Name: Betty Devoe
Location: Chicago (currently)
What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it?
Whore/Performance Artist. The former since I began as an 18-year old fetish model/dominatrix and the later since birth (and working in professional children’s theater in Las Vegas). Currently I am a fierce sex worker rights activist & budding queer porn producer, and also pursuing a degree in Human Sexuality. Over the past few years I’ve been privileged to work with some amazing performance art groups & artists (Conclusionary Practices, Cabaret of the Nameless, & Pure Magical Love are amongst my favorites.)
What is your personal fashion philosophy?
Glamarchy! Glamour + Anarchy = Divinity! Fashion is constant chaos. Never stay stagnant. Always evolve & be open to inspiration from garbage to vintage to couture.
Where do you like to shop for clothes?
My best finds are from my 1980s-Vegas grandmother’s closet & queer hooker hand-me-downs. But if I must, thrift stores in tiny old southern towns, wig shops on the west-side of Chicago (for bbw fishnets & gold hoops & sparkly gems), and random global bazaars/street corner stands.
Who are your personal style icons and influences?
The late great Isabella Blow, Grace Jones, Marlene Dietrich, Oscar Wilde, Cleopatra, Lil’ Kim, and of course my favorite “Divine” (circa Multiple Maniacs/Pink Flamingos) are all longtime muses.
What’s one thing you’d NEVER wear?
Blatant advertising labels or factory produced brands! My body is for sale, but not as a billboard. (And no, you can’t afford me.)
If you could live in any era of fashion history when would it be?
I need a time machine…everything from 1920s fringe & feathers to 1970s coke-glam-trash to ancient Dionysian togas & jewels.
What are your current favorite clothing pieces, accessories, and
My loves du jour are big decadent earrings & cocktail rings, caftans/tunics/”cult-chic” togas, 70s Euro-Rivera maxi-dresses, fitted-waist 50s girly frocks, Geisha-style hair sticks for quick glam up-dos, and tiny bikinis on my sexy size-16 ass. For beauty, I adore organic baby lotions, vintage French perfumes, & lashes for days (any decent bat black mascara will do).
Any general style tips for our readers?
Love your body. Fuck “Fashion”.
And to quote the divine fashion icon Patsy Stone, “You can never have too many hats, gloves, or shoes.”