I have a friend who is a Cao. She is a beautiful, smart, funny (retired) model who makes me laugh and cry when I read her blog. From her antics with Spanx to the tales of her Jack Russell Terrorist and her Date Night escapades to her touching, insightful posts about life, love and death, her blog is one I never miss.
As I mentioned, she is a retired model, so her unique shape is sacrosanct. She created it to achieve a look that set her apart in the Second Life fashion world. Couture is not my forte, so while I am unschooled in Second Life modeling practices, I have no doubt it is similar to the stories we hear about RL fashionistas: fiercely competitive with some models doing anything to get ahead. From what I have read in Cao’s blog, there are many models who are friends and friendly with one another – even helpful – but there also those who, sadly, try to sabotage others.
During Hair Fair, Cao – who has been personally touched by the loss to cancer of someone she loved – offered up her shape to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to Wigs For Kids. During the auction, someone in the modeling community threatened to steal and sell her shape. This upset her on more than one level – yes, her shape certainly assisted her in her modeling career and to see it hawked on Marketplace for sale to anyone with a few Lindens was distressing, but more so it was the fact that this person would potentially take away bidders for her shape and real dollars for this wonderful charity. So she changed the rules – anyone who bid at least 1000L (her original opening bid) would receive a copy of her shape AND she would contribute an additional 10,000L of her own to this cause. And she ended up contributing 56,502L to Wigs For Kids through this unselfish exercise.
Can you see why I love this little Cao? And why I “bought the Cao”?
Nothing is simply black and white with Cao. She had asked anyone who bought her shape to send her a shot of themselves in her shape, with our interpretation of her style, against a plain, white background and she would then put them together for a blog post. The opening photo is one that I shot for that post. I was going to wait to use the photos myself until after she had completed that blog, but Cao has come up with another wonderful cause and I’m going ahead and publishing this to help publicise it – she is auctioning herself, this time with the highest bidder winning three hours of her time:
To shop, style, dance, chat, photograph, be photographed, I am selling myself to the highest bidder. If you want virtual sex, no, I am not offering that. Ever. Love is too spiritual to me to ever give away or sell. But if you want to help a friend in need, please bid. I ask that the bid start at 3,000 L’s, and I hope some of you will step up for such a worthy cause.
~ Caoimhe Lionheart, “En Vogue”
The proceeds will go to help Squinternet Larnia, creator of Donna Flora, a Second Life designer who is fighting her own battle against cancer. Many of the best creators in Second Life have come together for a sales event with proceeds going toward assisting Squinternet with the alternative therapies her insurance won’t cover. Every designer has at least one item that contributes 100 percent of the sales to help her and any others you see at this event will have some portion assisting this cause. You can visit the event yourself here at the “Love Donna Flora” event. But hurry – there’s only one week left and there are some absolutely gorgeous items to be found there!
I’m not sure exactly how long Cao’s auction will be going on, but please, consider placing a bid for her time. Click on the link in the quote above for the details of how to place your bid. She is truly an angel and I know she will be a gracious and fun companion. Trust me, you will not regret buying the Cao. Update: The final bid is 8000L and Cao will be matching the donation. Thank you to everyone who placed a bid and I hope the winner understands what a precious gift they have given…and how special the prize truly is.
By the way, she really isn’t a cow. Her name is pronounced KEE-va. But we do love our Lil Cao ♥
Pretty stuff I’m wearing:
Shape: Caoimhe Lionheart Wigs For Kids by Caoimhe Lionheart (not for sale)
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE SK PleaseMe Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Makeup:[PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes (tattoo) by Hart Larsson
Hairbase: Amacci Hairbase Tattoo 2 – Swedish Blond by Carina Larsen
Bandana: *TSM* Hairfair 2013 Bandana – Wings of Hope – Flower Mix by Mel Vanbeeck (Hair Fair closed)
Jacket: (Kunglers Couture) Isis – colibri jacket by AvaGardner Kungler (Previously at TDR Fusion)
Leggings: Maitreya Tights * Xanadu by Onyx LeShelle
Choker & Earrings: [MANDALA]Nyorai_Silver by kikunosuke eel
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand Appliers: [ PXL ] Creations [ PXL ] Slink Hands Appliers SK
First photo: GLITTERATI – Hat – 10 by Katey Coppola (No longer available)
Second photo: GLITTERATI – Model pack 28 – GLITTERATI – 276 by Katey Coppola (No longer available)
Third photo: GLITTERATI – Model pack 28 – GLITTERATI – 280 by Katey Coppola (No longer available)