The 5th Anniversary New York Rubber Ball/Miss Rubber World Contest is set to sizzle away the winter chill on January 16th, 2011 in Manhattan. Along with their sister event for the gay male rubber scene, Mr. American Rubber, the organisers have given away over $110,000 in rubber gear and other great prizes since 2005, all donated by over 70 different designers and retailers from all over the world.
Their goal continues to be to create something fun and special for primarily the North American rubber scene, but they also want the world to see that New York more than holds its own against other world cities like London, Berlin and Amsterdam. They strive to provide an elegant and exciting atmosphere, but to also be laid back enough for socialising with fellow rubberists, without being hoarse the next day. They also mandate that there must be the ability to play as much as possible!
The event figurehead, Dana, says “Rubberists of all levels of experience are encouraged to come and meet others with the same appetite for shiny enclosure. Some may cast a wary eye on the expansion of rubber into the mundane fashion world, but, as all rubberists know, rubber is not a casual fabric. It has to truly excite you on more than just an aesthetic level to be truly enjoyed. Many start with a XXX bookstore bought skirt or pair of gloves and end up in multiple layers of custom crafted encasement, so we see more chances to get into rubber via high quality daily wear as a very good thing.”
The featured event of the evening is of course the Miss Rubber World Contest, Emceed by legendary rubber designer The Baroness, with up to 10 contestants competing for on average $10,000 in prizes from many of the world’s rubber designers and retailers. This year’s sponsors to date include: Vex Clothing, The Baroness, Dawnamatrix Designs, Kink Engineering, Essential Latex, Hedony Design, Passional, Collective Chaos Design, Rubber Fucker, Jaqueline Marie Couture, Latex Nemesis, Spandexwear.com, HMS Latex and Kriszta Latex Wardrobe.
Being on the Sunday of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday weekend allows the organisers to work with other rubber supporters like Xris SMack!, Paddles and NYC Fetish Tribe to build a full weekend of events. The website is packed with travel, hotel, dining and shopping info, so those coming in from abroad can know where to go while in NYC and how to get around safely.
Says Dana, “New York Rubber Ball is extremely grateful for the support of all attendees, sponsors and the rubber media, most especially Skin Two, for being the inspiration and setting the standard. We can hardly believe that it’s already been five years already, but we’re looking forward to the next five and beyond.”