From an art dealer to a mental health worker, the VERY unassuming women who are proud members of a high-end SEX club – and say there’s nothing more thrilling than seducing a masked stranger
- Sex party company Killing Kittens is famous for organising ‘sexually fluid’ bashes
- Women who like to attend the ‘sexually-charged’ events have stripped off for an ’empowering’ new photoshoot with top photographer Amelia Troubridge
- Some party-goers are pictured topless and in racy underwear with words including ‘divine’ and ‘beautiful’ written across their bodies
- One fan of the brand, Elle, 30, from the South West says she doesn’t label her sexuality and enjoys experiences ‘with other men, women and couples’
Fans of upmarket members-only sex party brand, Killing Kittens, founded by a friend of the Duchess of Cambridge, have stripped down to their underwear in a new photoshoot about female empowerment.
Many of the women, who have shared details of the thrills on offer at the ‘sexually charged’ events held by the brand, are seen topless or sporting racy underwear with words such as ‘divine’, ‘proud’ and ‘fearless’ write large on parts of their bodies.
Killing Kittens says the photoshoot, shot by respected British snapper Amelia Troubridge, shows just how much times have changed when it comes to shouting from the rooftops about female sexuality, with the woman photographed proud to say they love attending the high-end sex parties.
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Mother-of-two Elle, 30, a mental health worker from the South West, says she the ‘air of anticipation’ at her first Killing Kittens party was ‘thrilling’. The upmarket sex party brand, founded by a former school friend of Kate Middleton, now has around 120,000 members world-wide
Fans of Killing Kittens, which also holds ‘sexually-charged’ workshops, have stripped down to their underwear for a new shoot on female empowerment. The women appear with words such as ‘proud’ and ‘divine’ written on their bodies
Killing Kittens was founded by Emma Sayle, who attended Downe House School with Kate Middleton, and has around 120,000 members worldwide and runs a strict entry policy, with only single girls or couples allowed membership.
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Here, Femail chats to three women who took part in the shoot and are regular attendees of Killing Kitten events and finds out what really attracts them to the parties.
‘I met my life partner through Killing Kittens’: Mother-of-two, Elle, 30, is a mental health worker from the South West
‘To witness people, particularly women, unashamedly being themselves in every way possible was a thrill and I loved it’ Elle says her first experience at one of the sex parties was an eye-opener
The mental health worker says she was surprised to meet who she now considers her life partner at an event
MY FIRST PARTY: ‘My first party was a London Hedonism event that I attended with my now boyfriend who I had met through KK just a couple of months before.
In the run up, I felt a mixture of nervous anticipation and excitement, having never done anything remotely like this before.
I carefully planned my trip, making sure I had plenty of time to pamper myself and feel as prepared as I could be!
I wanted to go in without any expectations, but just to enjoy myself, have a totally new experience. Perhaps meet like-minded people and see how the night would evolve.
The ethos of Killing Kittens being an organisation run by women for women just made the whole idea of going to an ‘adult party’ not only safe but liberating. I knew no matter what happened I was in control and in a safe environment to explore in any way that I chose to.
Walking into that first party was a thrilling experience. A room full of masked strangers with an air of anticipation. It was clear everyone had made an effort and straight away people were mingling.
After a while people started to get changed, or undress and explore the various areas for play. To witness people, particularly women unashamedly being themselves in every way possible was a thrill and I loved it.’
The mental health worker says that she doesn’t label her sexuality and enjoys experiences ‘with other men, women and couples alongside my boyfriend’
MY SEXUALITY: ‘What I have loved about my journey into this new world is that I can now own my sexuality without having to label it. I’m not entirely sure when asked to define it what to say!
I know that I enjoy experiences with other men, women and couples alongside my boyfriend and that I have been to all female parties and thoroughly enjoyed exploring my sexuality in that environment too.
I feel that sexuality should be lifelong exploration, that perhaps its more fluid than stagnant.
I’m lucky enough to have close friends who love and respect me and have been curious and respectful when discussing my KK adventures.
I can’t say that I’ve personally come across any criticism but I understand that this life isn’t for everyone.
As with all taboo subjects I feel it must only be approached with an open mind and any ignorance to the true values of Killing Kittens really has little impact on the wonderful people who are lucky enough to be a part of it.’
Elle says that sexuality should be a life-long exploration and that he parties provide asafe, respectful’ environment for her to do that. Right: The mother-of-two says meeting her partner at a Killing Kittens event has brought her untold happiness
WHY SEX PARTIES CAN BE EMPOWERING: It’s all about female sexual empowerment. It has created an environment both at parties and online that allows women to feel safe and supported, free of judgement and celebrated for our differences.
I feel in a patriarchal society of ‘s***-shaming’ and the social expectations placed on women Killing Kittens is a forward thinking movement, placing power back into the hands of women to create our own fulfilling lives and relationships with the support of one another.’
FALLING IN LOVE: ‘This question is an absolute pleasure to answer. I have met who I consider to be my life long partner through Killing Kittens.
When you strip away the formalities of the usual dating scene and the image we all try to create of ourselves you are left with only your true self.
This is what Killing Kittens has allowed me to be, and in doing so I have met someone who truly makes me happy.
The past 18 months with my boyfriend have been the most amazing exploration of life, both sexually and otherwise with a person who I can be 100 per cent honest with.
After years of attempting to live a life I thought was fulfilling, I am out of the other side and couldn’t be happier. Killing Kittens has played a huge part in me taking control of my life, and I can’t thank them enough.’
‘It’s like being at a normal party but with more respect in the air!’ says Katie, 33, a wellness coach from Chelsea
Katie, 33, is a wellness coach who lives in Chelsea. She says onlookers often get very wrapped up in the ‘sex’ and struggle to notice the key message and what the brand/parties are about
Meeting someone special at a party could easily happen says Katie because the vibe is ‘safe, open and even nurturing’
The 33-year-old says she was shocked by how ordinary her first party was – and says the level of respect is better at a sex party than it might be in a nightclub
MY FIRST PARTY: Honestly, it is like being at a normal party but with more respect in the air! Rooms full of intelligent, open, like-minded people who all share a very vital mutual understanding and value – respect! It is powerful. I’ve been to parties but haven’t yet ‘got involved’.
MY SEXUALITY: I guess you could say I am pretty ‘boring’ and straight down the line! I am probably the one losing out?
TO CRITICS OF PEOPLE WHO ATTEND SEX PARTIES: ‘Judgment and criticism often (not always!) comes from a place of lack of understanding, that’s okay, but perhaps before one is to criticise they could go and experience for themselves and then form an opinion.
The whole brand is about empowering women, that is it! Onlookers often get very wrapped up in the ‘sex’ and struggle to notice the key message and what the brand/parties are about.
Most of the women I have met through the KK family have a story to tell – a powerful story! When these stories are shared they can help to inspire and perhaps to heal others from their story or journey.
All of this is shared in a safe environment, focused around women, so you tend to find that people are more comfortable being open and letting their vulnerability show than many other settings.’
Renowned photographer Amelia Troubridge shot 11 women, all attendees of Killing Kittens events to highlight how far women have come in being able to publically speak out about their sexuality
HAVE YOU MET ANYONE SPECIAL? Personally, no, but I am sure people have and do. It is a very safe, open and in a way, nurturing environment so it would seem an obvious one to me.
STRIPPING OFF FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT: ‘I wanted to be part of raising awareness and confidence around women, what we stand for and what confidence and sexiness really means.
My day job is spent empowering people (mainly women) to take control, get to know and understand themselves and therefore feel the best possible version of themselves from the inside out – it would be great to lead by example!’
‘We went to a workshop to start with – and I think myself and my husband both thought we’d have to get naked instantly’: Art dealer, Stacey, 39, from West Sussex
MY FIRST EVENT: Gosh, I was nervous not knowing what kind of people would be there. I went with my husband to the Killing Kittens event and if I think about it now, it’s funny to imagine again, I think we were expecting to have to get naked instantly…despite the fact that we weren’t even going to one of the famous parties.
We’d chosen to attend a couples workshop, far more educational. Nonetheless, we just didn’t know what to expect.
MY SEXUALITY: Heterosexual. We’ve have been married 20 years and still very much in love and very sexual.
Art dealer Stacey, 39, from West Sussex, who defines herself as heterosexual, says she attended her first workshop with her husband and the couple have made friends for life from going to events
Freedom: Stacey says she’s been married for 20 years and is very much in love with her husband but that the couple have had fun exploring their sexuality together
TO CRITICS OF PEOPLE WHO ATTEND SEX PARTIES: Don’t judge anything unless you really know it, have all the facts and really seen it and experienced it for yourself. It is definitely not what the tabloid media have tried to make it, Killing Kittens is now a massive community with women very much at its core and you can feel that in all their events on and offline.
WHY IT’S EMPOWERING: It holds the wants and needs of women as the core and focus of everything, it lets us be who we want to be without judgement or control whether that’s sexually, professionally or friendships
For us Killing Kittens is social and educational. Together we’ve made some really great friends, at all the events we’ve been to. These are friends we’ve made for life, definitely.
STRIPPING OFF FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT: I put myself forward for the photo shoot because of the message behind it. It’s all about female empowerment and sexual liberation and who wouldn’t jump at the chance of having a photographer like Amelia take your photo?!
To see all the images from the Amelia Troubridge photo shoot, visit killingkittens.com
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