISxpert. If you follow me you can get a little notification any time I go live. You can chat and ask me questions right there and then.
Chika was HOT and some lovely eye candy for the (straight) girls as there was soooo much eye candy for the (straight) men! It’s only fair! Hahaha
The time flew by and we quickly had to get ready for the Sexhibition Awards! I am so chuffed that I was nominated for Sex Educator Of The Year! Sadly I didn’t win but a very well deserving person did. Miss Alix Fox and she even won another award too! Go girl!
Creme Brulee graced the stage with her incredibly seductive and powerful voice as we ate a very fancy (and expensive) three course meal. It was nice, I could have just done with 3 plates of each dish! #Greedy!
Then, the awesome drag queens Cheddar Gorgeous and Anna Phylactic Shock made their entrance in their own unique and flamboyant style. I love their energy and banter. Very funny and so creative and beautiful. They are both really nice people and I will be doing a full on documentary style interview with them on trans culture. I need educating on this as I’m sure many others do too. I’m really excited about speaking with them and Anna Phylatic Shock told me they are doing a ‘thing’ that I must get involved with. I’ll keep you posted on that!
We drank far too much, danced, posed for the cameras and chatted away to all the other performers, exhibitors and models. It really was a great night! A wonderful, vibrant energy.
Day 2 was far busier than the Friday. Loads of interesting, happy people and things to look at. We went around interviewing the public about their thoughts on Sexhibition. Their thoughts on sexuality and I asked a load of people what confidence means to them as it’s something i really want to focus with Inspiring Sexuality. How and where do people find their confidence.
The thing I love most about my industry is that everyone is open. Non judgmental. Accepting. There are women walking around in latex thongs and spikey bras, people dressed up as ponies or dogs, one woman I interviewed was a unicorn! And everyone just accepts and appreciates each others uniqueness. And instead of looking down their noses making judgments and assumptions about a person, they smile and celebrate being in such an environment where people are free to be who they really want to be.
It scares me to think of how many people suppress their true selves. People who hide away cause they are scared to be judged, by random strangers at that! Who gives a flying f#@k!? Well at an event like Sexhibition, you really are free to be what ever you want. It is a very liberating and wonderful experience.
People also came dressed in ‘normal’ clothes too. Jeans and shirts/ tops. Not everyone was there to show off their inner selves. There were people from all walks of life. Old, young, fat, thin, gay, straight, bi, trans, black, white, pink – the diversity was astounding. It just goes to show how many people want to explore their own sexuality or even, just ‘normal’ people wanting to go out and have a good fun time in a place full of naughtiness!
I even had the pleasure of meeting Stoya who is a very famous porn star, writer and model from America. She had a Q&A session with the public and honestly, people were queuing the whoooole way along the corridor to see her! Tonnes of people! She was much more petite than I had imagined and she was very sweet and understated too!
My wonderful colleague and friend Jo King and I did our Sexpowerment master class together. Which went extremely well. The feedback was brilliant. It was just a teaser and has made me even more excited about doing our next one in the next month or two. Jo and I are so passionate about female sexual empowerment, we always struggle to fit all of our pearls of wisdom into one class! That’s why our full Sexpowerment Master class is a whopping 4 1/2 hours long!!
We mingled and interviewed some more. And then I did my VAGINA Master Class. I absolutely love working with men about better sex. It gives me such hope that men aren’t arrogant, selfish lovers like many women (unfortunately) think. We women have each other to discuss our sex lives with. And it doesn’t take much! Coffee or wine catch ups often lead to ‘ok, how is the sex?’ ‘Did he last?’ How big is he?’ etc etc. Men tend to keep things to themselves. So when I have a sell out for my class teaching men about vaginas and how to please them, trust me – I am over the moon!
It took a while for them to get comfortable. I don’t think they knew what they were in for. But by the end of the class all the attendees were happily chatting away and sharing experiences. They all gave me really good feedback and I was lucky enough to get a really good video testimonial with Dave (pictured right) To watch his testimonial please click here.
Again, the day flew past and the After Dark stage show was fast approaching. We just about had enough time to eat, get showered and ready and then it was back to the event. The main stage was surrounded by a mass of people all dressed up to the nines, enjoying a fancy three course meal. Again, the energy and excitement was electric. Everyone was on such a high and as always, people were happily chatting away to each other and making new friends.
Then, what we were all waiting for, Goodtime Mama Jojo (British Burlesque Legend and founder of London Academy of burlesque) graced the stage with her sensational stage presence. She did a little sexy intro dance for us all and began to introduce all the acts. They were all fantastic and everyone was clearly having a great time. Jo King kept the whole audience engaged with her wit and positive energy in between acts. She even produced the whole show! Her partner in crime Lilly Snatchdragon had everyone in stitches too! Her funny and clever routines and improvised banter with Jo was an absolute pleasure to see!
Mama’s Girls rocked their routine as did Sir Midnight Blues with his fantastic and energetic pole routine!
Immodesty Blaize was the headlining act and she was fantastically sensual and owned the stage as you’d expect!
You can’t help but feel inspired when watching these people perform. It’s kind of like when you watch a Bruce Lee movie and come out wanting to be a ninja!
I was filled with joy, confidence and sensual inspiration after watching such talent on stage!
We partied on into the early hours (I never learn) before heading back to work the next day. I was surprised at just how packed it was on Sunday. There seemed to be even more extravagant, interesting people to look at and talk to.
I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you and congratulations to Cheryl and Jay Smith (the organisers) and to all of their staff. I feel that this year was bigger and better than last year and all the feedback I got from visitors, exhibitors and performers was just brilliant!
Another MASSIVE thank you to my team, who were just awesome and so so helpful! I couldn’t have done it with out you!!!
I can’t help but feel so proud to be a part of such an awesome event. I highly recommend that everyone goes to an event like this, even if its just to experience it. The energy and the friendly people, performers and exhibitors just make it what it is – The Erotic Event Of The Year!
To book your early bird tickets for Sexhibition 2017 click here! Get in there quick as I think they are going for just a fiver at the mo! Woohooo! But they will soon go up to full price!