I spent some time hanging out with the Suicide Girls in LA this year. The result is a @racked feature I published last week - read the TLDR below, but then read the actual story here: http://bit.ly/1PXOVZ0 (My job is the best, which is another list for another time.)
  1. The site started almost exactly 14 years ago.
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    It's one of the internet's most enduring communities.
  2. It was founded by Selena Mooney, now known as Missy Suicide, as a space for women who didn't fit the early aughts' Kate Moss or Pamela Anderson standards of beauty.
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    Betty Page was the initial inspiration.
  3. The site has more female members than male ones.
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    And way more female employees!
  4. If you get the SG logo tattooed on your body, you get free membership for life.
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    Missy estimates there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people with the logo inked on them.
  5. About 30,000 girls apply to be Suicide Girls every year.
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    Only 2,798 have "gone pink" (what the site calls becoming an official model) since 2001.
  6. There are Suicide Girls on every continent.
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    Yes, even Antarctica.
  7. A huge part of the business now is live performances, almost all of which sell out.
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    The burlesque tour's choreographer has also worked with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.