Regular readers of Washingtonian magazine may recall a story from June 2012 about "Washington's Top Dominatrix." That's the brand name Domina Vontana gave to herself and our interview and research indicated the S&M line of work was, for her, a legit full-time profession in a city where there is an apparent strong (and profitable) demand for bondage. We did the interview over lunch at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons. She noted it was her first time at the hotel as herself, not working. In other words, she did not bring her work bag of ropes, chains, whips, spiked patent heels, etc.
We had a reunion of sorts Monday night at Georgetown University, where again she arrived in non-working mode. V, as she is know publicly, was among the audience members at an event, sponsored by FemFessionals, where I moderated a panel on "Overcoming Obstacles." There was time to talk before the program began and she had a lot to say. The Washingtonian article, she said, changed her life in good and bad ways. Overall, though, "it's made me more mainstream," and she's happy about that.
Vontana said the article cost her some clients but also gained her new clients. She has an impressive New Year's Eve gig scheduled. She still has a boyfriend who does not object to her line of work, she still has a place in West Virginia and a place in DC, and she's added "college student" to her resume. She takes classes at George Washington University. I don't use her real name in print but I know it and I asked whether she uses it at school. "Yes," she said. So, GWU students, you never know who might be sitting next to you in class, and in a debate, watch out, you're likely to get what you have coming.