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Banning grid girls - is this 'equality for women'?

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With the recent announcement of F1 banning grid girls from its events in a bid to rid the sport of inequality, models and feminists remain divided over the great grid girl debate. Even amongst so-called feminists, there's disagreement over whether this ban empowers women to 'aim higher' - as if to suggest that those models would strive to become F1 drivers, should the opportunity to model no longer present itself - or whether in fact this ban just removes a potential job role from a woman's grasp, and all in the name of 'protecting her from exploitation'.

There is perhaps merit on both sides of the argument, but as usual it seems that the opinion of the 'dumb, exploited model' is the lesser valued opinion of the two. And we say this because grid girls have been publicly voicing their disgust at this move, and yet they remain unheard by the male powers that be. Ironic, wouldn't you agree?

Here at Daze Entertainment, we make no apology for celebrating female beauty in all its diverse glory - be it showgirls at Vegas events, dancers in giant martini glasses, or even half-naked Burlesque beauties twirling nipple tassels for fun. We find these ladies interesting to watch, as do our fellow female performers, female audience members, and even - dare we say it - male audience members too. What is wrong with finding men or women attractive? Why should we be ashamed to enjoy the beauty of others? And more importantly, why should we be ashamed to be those beautiful men or women that people enjoy?

This move sends a powerful message to women that if they cannot be F1 managers or drivers, they cannot partake in the sport at all. Would you call this 'female empowerment'? We certainly wouldn't.

In our decade or more of trading in beautiful women (and men too, we add) we cannot recall a single occasion when we had to shackle our performers to chains, traffick them into an event and force them to perform. We promise you, they do go willingly. And you know what, not only do they enjoy working the gigs, they also get paid good money for them. We call that empowerment.

So F1, rather than getting rid of grid girls and creating a smokescreen for the real inequality in your organisation, why not address the lack of female bosses and managers within F1. That is equality, and that empowers women.

Top tips for Speakeasy entertainment at your 1920's Gatsby party

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A little party never killed nobody - or so they keep telling us! But have you ever tried to plan a party??

Well fear not, because we're getting rather good at this Speakeasy malarky, and we've got a few top tips to help your corporate event planning go smoothly.

Venue and decor: either choose a venue that already fits your theme - we like Pryzm's decadent Curve room - or pick a blank canvas and draft in the right people to dress it.  Our friends over at Seventa did a Peaky Blinder of a job dressing the o2 Guildhall Southampton recently.

Music: the sounds of the 1920's and 1930's are both iconic and varied, so you can take your pick from crooners, vintage singers, jazz singers, bands and tributes. A recent client of ours enjoyed a harmony trio and a Frank Sinatra, followed by a commercial covers band for when the dancefloor was rocking.

Catering: whether you're going for a sit-down meal or more of canape and nibbles set up, make sure your edibles are as glamorous as your soiree. Why not try molecular cocktails or bar flair for a contemporary twist?

Entertainment: from gangsters to Burlesque, aerial champagne pouring to Charleston, ice luges to silhouette cutters, glitter face painters to magicians, vintage saxophone to glitzy contortion, and everything in between - The Great Gatsby really is a theme that you can have some fun with. 

When your client books last minute...

It's no secret that the events world is hectic over the festive season.  Christmas parties, family gatherings and New Years celebrations ensure we're sleep deprived throughout December, and ultimately if last minute enquiries come in, we sometimes can't help.

So when a request came in on 25th November, for a pair of artists to fly to Kenya for the whole Christmas season, we really had a challenge on our hands. Not only did the girls need to be proficient dancers and fire performers with a specific body type, they also needed to set off with less than a week's notice.

Residential contracts usually require our Director to fly out to settle the performers in for a few days, however this simply wasn't an option at such short notice.  But with two West African contracts already under our belt in 2017, we were determined to make this our third. And after some stressful job-covering and string-pulling, we managed to secure Yasmin and Lucy who had worked other gigs for us in Ghana and Nigeria so were well versed with the West African ways and customs, and could take the reigns in our Director's absence.

The girls consequently spent a sunny 5 weeks performing at a billionaire's club and various pool parties in Nairobi, which is an incredible city and party hub. And as we prepare for West African gig number 4 which kicks off in February, our message to our clients is:

Please....give us some notice...so that our boss doesn't have a mental breakdown. And Merry Christmas, while you're at it ;)

 

 

 

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