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Publisher s Note Welcome to a new decade and here’s wishing everyone a most brilliant year and decade ahead! Starting off our first cover story of the year is a creator that scintillates with her astounding craftsmanship in creating some of the most divine jewelry pieces in Second Life. She is none other than Deliziosa Vendetta of Gems & Kisses whose artistry has been an inspiration. This month’s Fashion Icon is a unique one - Babyhoney Bailey, who has contributed to the fashion industry in a myriad of ways. We bring to you some of the most exciting fashion events that happened in December namely the much anticipated launch of Lelutka ULTRA and AVENUE Models’ Boudoir Secrets Winter 09. We have also lined up a list of young designers that emerged in 2009 whose creations will be exciting to watch out for in 2010. Outside of fashion, the first Artificial Intelligent bunnies, HunnyBunny, have landed in Second Life® and we are proud to bring you this story fresh hot off the press. We hope you enjoy this issue and that it starts off your New Year with new inspirations.

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Editor s Note Happy New Year everyone! What a year 2009 was! For some of us, the year was a roller coaster ride of emotions, things to do, people to meet, and places to see. For others, another year has passed in SL interacting with the 3D world that people would sometimes have a hard time understanding. Believe me, I’ve tried many times to explain SL to people, and even in my third year inworld, still haven’t found a perfect word to describe it. What is Second Life to you? Have you really figured it out? What makes you log in every time? What are the things you want to see in SL this year? Well, hopefully, we can help you with that as we look into the year together, as each issue passes through your hands, we hope you will find more about Second Life as we give you more features to read and visually appealing pages to pique your imagination and discover another facet in this rich and fast evolving virtual world we live in. We sincerely thank you our dear readers, advertisers, and supporters for continuing to ride with us and for being part of our success. The best is yet to come in 2010!

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Cover Story

A Precious Woman DE L I ZIOSA VE N DET TA of Gems & Kisses Interview by Mavi Beck Photography by Natasja Schumann

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had the great pleasure of sitting down with Deliziosa Vendetta, the creator of Gems & Kisses jewels, in her lovely home to have a chat with her. Deliziosa lives in a very original, tiny, burlesque castle, surrounded by warm-colored objects, all of these revealing the character of a woman ruled by many passions. Deliziosa Vendetta is a delicious woman indeed, very bright, intelligent, motivated and full of talents and interests. I was amazed to discover a true artist behind the pixels. Mavi Beck: Thank you for taking the time to sit with me, Deliziosa. Shall we reveal to AVENUE readers the woman who is behind the pixels of Deliziosa Vendetta? I see you have many interests and you speak so many languages! Deliziosa Vendetta: Deliziosa comes to life thanks to my desire for sharing on Second Life® my artistic experience. In real life, since I was a child, I have lived among artists and doctors. I don’t know whether medicine and art can exist harmoniously together,

but I was influenced by both. I used to love drawing, especially with the pencil, but then I moved on to acrylic and oil painting. For instance, at home we have many paintings by my greatgrandfather, who loved metaphysical painting (metaphysical painting is a very important art current in Italy in the early 20th century; the most important representative is Giorgio De Chirico). So at the age of 7 or 8 I was already drawing metaphysical figures. MB: Not many people are aware of metaphysical painting. It is a very peculiar art form. Maybe we are more used to it because we are Italians, but I am sure many readers will want to find out more. Thank you for mentioning it! But please go on. DV: You are very right. Then I started playing piano and I reached a professional level, my mother is a musician, and I left aside for a while my passion for drawing and painting. I came back to my original passion thanks to some friends, who convinced me to participate in some modern art projects. My attention was drawn especially to the use of different materials, which are uncommon in traditional art, such as metallic wires, PVC, and some projects that included both visual arts and music.

MB: The metallic wire is a constant, as you use them also for your jewels in SL™!

DV: Yes, exactly. On SL I would

others say that a Jew is one who observes the Shabbat.

MB: This sim and this house are lovely, so tiny but full of warmth. Do you live here alone?

love to create also clothes made entirely of jewels, whose parts, touching each other, would produce a metallic sound. But it is not easy; I don’t think it is actually possible at the moment.

Vaher (designer of Violator) and Franco, the manager of Gems & Kisses; we’re really crazy and have lots of fun together.

MB: That would be a great idea,

MB: Gems & Kisses is a brand that

but probably we’ll have to wait a while longer.

DV: Yes, I think heavy scripting work would be required, especially to generate audio files. It would be quite a laggy dress and also would require a long time to create it. In real life similar clothes have been designed by Paco Rabanne; they are jewellery clothes which make a noise when worn. They make a sound along the woman’s silhouette; they are repetitive like Ravel’s Bolero, but you never grow tired of such sound.

MB: Tell me about how many languages do you speak?

DV: English is the language I speak the least. I speak Hebrew because I am Jewish; German and French are due to my studies. Not everybody has the same idea on the definition of being Jewish…many would say that a Jew is one who is born from a Jewish mother, but

DV: No, I live here with Soraya

was born recently but became quickly popular in the metaverse. Before designing jewellery, had you tried other forms of expression here on SL?

DV: In the beginning I loved to terraform islands, like the one we’re on now. After the first month on SL, I already had land on an estate, because I really didn’t like mainland. I started out with a little gallery of my digital paintings, but that lasted a very short time. Then I started creating jewels. Unfortunately I lost the first one; it was a white heart with a tiny diamond. I had a small store, I think it was called Delicious or Dely, that only had this jewel in it. I have also played piano live here in SL, but only for my friends.

MB: When you talk about Gems & Kisses, you often talk in the plural. I know you have a closeknit team who helps you. Who is in your team?

DV: I am the only designer of Gems & Kisses, but I have a right hand who is very stubborn, Franco Bloch. He is a person who I hold dear in both lives. He manages our models team and the Miss Gems & Kisses competition, and he finds new ideas to motivate our models. At the moment we have approximately 27 members in our staff; 20 of them are models. 3 are new models, 1 is a VIP model, and we have a girl who assists us and is very good at translation. We are also very proud of our models… Lorelei Maggs, Keira Soulstar, Wicca Merlin, Blackliquid Tokjoska are just a few of them. Some of them have been with us since the beginning of Gems & Kisses, others were added after; at the moment we have many requests from young models who want to work for us to gain more experience. We have organized a few fashion shows using only our models, but we have to learn a lot still. Some of them are very motivated and think about becoming tomorrow’s new top models. But you know more than me about how difficult it is and how many sacrifices are required to be a top model in SL.

MB: I do know; it took me two years! It was very hard and you need to be very humble.

DV: That is true, as a store we must present our product in the best possible way, therefore we need models who can understand the designers’ needs. That’s what we’re working on, aware that many things can be improved still. We consider the models our performers, just like a pianist who has to execute a piece of music, our models cannot forget the base techniques. Glenn Gould, who was one of the world’s finest pianists, has performed several interpretations of Bach’s Goldberg variations. I like to be like a pianist; I like to interpret my jewellery. Second Life has a great advantage on the real world; you can change the design of a jewel as many times as you like. This is what happened with my Satin line. I elaborated it again and I turned it into Haute Satin, now probably one of Gems & Kisses’ best sellers together with the Mimmi Set. Gems & Kisses can be called an interpretation, as for us dynamism and creativity are the most important things on every level. For instance, we removed all models’ pose stands because we found them sad and too static. For Halloween our models were performing ballet dances or were posing on spider webs; everything is creativity for us. Personal ini-

tiative is highly appreciated as it gives more warmth when welcoming the visitors to our jewellery box (Gems & Kisses’ store is shaped as a jewellery box). Some of our models are really good and creative. In any case, all the modelling sector of Gems & Kisses will be boosted and improved during 2010. Unfortunately, I don’t know many photographers in SL. I am starting to get to know them now; Ludwig Prinz is a dear friend of mine. My favourite sim is Chou Chou, the one with a piano and minimal installations on a white beach. There used to be a sim called Le Reve; it was all purple with artistic sculpture and carvings on the columns. I really loved its underwater area. There was an oyster with a pearl inside; it was simple and precious. Overall I prefer a sim which can represent the creativity of an artist. That is what I hope to create for Gems & Kisses as well.

MB: I can really tell that you live immersed in art, and it is the thing that you are most passionate about. It makes you one very special individual. SL sometimes is a bit superficial; it is so refreshing to meet someone as deep as you are. And the passion you put into Gems & Kisses is tangible.

DV: I cannot call myself a business woman. I never looked at how many Lindens™ I have earned or spent in a day. I want to improve everything little by little. I wish to be able to integrate the store in an island of my own or shared with some other creative designer. I had thought about moving to a homestead, but there is a limit on the avatars allowed, so it’s not the best in case we’d like to organize events.

MB: Other than getting your own sim, what are your future plans for Gems & Kisses?

DV: The main thing will be to improve the modelling sector by motivating them to become dynamic interpreters of my project. Then I’d like to create an area of Gems & Kisses for exclusive artworks, in a limited edition, for the most demanding customers; the goal is to create the best exclusive jewels. I won’t make a Gems & Kisses because as you may have noticed I loved the concept of evolution…my products get better with time. A designer would use the term “restyling”, but I prefer talking about evolution, or progressive creativity.

MB: Thank you, Deliziosa, it has been a real pleasure talking to you! A

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itting inside of the huge store waiting for everything and everyone to rezz, I scan the room searching for that name: Babyhoney Bailey. Finally spotting it, I walk closer, fully expecting to find a model in some kind of adorable pink number greeting me with a smile. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As she assertively struts over in her black top hat, all black shirt and pants, with matching black gloves, I look up and I’m greeted with heavy black eyeliner and incredibly dark, full lips. Not what you’d expect from someone named “Babyhoney”. Yet, as I soon found out from our conversation, this was just the first of many shockers. Sensuous Soulstar: Thanks so much for taking time out to sit with me today. Now, let’s get started. First, clear up a little confusion for some of us, what is the name of the store? There are about 3 or 4 different names around here, what’s going on? Babyhoney Bailey: Okay, it's not as complicated as it seems, I promise. Djinn & Tonic is my store. Fear & Clothing belongs to Damon Dollinger. We own this sim together and rather than having two separate stores, it made sense to put it into one house, under one roof. .44 Caliber is a collection of what we do, I suppose.

SS: Alright, now my brain can breathe! So you own the sim with Damon Dollinger; did you all build it together? BB: Damon Dollinger owns Fear & Clothing. Johnnny Blackheart designs for Fear & Clothing, and builds with me under Blackheart & Bailey. We, Johnnny Blackheart and I, built Prosperine this time. We built Glance. Recently we finished Crush Row, which I built solo the first time; it was nice doing it together this time. SS: You’re just full of talent! Let’s talk about your fashion talents for a moment. How did you get your start in fashion? Did you feel something was missing? BB: Oh god no, I was bored. I started doing jewelry because I didn't understand the mesh for clothes. Then I couldn't find things I wanted to wear, so I started with templates and figured out how to line everything up. SS: Was Djinn & Tonic your first attempt at designing? And what was that feedback like when you first started designing? BB: I've gone through a few different rebrandings. I am fickle and creative, and it's not a good combination. I mistook the need to let the brand grow to an audience of ten let alone one hundred or however many. So it was mostly

A model in pink greeting me with a smile I couldn’t h a v e been more wrong

friends coming in. And after that it was mostly me giving things away.

either, but I don't let what other people think dictate what I do.

SS: Djinn & Tonic has an interesting feel to it, like it’s a mix of different influences. Where do you find the inspiration for your designs?

I've got the best friends in the world, this one or otherwise, and if they had something negative to say – then I might be heartbroken. But what I've seen from what people deem the fashion community lately is that people are so caught up in impressing each other, or stabbing each other in the back, that the point can get lost in translation more often than not.

BB: God, that's a tough question. I think it's obvious I'm Gaga inspired, I am completely and 100% in love with her, but I think it's just a love of color. And I won't make anything I wouldn't want to wear in Real Life. I think if anyone tells you they feel completely original in what they do here it's kind of a fib.

SS: You’ve recently added a new skin line here at .44 Caliber: MUA. Whose line is it and what’s the story behind it? BB: It's mine. A male skin line is coming soon by Johnnny Blackheart, who also designs under .44. I'm a freelance makeup artist in real life. I wanted to see if I could do it in SL™, basically.

SS: Being that you’re finally comfortable with the Djinn & Tonic brand, are you now striving to make an impact on the fashion community, or do you even care what they think?

SS: So which was harder to learn and perfect: the clothes or skins?

Djinn & Tonic is the first time I've felt at home in a brand. I'm comfortable with it, enough to let it ride out the mood swings with me, anyway.

BB: Basically, there was a time when I was very caught up in it. To say I'm not now isn't the truth

BB: Skins. It was mostly my execution. I am completely unorganized. It's horrible…terrible…bad. I really overloaded myself. This skin line has 20 skins per makeup. So when you buy one, you get 20.

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But with a name like Babyhoney what does a person expect re a l ly?

SS: 20 skins per makeup! Why so many? BB: Mhm. You get freckled, non freckled, and 5 different lip options per skin. In real life, I'll wear the same eye all day. A good eye can carry you through, but you have to change out your lip. SS: Spoken by a true makeup artist! BB: Ha! Or an obsessive compulsive one. SS: So I’m curious, how did you get to Second Life®, and what were those first moments like for you? BB: A friend at the time owned a strip club, pulled me from another game and signed me up. But with a name like Babyhoney, what does a person expect really? Those first moments? F***ing hilarious. At the time though it wasn't, it was pretty cool to see what SL was all about. It was definitely sillier. And SL seemed so big; it doesn't very much anymore. SS: Lol, definitely a great answer. Now let’s go back to your building. I know you’re now involved with GIA. How did that come to be? BB: Well, ever since I had anything to do with my own land I've been building. Patty [Cortes of GIA] came to me as a result of

seeing one of the runways I built for another agency. She offered me a salary and asked that I create a new runway once a week for GIA. It's been fun and a good size space to work out some creative energy. She's great to work for because she lets me have creative freedom. Tells me who's there, or what the feel should be, or who's DJing and I go from there. It started when they had their 24 shows in 24 hours event. I had to build 5 runways? And that was right when we finished the sim. SS: What should we expect next from you and .44 Caliber? BB: I've got a ten shadow winter/glitter collection coming in the next few days, but then we're rebuilding and Johnnny's got his male skins coming. So those I think will be the next big release, and I'm super excited to see them. SS: Finally, is there any advice that you would give to up-and-coming/ aspiring/struggling designers trying to make a footprint in the SL fashion community? BB: Oh, I don't know if I'm qualified to give that advice, but if someone asked – I'd say finding your niche is it. Don't try to do what everyone else is doing. Don't be afraid to be different. A

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When it comes to clothes and styling, I suppose you could say that black is my trademark. If I am not on the catwalk or doing a fashion shoot, you can spot me wearing lots of black. I also am the one for simple, linear designs. I love sharp, unconventional cuts, which I try to combine with more soft and girly details, like bows, feathers or sequins. So, who says black is boring? The trick is to mix different styles together, or to pull that one black dress that has that little extra that makes it different from all the others. Black is THE color, the one that helps us hide a multitude of imperfections in real life; but also in Second LifeÂŽ, where plastic surgery is not a big problem, it will give you a sleeker and more elongated appearance. You can wear the same black outďŹ t day or night just by accessorizing differently, black is so versatile. My love for this color is endless. So here are my styles...one is casual, with white accents, perfect for the winter; the second is more daring, just right for a night at the disco or for the opening of a modern art gallery; the third is simply classic and timeless, but with a twist of color.

Look 1: Hair: Fri.day - Neva Cynical Black Skin: [LeLutka] - Estelle Light makeup 10 Top: [LeLutka] - Shiri black Skirt: [LeLutka] - Feather dress black Belt: *Fishy Strawberry* - Geisha leather belt black Gloves: [LeLutka] - Jills fighting gloves in charcoal Stockings: 5th & Oxford (part of Lil Miss outfit) Shoes: *Coco* - Zipper bootie black Necklace: LaGyo - Captured silver Earrings: LaGyo - Chained silver Lashes: Miamai - No alpha lashes N°5

Look 2: Hair: booN - LOK255 hair black Skin: [LeLutka] - Estelle pale makeup 6 Jacket: +grasp+ - Fur trim hooded jacket black Shirt: Zaara - Isis Shirt *white* Skirt: [LeLutka] - Lilly Skirt Black Leggings: Zaara - Nishar leggings *black art print Gloves: Cachet [LeLutka] - Gloves WHITE (from Spider outfit) Necklace: Zaara - Vanisri wrapped necklace *onyx* Earrings: Zaara - Anaya cluster earrings *onyx* Bag: * =DeLa*= - Clutch “Chanel” Cream Belt: Kunstkammer - Cosmic Belt Shoes: Maitreya - Neyya * Toe-cap White Head Corsage: *Coco&Co* - Broche camelia blanc

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Stiletto Moody complete with wings by Material Squirrel. This is the third Boudoir Secrets show that AVENUE has put together, the first being in the winter of 2008. The fall and winter seasons are the perfect time to debut hot designs as the weather gets colder. Today, it was a battle of naughty versus nice. When people first think of lingerie, some may blush but still watch, some may become excited and eagerly watch, and others may be embarrassed and not want to look at all. AVENUE provided guests today with designs that appeal to all levels of interest. Looks scoped from pure white and innocent to colors of black and dark purples, siding a line of erotica. The models today showed guests that lingerie can be for everyone.

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surely dazzled the eyes of onlookers. The angels titillated the senses in lingerie by Paeoti Pomeray, owner of Nymphetamine. With Moulin Rouge styles and rich colors to match, these angels offered a little bit of naughty and nice to compliment both sides. The angels towards the end of the Nymphetamine segment represented the two extremes in outďŹ ts aptly named D i m e n t i a HotBitch,

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few times in life, you come across something that stops you in your tracks and makes you sit up First to come was the collection “Silhouettes” by and take notice. While LeLutka already had our Designer Anya Ohmai of !!OHhmai, a fresh display of attention, Ultra truly made us fall in love. elegant shapes in rich blacks, lace, fearless shoulders and waist cinchers. I was immediately drawn to the Combining a stellar show with designer Anya Ohmai, legs, as the stockings are done in a gradient, the dark LeLutka debuted a new line of elegant constructions ascending to light, bringing the eye right back to the of avant garde fashion with youthful verve. outfit itself. Casting a beautiful silhouette upon the audience and my favorite hands down was the pant The set design was nothing short of brilliant, lending suit, with its short bolero style jacket, collar and the whole atmosphere a mystical air. Tall columns of wide leg pants. stone, compelling in their authority, and the runway had a foreboding air of mystery complete with fog The sculpted flower bottom strapless dress with and motion sensor spotlights in blue. It reminded me matching collar had a flouncy, full look and gave a bit of a Vincent Minnelli film. me the first glimpse of a possible spring. Here’s hoping. Doubled with sheer black stockings, the Having been given a monk outfit to wear to the cream-colored showstopper was definitely a crowd show, the lag was nonexistent for me. Surrounded favorite.

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Next LeLutka Ultra took the stage. Macabre would be a good word for the mood, set with giant horns, Trojan style helmets and cutting shoulders. However, the designs held an elegance and romanticism that held you captive. The tight waist cinchers in silver, red and black were evident in just about all of the outfits, and gave a wonderful feminine feel coupled with a strength when partnered with fierce shoulders and spikes galore. I must admit to feeling a perverse thrill at the nod to a gas mask added to a stunning ensemble in black with full tiered skirts and buttoned waist cincher. The jacket left the chest mainly exposed. I started to feel as if I were watching a lady from Victorian times who’d maybe had too much opium.

The skins and hair were clean and subtle. I particularly loved the sleek, pulled back hair, a combination of prim and skin base. And the chunky, taupe-colored shoes were to die for. Everything shown was splendid. Mix and match possibilities unending were made even more so with the combined efforts of Anya Ohmai’s collection. At the time of this writing, the outfits were not yet in-store. You can set up camp with the rest of us and wait if it’s still not. Just tell yourself it’s a late and very well deserved Christmas present. A

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With the wealth of designers and agencies in Second Life®, fashion shows are now a common occurrence. Just like in real life, shows are performed for a variety of reasons including such things as introducing new design lines or opening new fashion centers. The clothing displayed on the runway may be anything from the next season’s casual dress to the latest just-for-show haute couture. Designers in Second Life cover all the styles to be found in real life, but also have the opportunity to go beyond the possible. On November 29th, at 3 p.m. SLT, AVENUE Models presented the creations of Aeris Shenlin of Smooth Designs. Known for her elaborate costumes, Aeris demonstrated the extent to which Second Life designers can go to realize their visions. The show began with the models in full avatar creations, complete with flexible prim attachments splayed about with scrolling textures covering the bodies. The first three models in Rainbow, Plasma and Fire avatars walked the intricate choreography on the runway together before yielding it to a pair of models in alien avatars. The show then turned toward the presentation of Smooth Designs costume wear as an Aztec King and Queen took center stage. As the show continued through various eras and realms, both real and imagined, the exuberant crowd was treated to sights such as four colorful birds of paradise parading in unison to fantastical Snow Queens and Dark Empresses. The wide variety of designs took the audience on an amazing journey of possibilities. Each and every outfit was an example of the level of detail and effort that Aeris puts into her creations. Many more fashion shows will come and go in Second Life with many designers showing new and exciting fashion styles of every kind imaginable, but this show demonstrated a fun and different side of Second Life fashion. With the nature of a virtual world being what it is, there are many more opportunities to wear costumes such as these. And when in need of something unique and elaborate, Smooth Designs is certainly a place to look for that special outfit.

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ver the past two months, we have introduced you to the first six beautiful contestants competing for the coveted title of My Precious Queen. Agnes Finney, the creative force behind the My Precious brand, developed this contest, which received a staggering number of entries. Certainly, the popularity of this event is related to the fact that Here’s your opportunity to learn more about the third her gowns are exquisite and have a way of making group of beauties seeking the title of My Precious Queen. any woman who wears them feel like royalty.

Anja Gustafson Royal Princess - April 2009 Anja enjoys shopping, dancing, and meeting new people in SL™. She describes herself as being a sensitive and romantic lady who loves wearing beautiful gowns, dresses and jewelry because they make her look and feel beautiful. Favorite My Precious Design: “It is hard to decide. But I think I like the “Vera Gown” most. I have this gown in pink and it’s so gorgeous.” Thoughts about the My Precious Queen Crown: “I want it sooooooooooooooooo much. I feel like a Princess with all these stunning gowns from My Precious, and I want to represent the brand.” Style tip: “Just be yourself. Style yourself in a way that makes you feel good.”

Jenie Jennings Royal Princess - November 2009 Jenie is a thoughtful and witty lady who is still enjoying every minute in SL after 3 years on the grid. She adores it because SL gives her an opportunity to meet fascinating and wonderful people from all over the world and to do what she loves most, model. She is also an avid shopper and a budding fashion photographer. Favorite My Precious Design: “If I have to pick one, I have to say the gown that won me the title of Royal Princess “Agnes Chantal 2 Black”. The gown is sexy yet elegant. I especially love its light and flowing, long chiffon train. This dress, like all the other My Precious gowns, will make any woman feel like a princess.” Thoughts about the My Precious Queen Crown: “All of the ladies who were chosen for Royal Princess title this year are very beautiful and unique in their own way. They all deserve to become the Queen of My Precious. However, if I am chosen, I believe it would be an exceptional experience, and I will do my best to fulfill my duties as My Precious Queen.” Style tip: “Strive to be beautiful inside and out. Even though you may have the most beautiful avatar in Second Life®, if you don’t have a beautiful and kind heart, beauty will not come through your looks.”

Julia Brand Royal Princess - December 2009 Julia adores the limitless possibilities that life in SL offers its residents and subscribes to the philosophy that you can achieve anything you want in this world if you set your mind to it. She enjoys photography and interior decorating; however, she is most passionate about her modeling career. Specifically, she aspires to mirror the success of RL model Kate Moss by becoming a supermodel in this great virtual world in spite of her modest SL height of 5 feet 11 inches. Favorite My Precious Design: “My favorite gown is the Caressa II because it has a mixture of everything, in my opinion. It is elegant, sensual and absolutely fantastic. The flow in the skirt is really amazing. I just love the texture as well as the design of this gown.” Thoughts about the My Precious Queen Crown: “I would be so thrilled and honored to be chosen as My Precious Queen. The challenge will be outstanding.” Style tip: “Take your time and trust your eyes when styling your avatar. The beauty of a look is in the details.” A

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Ozzie Drucker, the sim owner and the owner of The Farm, feels excited about the new animals: “I think these AI pets are part of the future of SL. She has created a low prim AI product that has minimal effect on physics and that’s why we have sponsored HunnyBunny”. The creation process was inspired on the existing chickens and turtles around the grid and it took almost 6 months to make it. “The reason why it took this long to come out was because SL changed some things in their LSL coding, and we wanted to make sure everything worked with the new standards”, explains Hunny.

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live painted by Filthy Fluno, a painter from Lowell, MA, who loves to capture live virtual events in his paintings. The BunnyPainty Mixed Reality Painting is an oil painting on a 2x2 ft canvas and became his very first 2010 live art. “I did it because I’m a huge fan of AVENUE and their crew and AVENUE events always bring cool people, music, and talent to their parties”, explains Filthy. The HunnyBunny eggs are now available in store with the possibility to choose the bunny’s colour and there are also different packs that include food (carrots), toys, and egg transporters. But maybe more upcoming objects are being thought because these virtual rabbits landed on the grid and now they promise to stay for a very long time.

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Several SL musicians got together in Montreal, headed up by Montian Gilruth, and had a jam with 12 hours of live music! I am hoping to attend a few of the upcoming musician jams: Connecticut May 14-16 (organized by gwampa Lomu), ADMIRE in The Netherlands in July, and Montreal again (TBA). Above and beyond that, the prospect of simulcasting interests me a great deal, and I am currently looking for possibilities that will work well. Stay tuned! What would you tell a performer who is new to SL and wishes to make an impact in the music scene in-world? Get the best equipment you can afford: a good mic, a mixer with a USB, etc...it isn't terribly expensive...so that you sound good. Go to several live performances to see how others are doing things. This will help you see what might work for you and what venues suit your style of music. Then, ask performers like me to help you get up and running. Learn how to send notices and get some sort of group for an easier way to connect to the people who want to hear you. Do a few open mics, if you don't have any connections yet, to get heard, and it should take off from there. In conclusion, where do you see the music scene in SL in a year

from now, and where do you see yourself in that time? The music scene is growing in SL as the awareness grows. The best thing to do is tell your friends about the musicians you are enjoying in SL and invite them to the shows. That will help the performers and the venues greatly! More and more musicians are double streaming and making the possibilities multiply. I can't even fathom what the scene will be like this time next year. Machinima and video casting will deďŹ nitely make this a more interesting platform. For me, I just ďŹ nished a new CD, "I Believe in the Fire", and hope to be out touring with it a bit this year. It will deepen my SL experience if I can actually meet some of my SL followers in RL. I've met a few, and the experiences have been really special.

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ouse music originated in the early 1980s in Chicago, Illinois and can be described as a soulful form of electronic dance music. It pulls from genres such as disco. When visiting dogglounge in Second Life, it is evident that the owner pulled off this look with a contemporary edge. When visiting the club, it looks as if it belongs in South Beach, California. The waves crash up against the rocks surrounding the club. There is a dance floor right outside the front of the club, one inside, and one on top of the roof of the club. Along the side of the club sits an in-ground pool. When entering the club, there is a small fireplace set up with chairs surrounding it, and a bar is located along the back wall. The club does not have a door but rather an opening that allows the inside and outside spaces to become one. The mood is chill and somber, reflecting the soulful music. The sleek design of the club and the way the outside area mixes nicely with the inside makes this a great place to hang out with friends on a lazy afternoon, sitting around and enjoying great music. In speaking with Sidda Leigh, the owner of dogglounge, I learned that it was created as an exper-

iment in 2004 by Brian “Odogg” Nicholas, who lives in Minnesota. Almost six years later, the club is still a great hit. In February 2009, Brian sold the club to Sidda, but he still stays actively involved in SL™, as he does two live sets a week in-world. Sidda has the same goals that Brian had when he started dogglounge. She wants to “continue the chill atmosphere where people can come and enjoy deep house music in a well-designed space”. hat sets this club apart from others on the grid is that it always has been and always will be about the music. This, along with the club’s patrons, is the driving force that keeps the club going. dogglounge has deejays during the week, and when there is not a live set going, music is always streaming at the club. Sidda realizes that the majority of the deejays who play at the club fall under the genre of “deep and soulful”, but she is always open to mixing things up and having deejays spin from different genres. dogglounge holds events at the club as well; the most recent was a charity event to benefit the American Cancer Society and the fight against brain cancer, but there are also seasonal parties

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Miguelina Cazenove represents the rock scene in Second Life®, but she is so much more. A night out with Miguelina is a night guaranteed of auditory ��������� ���� ������ ������ ����� �������� ���� ������� new ones. However, DJing is not only the feather on this vivacious woman’s cap, for she dabbles in other ������� ��� ������ ����� ���� ���� ��� �������� ���� ����� pages and get to know SL’s Rock Princess. ���������������������������������������������������� you logged in and decided to stay? MC: I actually came across SL while watching an episode of CSI: New York, one of my favorite shows. The episode was about Second Life, and that piqued my curiosity. I Googled it, and now here I am! LOL ���������������������������������������������������� helped me understand this world in pretty much just a few days. I loved the way people interacted here, and within two months I owned land, met loads of friends and even opened a club! (LOL... Doesn’t everyone do ���������������������������������������� IF: How did you start as a DJ? Who taught you and gave you the skills to start? ��������������������������������������������������� had a dream of creating an SL radio station. We worked on developing it, and before long we were doing live DJ shows on the radio. He thought I had a good personality and voice for it, and with that encouragement I started DJing in SL. IF: What is your style and preference of music to play?

������������������������������������������������������������������������ spinning rock tunes, and rock is truly where my heart is. After joining the Studio Red Events family, I branched out into playing house and such. But I actually like to play all types of music; top 40, dance, hip hop, house, pop and of course rock! I guess the only music I really don’t play is country. *giggles* IF: What else to do you besides DJing? Any other skills struggling to get out in the open? MC: Oh yes, I like to venture into a lot of things. Recently I have been doing a bit of building and honing those skills. I also love photography and have my own studio, “Ame Capturee Studios”, and I am a model for Blacklace. Marketing & development is another interest of mine. My brother-in-law, Boe Cortes, and I have worked together on various ad developments, such as the idea for a radio ad from which the idea for a menu driven radio was born. I went to Boe with a vision, and we were able to create an awesome ad, and in turn a great product came out of it! So I would like to further develop those skills as well. *smiles* IF: What makes you enjoy what you do? MC: The people for sure! I love being silly on the mic and making people laugh, enjoying the time we are spending together. It’s so rewarding to see people having fun, as in when they shout “This Tune” or sing along, it’s great! That is like anything I do here, whether it be building or photography, I very much enjoy when a client or a fan is totally diggin’ on anything I create. IF: Apart from being part of Studio Red, where are the other venues ��������������������������� MC: I stay pretty busy with Studio Red Events, so I am usually working special events, fashion shows and such through them. I am also available for private parties, weddings, events, etc. I am not currently regularly DJing at any clubs at the moment, but I’m not closed to the idea. A

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