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Madame JoJo's

This legendary club, founded a long time ago by Soho’s well-known entrepreneur, Paul Raymond, has been somewhere I have wanted to visit since first hearing about it probably in my late teens when a Sunday colour supplement carried an interview with Raymond, the then Madame JoJo and “the boys” (as they called them). I used to wonder if I could ever get a job there as an entertainer or waitress. Until now I never had any opportunity or excuse to go.

It’s only the second trans club I’ve been to in London, the other being the Way Out Club in the City. This is a dedicated venue and is much better. Not large but adequate, its décor is pleasanter, its stage show better and the crowd is more mixed with “normal” people visiting not just TGirls and Admirers, ie couples (straight and gay), groups of female/gay friends. In other words, it’s always been a place with a trans slant for anyone to hang out in, as I expected. The loos, however, are inadequate and not nice, and the bar is small and fairly pricey. Located on Brewer Street in the heart of Soho, it could not be more central. Website: http://www.madamejojos.com/

Yesterday (a Wednesday, which is Trannyshack night) I went with two friends – one transsexual and one straight male – and we enjoyed an evening of drinks and dancing, cabaret and chatting. The music is a little too loud for extended conversation, but not deafening as it is in, say, the clubs of Leeds.

The cabaret was not bad. Dusty O the compere introduced two new York girls, who were energetic and excellent, Holly Day (in blue) and I will remember the other’s name in due course. There were other numbers from Mitzi Mackintosh and our old friend Vanilla Lush who was celebrating eight years in the establishment. It was quite fun.

High-energy greetings from New York. These girls have fantastic legs.

Mitzi Mackintosh from Australia doing a mad rendition of Mame.

Vanilla Lush.

I’d go back. It’s a reasonable place to spend a couple of hours.

Sue x

Daily inspiration-

How do you get your inspiration for the outfits you wear ?

I get a lot of my inspiration from the past 70's,80's,90's early 2000's

Who has had the biggest fashion influence on your outfits ?
I gather inspiration from pretty much everyone especially the very unique! Including Allysa Stone and Violettae and so many more



What made you start posting your pictures on chictopia ? 
I am considering getting one but haven't yet set up an account

What blogs and websites do you follow and why ? 
And so many others I cant name them all but these cites are where i get my inspiration from


Would you describe yourself as a trendsetter or fashion follower ?
I don't think i am a trend setter, i mean I wear what I like and not everyone likes it, I do follow certain styles but none really pertaining to this decade

How would you describe your style ? 

Does the hosiery you wear dictate the clothes,outfit you wear ?
Not really I feel any& all hosiery really vamps up an outfit


What is in your hosiery drawer or closet ? 
Print tights,knit tights,thigh highs& fishnets

How do you choose your hosiery ? 
When I see a pattern I like I have to have it! Thats all lol



Where do you shop for hoseiry ? 
Anywhere I can find it really
I've gotten some from norstrom ,forever21& urban outfitters

What was the last item of hosiery you brought, how much you spent etc ?
My tie dye tights they were $14 from urban outfitters

Do you prefer sheer or opaque tights,stockings or holdups,socks or kneehighs,sheer toe or reinforced ? 
sheer tights
I love ankle socks& thigh high socks
reinforced definately


Do you ever wear 10 denier tights or sheer hose if so how long do they last you ?
I have had 10s they rip easy but by applying clear nail polish it saves them! it prevents the rip from getting any bigger and is save to wash.

How does wearing tights make you feel emotionally ? More feminine,better with girly outfits not thought about it ?
I guess I do feel feminine, well I love pairing girly colors like white&pastels with black tights but they go great with all styles

Do you prefer the feel of tights ? Do your legs ache less, prefer than pants ? not thought about it ?
I do prefer them! they are like a second skin! just yesterday I wore tights& an oversized t shirt& i was good to go!

When do you wear hosiery,daily-once a week etc ?
Almost daily like 3-4 days out of the week

What is your hosiery staple ? 
My knit tights

What are your style tips for wearing tights ?
Always spice it up! I love the way simply black tights look over thigh highs

How do you put on tights?
Roll them to the toe&pull them over my legs (minimizes rips)

Do you keep a spare pair of tights in your bag ?
No I probably should though


The best and worst things about hosiery, Love-hate ?
I have long cat claw nails& they don't work well with my tights because the snag 

Do you recycle your tights if not how many pairs of tights do you throw away each month ? What was the last pair you pt in the bin,trash?
I try very hard to keep my tights in circulation the last pair I threw away were my sheer tights with little hearts all over them they were tearing all over (which i don't really mind) and got stretched out