The line at the Broward County convention center was still long and eager even near closing time on May 31. Dozens upon dozens of dolled up, dressed up, modelesque type beauties were outside waiting to get inside. Many of the exhibitors however, were already packing up and ready to move on to whatever awaited them in the breezy South Florida evening. But nothing could detour this insanely gorgeous line, and no one working the entrance door was prepared to turn them away. This is the kind of reaction that is now expected for ‘Ladies Free Friday’ at Exxxotica 2013.
Exxxotica has returned and changed its location. While some may find it odd, the transfer to Ft. Lauderdale helps out in shortening critics and welcoming even larger crowds to this adult’s only convention. Everything feels more controlled; accessing the Port of Miami requires a security check (but no dirty looks or embarrassing questions will come from these agents, just a quick look of ID and envious pleasantries), and parking is no longer an obstacle under the multi-leveled garage. Some may miss the nights when leaving the event showed off some of the hottest cars that could be found in South Beach, but no one will complain about being able to leave the convention in under five minutes (but very few will be in any rush to leave too soon or late).
This year’s Exxxotica opening had a different type of feeling then what is normally anticipated, even by veteran visitors. This year wasn’t just a ladies night; it was a celebration for women who are the stars and fans of the adult entertainment industry. The sheer amount of ladies was overwhelming, it was quite difficult to find a man who didn’t feel overwhelmed (and excited) by the dominating number of women overtaking the convention. If this industry is criticized for solely being male driven or engineered to only men’s ideals of sexuality and beauty, they would do themselves and their ignorance a favor by avoiding this night.
And of course, the stars and exhibitors responded kindly to the influx of excited femme friendlies. The stars chatted with wives and were happy to pose together for the lucky husband nervously waiting with a camera. Exhibitors included their free demonstrations of whips and devices to laughing, embarrassed girlfriends while their boyfriends laughed along. And there were countless amounts of lady friends sticking together, giggling and buying phallic candies; any first time visiting male would be hard pressed not to believe that they had found the Shangri-la of singles’ club (not minding the gyrating male strippers that were on stage with a lucky female volunteer).
Continuing with the theme of the night, The National Pole dancing competition finals would be held and it was spectacular. Such a titled event anticipates promiscuous dancing and attractive flexibility, instead the crowd would witness some jaw dropping acrobatics, stunts, and showmanship that could earn Olympic gold. These women were far from anything that could be found on a Tuesday evening at a local strip bar, these are soon to be featured dancers and they did not hold back their talents for this contest.
It’s difficult not to be mesmerized by the flying pageantries that graced and danced around the stage. The imposing 20 foot poles were no match for these masters of grace and beauty. And no matter how difficult there spins and pumps may have seemed, the smile on these ladies faces never left. One performer by the name of Shelby Doll, whose background hails from Maine, was her only humble trait of the night. Her arm sleeve tattoos, dark rock star hair, and gorgeous tanned face didn’t detract from her act of unbelievable maneuvers (that could not possibly be performed on typical online purchased stripper poles) while rock singles pumped out of massive speakers. Her act was anything but tame, but the best reaction and description is looking back at the audience only to find a sea of awestruck eyes and gasps.
This was perhaps the definition of what the night meant and what Exxxotica ultimately represents to many young female followers. This wasn’t about who was the most beautiful or who was the sexiest, it was about the following that all these models, stars and performers have for being proud of what they share with the world. They have gotten to this point in their lives not for some sad story or regret, but because they feel empowered by what they do and revel in it. They have made careers, and pose with handicapped fans as a means to say: “thank you”. Just looking at the trained bodies of the pole dancing competitors reveals just as much. The athletic features, toned muscles and disciplined posterity doesn’t give a hint of weakness, helplessness or pity stories; these are trained amazons and they do not have time to lose.