As performance artists go, Atlanta's Vagina Jenkins is the sexiest and most entertaining thing you'll probably ever see. Vagina Jenkins uses the medium of burlesque dance as a platform for her unique brand of queer, body positive, class conscious, black girl empowered politics.
Vagina says she "use(s) striptease as an entertaining way to show folks what I mean when i talk about visibility. There's nothing more visible than a fat, black girl in a 4 foot tall red and gold head-dress!"
As part of a mission to raise awareness around issues of queer, fat, femme, poor, POC visibility Vagina Jenkins is currently trying to raise money to take her message on the road. Vagina Jenkins understands that while performing to crowds in major cities like Vegas, San Francisco or NY is a validating experience, she also believes that there is even more important work to be done in rural and suburban America.
"It's humbling to have to ask for help, but I also believe there's a lot of folks out there who believe in my art and what I'm trying to achieve that would be willing to help out. Even just $20 a month from 50 folks would help me meet my goal." says Jenkins.
Vagina Jenkins is throwing a benefit show to raise money for an upcoming trip to the London Burlesque Festival. After the festival, she hopes to begin her "VaGIANT Americana Tour" in June.
Vagina Jenkins is currently accepting donations through kickstarter.com and paypal.com.
Please see http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/VaginaJenkins/vagina-jenkins-got-a-ramblin-mind-fund for an extensive description and video of the project. Please keep in mind that if the full amount is not raised by June, all funds are returned to their original donors!
Or donate directly to Vagina.Jenkins.Burlesque@gmail.com through www.Paypal.com
Or , if you live in Atlanta, please attend the "All About Vag" benefit show at Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr Drive, 30312. 8pm-midnight. $5-10 sliding fee scale.
Feel free to check out this lovely feature about Vag in the latest edition of the GA Voice . http://www.thegavoice.com/index.php/aae/nightlife-menu/119-queer-burlesque-performer-vagina-jenkins-seeks-international-fame
-Creative Loafing magazine's Best Burlesque Dancer
-Go Magazine's Top 100 Lesbians '09
-SOVO magazine's Best Up and Coming Activist '08, '09