Let it be known that Poppy is no ordinary circus performer. A master tightrope walker and clown, Poppy sought to destroy the ringmaster that manipulated and abused them and their fellow troupe members for far too long. It is often difficult to see past the calculating and twisted tactics of a predator who disguises themselves as a mentor and confidant. Poppy convinced themselves for the longest time that the ringmaster of their troupe had everyone’s best interests at heart, even as the abuse escalated. When they realized other members were being harassed and ambushed in the same way, Poppy had enough and used the ringmaster’s own whip to wipe out the abuser once and for all. Since then, the troupe has thrived as performers found their voices again and followed their fearless new leader.
Weapons and equipment
About the Model
Rebella Blaze hails from D.C. where she is a founding member and producer of an anti-oppression burlesque troupe- the Manic Pixie Nightmares. Rebella brings an array of compelling characters to life with her dynamic dancing and all she leaves behind is a trail of glitter and singed social norms. She's also a production assistant to the astounding Midori Minx and can be found cavorting with pirates or conspiring against superheroes at Midori Murder Mystery Events. A local educator and activist, they challenge anything and everything regarding the gender binary, racism, rape culture, ableism, fatphobia, classism, and racism. As a survivor of sexual abuse as a minor, Rebella has incorporated consent education and personal autonomy advocacy in their work with youth as well as within the variety show community.
Behind the Scenes...
- The paudrons on Poppy's vest were added by Rebella, and borrowed from a burlesque outfit.
- Water was used to give Poppy's makeup a worn, aged look.
- Poppy's look was inspired by classic circus and clown archetypes.