Featured Boudette

The first Featured Boudette award of 2010 is a very special one, a much overdue tribute to one of The Boudoir's longest serving and most loyal clients, (drum roll please) the one and only Miss Emma Banin!!!

Miss Emma Banin

Miss Emma Banin

Emma Banin is a truly lovely person through and through. She has been a good friend to The Boudoir for many years and is a highly valued jewel in our tiara!! Small and perfectly formed, she is every inch the lady. Well mannered, generous, polite, gentle, thoughtful and always pleasant… she is our very own Eliza Doolittle.

A passionate follower of musical theatre, Emma has accompanied me on many a trip into the West End where we have enjoyed many spectacular shows together, such as Phantom Of The Opera and Love Never Dies. Recently Emma also enjoyed Miss TV Scotland and also a fabulous week away with The Boudoir in New York City last year - and at this very moment in time (April 2010) she is in Boston. This is where she has very bravely just undergone facial feminisation procedures to make her even more beautiful than she already is.

So I would not only like to award Miss Banin the new Featured Boudette title, but I would like to wish her all luck in the world for a successful round of surgery and a speedy recovery!! All hail The Banin, E to the B and The Baninmeister!! Oh and one last thing, work that pole girl!!

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Miss Lisa

Miss Lisa

The latest Featured Boudette is someone that I think is of considerable gorgeousness, loveliness and fabulousness!! Her name is Lisa Taylor and she is adorable!! A girl from across the pond (USA) who has set her Christian Dior roots down in London and slotted into the Boudette party scene like a dream!! And guess what?? It’s her birthday on Friday 3rd July and we are going to celebrate with her in the city that she now calls home.

Lisa has a heart as big as the Empire State Building, a sense of humour as sharp as the top of the Chrysler Building and a face as pretty as Manhattan by moonlight. She is warm, kind, friendly, funny, passionate, determined and most of all she gives to others without thinking. Her generosity and patience know no bounds and I for one am very glad that she walked though my door back in November 2008.

Lisa started on a long and arduous road of dieting and exercising back in November of last year and through sheer determination and willpower she has managed to lose 64 lbs to date, and is still losing weight as we speak. She really has worked to become a beautiful, slim and feminine woman. It’s not easy and I respect her so much for sticking to her guns and not giving up.

Lisa is our favourite Yankee, our whoop ass babe, our hostess with the mostess and above all she is our friend. Baby girl… on behalf of all at The Boudoir we curtsey to you and hail you a Very Special Boudette… now and always. We love huh!!

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Miss Beth

Miss Beth

This Featured Boudette is a person who is very dear to me. Beth is one in a million… for so many unquestionable reasons. I have honestly never met anyone who is so kind, so willing to help in anyway that she can and so giving - even if it means that she loses out herself. Beth is a genius as well as a beauty, and has saved my life so many times helping with my regular technological meltdowns!! She has also been there to listen to me, advise me and care about me on a more personal level too. Beth is a client who became an incredible friend the likes of which really only do come along a couple of times in every lifetime!! Her heart is pure and her spirituality is something that I will forever be in awe of.

Beth was responsible for creating and maintaining the Boudettes website for many years. Recently she showed signs to me of just not being able to cope with the upkeep of the website along side spending time on her work within the spiritual world. As sorry as we will all be to see the Boudettes site close down in its present form (rest assured it will be back), one could never say that Beth has not “done her bit” for The Boudoir and the many Boudettes that have enjoyed the site over the years!!

I wanted to make Beth my Featured Boudette as I wanted to say a huge, massive thank you to her for the great work that she did in providing the Boudettes site for all of us for so long and I also want to thank this wonderful person for everything that she has done for me personally. You are a very bright diamond Miss Beth and I love you very much!!

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Miss Diane

Miss Diane

Diane first came to The Boudoir about a year and a half ago. In she bowled, lit a cigarette, had her make up expertly applied by me, lit a cigarette, got dressed, lit a cigarette, I made her a lovely cup of tea and she lit a cigarette... she was, “In heaven mate!!” Diane had a number of five hour appointments where she would come and dress, and we would just talk and talk and talk, and she would smoke and smoke and smoke!! She would always bring me presents that she’d acquired, like a bag full of umbrellas, a box full of mini Mars bars and one occasion a sewing machine and some vases. You never knew what she would turn up with next!! Then Diane started to buy her own clothes with Next Directory being her favourite place. After that came the wigsdozens of them, all human hair and all just fabulous. Next came the diamonds… from QVC and other shopping channels. In between this were the gadgets, Diane had a gadget for everything… even one for putting false eyelashes on with!! She had become a shop-a-holic!!

Diane finally made the decision to venture out, and she decided that she would come on one of my Trans-Mission trips. We chose her outfit and wig in advance so she was all good to go on the day itself!! She had a great time that night, and she got on really well with the other Boudettes - they loved how real she was. Since then, Diane has been on many trips with The Boudoir, including our visit to San Francisco earlier this year and to the very recent Miss TV Scotland 2007 weekend.

Some may say that you need to change your voice, your mannerisms and expressions when you are dressed as a woman, but Diane doesn’t. She’s just who she is, no matter what she is wearing or what name she is using that day, “You can’t get more real then that mate!!” She cracks us up with her views on Ken Livingstone, Elton John, Ian Wright and the French!! We love hearing about her mate Dave, and how she thinks he may suspect that she’s a tranny but he can’t prove it!! When we go to restaurants, Diane is very, very fussy!! It’s steak and chips or nothing, she’ll say she doesn’t want it, “Mucked around with” or will ask for, “No funny gear on it” - she’d rather have a fag and a pint than something to eat anyway!! She loves her horse racing and her rugby and when she arrives at The Boudoir for a Saturday night out, she sets up her personal little Diane corner. She’ll take over the kitchen table with the mini television (that she brings so she can watch the racing), her cuppa and several boxes of cigarettes - and there she’ll stay till it’s time to get dressed to go out.

If Diane was with me now she’d tell me that she, “Couldn’t give a s**t” if she was a Featured Boudette and probably add “It doesn’t matter mate does it?” or “It don’t bother me mate!!” Despite all of this, secretly inside, I’m sure she’ll be thrilled. She will be saying to herself, “That’s blinding mate” as she raises a pint in her local pub with her buddy Dave. Well done Miss Diane!! We all love you for exactly who you arealright mate!!

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Miss Jessica

Miss Jessica Hart

Miss Jessica is someone who I consider to be very worthy of the honour of becoming Featured Boudette, as she is in my opinion, a shining example of a real Boudoir success story. Jessica has not been a Boudette for very long but my God she has achieved so much in such a short space of time!! She walked through my door as a very eager yet at the same time very inexperienced individual. One who was desperately trying to make sense of all these feelings that she was having, and like many of my clients not fully understanding why they were happening. However her eagerness to learn and her enthusiasm to be the best that she could possibly be really shone through. Jessica was not prepared to compromise. I really admired this in her and knew very quickly that we would get on very well!!

Jessica is a daredevil tranny - living in a fairly remote place, our Jess has to get on a ferry to be able to come to London, and often she will do this dressed. She has also braved the dreaded London Underground and recently she flew to Manchester for the Sparkle weekend en femme too!! Her attitude to these situations is “Big deal, why shouldn’t I go dressed on a plane, train or boat?” I love this about her.

Jessica is another total shop-a-holic!! Clothes, make up you name it…this girl just loves to shop. She has the most impressive make up kit of any Boudette ever!! She has a real style and finesse about her that does not come easily to most people, but just seems to be effortless for her. Saying this, I know and appreciate that the look that she has refined so well is anything but effortless!! Jessica works very hard on it, constantly critiquing herself and always trying to find areas that she can improve.

What I like about her most is that she also has a very kind and caring nature, and is always ready to help others in any way that she can. Jessica… you are elegant, classy, sophisticated and delightful to be around!! I am so proud to call you a Boudette and I just hope that you are proud to be one. You are shining example to many people and you just keep getting better. Thank you so much for finding me and The Boudoir - and also thank you for representing me, The Boudoir and ultimately the TG community to such a high standard!! I really love you lots and look forward to many more adventures and fabulous afternoons at The Boudoir with you!! It gives me great pleasure to crown you my Featured Boudette!!

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Miss Zoe Snaggle

Miss Zoe Snaggle

Miss Zoe Snaggle is a little bundle of amazing energy and unquestionable glamour. When I first met Zoe quite a few years ago she had a different femme name and was very nervous and very cautious about her life as a transgendered person. We had a great night out at the WayOut Club and then I didn’t see her again for years. Then, about a year and half ago she materialised at the door of The Boudoir with a new name and a whole new outlook on who she was, and what she wanted to do with her dressing.

She told me that she had set her sights on joining us on the Miss TV Scotland 2005 weekend and desperately wanted to win it. She asked me if I could help her win the title. I remember saying to her that she looked fantastic anyway and yes I could help with her outfits and certainly her make up and hair but the rest was up to her. We practised her walk, her turns at the end of the runway (which still need some practise hun!!) and put together two outfits that suited her and were appropriate for the competition. The daytime outfit comprised of all my clothes as she is a size 8, the same as me. She wore my Miss Sixty ripped jeans, a Dior belt, a white vest top and a pinstripe jacket. The jeans were too long for her as she is tiny in height and I am tall, so we tucked the legs up inside. For the evening outfit she wore a dress that she had bought herself. Teamed with a fairly short blonde flicked-out wig, Gucci sunglasses on her head and classy jewellery, she looked a million dollars.

When we went to Scotland, all the preparation paid off and Miss Zoe Snaggle was crowned the winner!! She was so incredibly happy and just bursting with immense pride. Zoe was a joy to be with that whole weekend and generally has a very fun and positive air about her that is quite contagious. I remember her coming back to the table after she had all her publicity photos taken in her sash and tiara and she said “Well done team…we did it!” And that is Zoe all over. She saw her success as a success for all of us, as she was proud to present herself as a Boudette, and represent them and The Boudoir.

Zoe, since then, has attended the Transfandango Ball with The Boudoir and just a few weeks ago she returned to Scotland with us to hand over her tiara and sash to the new Miss TV Scotland who happened to be another Boudette, Miss Ashley Monae. Zoe also appeared in the Hide and Sleek fashion show wearing the dress that Loraine Walker had made for her as her prize for winning the previous year - she looked stunning. Zoe is the kind of person that you cannot fail to like and is so friendly, charming, funny and gracious. She knows how to have fun and has a smile that forces you to smile with her. I can only compare her to a ray of golden sunshine that brightens any event or night out that she attends. I love her to pieces and I am very proud to bestow the thoroughly deserved title of Featured Boudette upon her. God bless you Zoe, and please don’t ever leave us again!!

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Miss Ashley Monae

Ashley Monae

Ashley has been a regular client here at The Boudoir for a few years now and she has been an absolute delight to work with throughout that time. A girl of few words is our Ashley, but it really doesn't matter as she has an amazing aura about her that makes one feel very comfortable in her company. She has an amazing flair for style, always looks incredibly realistic as a woman and loves trendy clothes with a special passion for beautiful shoes...especially killer heels!! She is incredibly lucky to have the support of her daughter Elaine, who advises her and helps her to cultivate that very distinctive Ashley look.

I recently took them both on an escorted shopping trip to London's West End where we bought some amazing outfits, all of which looked more stunning on Ashley than most real women. Whilst we were in the lift at Marks and Spencers we had a very funny episode. The one we were in was filled with Arab women in their veils, along with a few Arab men. When we reached our floor, Elaine politely asked them all to move out of the way so we could leave the lift, and they all looked at her like she was mad. She then very politely asked for a second time for the people to move. Again they all just ignored her. All of a sudden, the very demure and normally very quiet Miss Monae boomed "Moooooove it!!" at the top of her suddenly very masculine voice. The Arabs all suddenly scattered like crazy and allowed us to get out of the lift!! I don't think that they expected to hear that voice come out of this beautiful and elegant woman!! It was hilarious and it is one of the reasons why I love Ashley so much....every now and then she will just shock you with something you are not expecting!!

I have travelled to Gran Canaria, Scotland and various other places with Ashley on different TG events and I always feel strangely secure in her company. Although she is very feminine in appearance I know that she would be there for any of us in a very masculine and protective way if required. I love her, my Mum loves her and His Royal Highness Spikey Sparkles particularly loves his Auntie Ashley. I hope she is a regular Boudette for many years to come, and she so thoroughly deserves to be my very first Featured Boudette. Ashley... we curtsey to you!!!

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