Puppy Krizly from The Netherlands has become the very first European to win International Mr Bootblack (IMBB). Jack Thompson became the first trans person of color to win the 2019 International Mr Leather (IML) title.

First European Bootblack winner

The International Mister Bootblack contest is traditionally held as part of the annual IML-event over Memorial Day Weekend. The contest, which has its roots dating back to 1993, has seen some changes over the years, such as a separate bootblack contest for men and women and age restrictions. 

It is the first time in the history of the contest that a member of the European fetish community has won. 

International Mr Leather

Meanwhile, out of 68 contestants, Jack Thompson, Leatherman of Colour 2019 from Baltimore, Maryland, won the International Mr Leather contest on Sunday 26 May. Thompson is the first trans person of colour to win the title. Fion Scott, Mr Leather Ireland 2019, was the European who performed best in this year’s contest by becoming 2nd runner-up. 

Contrary to the IMBB contest, the IML contest was won by a candidate from Europe five times since the start of the contest in 1979:

  • Thomas Karash, Mr Leather Europe, from Hamburg, Germany in 1987
  • Henri ten Have, Mr MS Amsterdam, from Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1993
  • Stefan Müller, Bavarian Mr Leather, from Munich, Germany in 2001
  • John Pendal, Mr Hoist UK, from London, United Kingdom in 2003
  • Eric Guttierez, Mr Leather Europe, from Paris, France in 2011

Women

While IML and IMBB are events for men, women into all things kink and fetish have their own contests: International Ms Leather (IMsL) and International Ms Bootblack. No contestants from the European fetish community are known to have ever taken part in these contests so far.

Picture credits: IML 2019

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