In a recent Q&A, Rebecca Allsop said the following in relation to her discovery of latex:
It is an incredibly moreish material. Whether you’re making or buying, you always have the next outfit you want lined up almost before you’ve bought/made the first piece.
This nicely encapsulated a post we made in September, titled They Always Come Back For More, where we looked at a pattern of performers discovering latex and returning to it again and again: evidence that latex is indeed, as Rebecca says, ‘moreish’. Some of us would go even further and use more emotive words to describe our attraction: latex can be an obsession, it can be an addiction, and it can be a fetish.
Whatever the degree of fascination, we can generalise that latex often makes an indelible impression on those that try it, and some just can’t get enough of it.
And so, without further ado, we present Ukrainian pop idol Tina Karol:
We can trace Tina’s public love affair for latex back to the release in May last year of her music video ‘Ya Ne Perestanu’, in which she and a coterie of clones wear red latex stockings. She and her backup dancers would go on to wear the same for a number of live performances of the song.
All was quiet for some time until the 11th of November when Tina kicked off a veritable latex binge with an appearance on the live comedy sketch show League of Laughter. Tina was wearing a red Linde Pencil Dress by Atsuko Kudo, and it was to be the start of an all-out media blitz of latex, Tina’s every appearance being a showcase of her favourite latex designer.
On the 15th of November, it was in attendance to the Viva! Ball 2017, this time in a black Eden Corset Dress, where she was interviewed for the show Svitske Zhittya, or “Society Life”. Of course, her outfit one of the main topics for discussion:
Katya: In case our viewers didn’t notice, this is a rubber dress on you. Rubber woman – beautiful!
Tina: This is latex couture. I bought this dress in a special store of a Japanese designer. It’s actually unbelievably technologically complex. It’s really couture.
Katya: This dress is stitched, more precisely, is glued especially to your size?
Tina: Yes. But I don’t betray my style: it’s still my length, it’s still retro, and it’s still Tina Karol.
On the 9th of December, it was off to the M1 Music Awards. For this event, Tina even wore the red Linde dress for official promotional material and graphics. However, in attendance for the live event itself, Tina wore a new dress – the Paris Cup Pencil Dress in custom green – which she showed off when collecting her two awards for the night: best artist and best music video. That’s not all: for a live performance at the same event, Tina and her backup dancers were wearing transparent lilac latex leggings. This is true latex mania!
In late December, another interview was aired on Society Life, Tina wearing the Paris Cup Pencil Dress but in the more familiar light brown colour. What’s more, Tina has also worn this dress to perform live, as can be seen in the video below. The interviewer comments on Tina’s beautiful appearance but there was no reference specifically to latex this time. We guess by now the presenter had become used to Gumova Zhinka – the Rubber Woman.
Finally, to cap the year off, Tina appeared on the channel Ukraina for a new year celebration, wearing a long white ball gown with transparent panels. You might call this outfit a somewhat patriotic choice for Tina, because for the first time this latex dress was not an Atsuko Kudo design, but instead a custom commission from Ukraine’s very own Bright&Shiny latex. It’s also something of an evolution, in the sense of expanding out from the comfort zone of one’s trusted designer and off the shelf designs to wearing a whole new creation, custom made by a new designer.
As for what 2018 might bring and whether Tina Karol will continue flaunting her latex love, we’ll be on the lookout. We do know that there were several promotions and TV shows already filmed in 2017 with Tina wearing latex that have yet to air: at the top of this post you can see at least one of them, Tina wearing the light brown paris pencil dress during filming for The Voice of Ukraine (Golos Krainu). Follow us on twitter for smaller updates, and if the content is really special we’ll follow up with another dedicated post.