“My favorite part is the surrender — not having to check my phone or worry about what’s going on because I am, quite literally, here to serve.”
Heather Hauswirth reports: Lying on a dining table and wearing nothing but a flesh-colored thong, Miranda Robero can’t help worrying whether one of the crudités perched on her thigh might inelegantly roll off.
But the 24-year-old brunette from Bushwick keeps professional in her role as a living food platter — a job she describes as “performance art.”
Robero, who also works as a fire juggler and gentlemen’s club dancer, is one of eight so-called “human trays” at Brooklyn’s latest hipster fad, Lust, an “immersive erotically charged dinner party” with tickets costing between $90 and $140 a pop.
“I definitely feel empowered,” Robero told The Post during a recent Friday night event, where more than 200 hungry souls feasted on finger food from her near-naked body. “I feel like a goddess.”
“I want to teach people the idea of connecting sensually without engaging in sex. One of my inspirations is the Japanese fetish tradition of nyotaimori, in which you eat sushi off the body.”
— Miranda Robero
She was certainly a crowd-pleaser. Munching on a lettuce leaf, self-described pleasure-seeker Lisa, who withheld her last name for professional reasons, declared: “Eating off another woman is very sexy, very sensual.”
Lust, which began in February 2016, is the brainchild of artist and performer Abby Hertz, 33, who hosted her most recent extravaganza at a converted industrial warehouse on Bushwick’s Troutman Street.
“I want to teach people the idea of connecting sensually without engaging in sex,” she said, adding that no actual sex takes place at Lust. “One of my inspirations is the Japanese fetish tradition of nyotaimori, in which you eat sushi off the body.”
Robero, as with all the human trays, must take a shower within an hour of assuming her place on the table, wearing just a nude thong. A “food artist” then skillfully adorns her with fare — in this case, vegetarian nibbles, including bite-size pastries, asparagus and leafy herbs.
But cleansing isn’t the only prep work that’s required: Next, Robero falls into an almost meditative state as guests pluck food from her body.
“My favorite part is the surrender — not having to check my phone or worry about what’s going on because I am, quite literally, here to serve,” she said.
The crowd at Lust consisted mainly of millennials (many of whom identified themselves as “bi-curious” or “sex positive”) with a sprinkling of Gen Xers. There were burlesque shows… (read more)
via New York Post