THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SUICIDE GIRLS

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.
    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.
    Betty Page was the initial inspiration.
  3. The site has more female members than male ones.
    And way more female employees!
  4. If you get the SG logo tattooed on your body, you get free membership for life.
    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.
    Only 2,798 have "gone pink" (what the site calls becoming an official model) since 2001.
  6. There are Suicide Girls on every continent.
    Yes, even Antarctica.
  7. A huge part of the business now is live performances, almost all of which sell out.
    The burlesque tour's choreographer has also worked with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.