Today we’d like to introduce you to The Taffeta Darling.
Taffeta, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Over a decade ago I was doing some pin-up modeling for local photographers and decided to incorporate my fandoms and comic characters into the photos and it sort of took off from there. At the time cosplay photography and pinups were pretty much unheard of in the Texas area. I also had a small blog at the time which I used to write reviews and my thoughts on the pop culture and geek world. I was invited on various podcasts, was given a co-host spot on a local Dallas podcast, then was offered my own show on the same network. From there, I created “FANGIRLS” which is an all female-led weekly video stream that I co-host with my friend, Stina Glitters. It’s usually her and I but occasionally we have guests on.
But basically, the show covers anything and everything it can in the Geek and Pop Culture realm from comics, video games, movies, books, conventions, and more. Fangirls teams up with a variety of local businesses and events and always has something going on. When I’m not running Fangirls, I host events, freelance for other websites, model for professional photographers, and moderate guest and movie panels for big conventions such as Retropalooza, FanExpo Dallas, Denver Comic Con, Greater Austin Comic-Con, and others. I spend my nights on the couch reading and relaxing with my pets: Houdini the Cat, and Thorondor the Dog.
Has it been a smooth road?
There are always struggles; but as I’ve grown and progressed the minutia of those struggles don’t compare to the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met. I’ve worked hard and I’m proud of where I am and what I’ve accomplished.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I guess what I’m known for is being a sort of respected (but loud) female voice and presence in a niche world that is usually dominated by males. However; as times change, and things evolve, I’m now glad to have been a trailblazer giving way for more women to embrace their geekiness without being afraid to show it off.
I’m most proud of myself for being me, and not changing my ideas or morals to please anyone, even if that does keep me underground, or holds me back. I’m happy with where I’m at and have a steady career in a part of the comics industry, and that’s all I really need right now.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Dallas has a flourishing community of geeks, a dozen or so have already been featured as a Dallas Voyage Gem, so I’d say yeah, Dallas, the DFW, Texas, in general, is a great place for geeks.
- Website: thetaffetadarling.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Photographers for included images: Daniel Driensky – Video Game Duck Hunter, LeRoy Roper- Dia de los Muertos, and Dynamite Dames- Dazzler
Makeup Artists: Ladonna Stein and Tiffany Diamond