Vanessa Golembewski Photographed by Noah Rabinowitz. She carries a tote full of her demonstration supplies up to a suburban home, where a group of 17 women await her presentation. This kind of entrepreneurship is nothing new — just think of the Tupperware parties of yore. Nearly everyone has a red Solo cup with a mixed drink.
As they settle into the living room, Vidal sets up her four-drawer portable cabinet. One attendee raises her hand and Vidal rewards her with a few raffle tickets for the Dildo Lottery, which will take place at the end of the party. Contrary to its name, the lottery is actually for free money toward your order, not for a dildo itself. Though the winner can use the funds to purchase a dildo, if she feels like it. Vidal begins her demonstration, starting with her simpler items in the top drawer before launching into the more intense toys in the bottom drawers.
The group is giddy, talkative, and excited. Melissa nods and Vidal hands her some Dildo Lottery tickets. The women are thrilled. They take turns holding it up to their ears and running it through their fingers. Vidal encourages everyone to do a group Kegel together. Advertisement Photographed by Noah Rabinowitz. The conversation among the guests strays to jokes about whether Romeo comes in different shades and sizes. With each product, she takes the time to explain not only how it works, but how all couples, regardless of sexuality, can use it.
The room is silent, but not for long, because Vidal needs a volunteer. About a year later, in March , Vidal decided to message Kelly on Facebook and express her interest. They met at Panera and Kelly gave her a pamphlet with all the information about becoming a Goddess. In the three years since, she has continued to invest some of her own money to buy products she can use for demonstrations at her parties. Vidal was a natural from the start.
Vidal was set on getting the title of Top New Goddess. I did raffles, vendor events, special sales, everything. And then, I got to be on the Goddess Advisory Board for the following year.
Every party she booked from September onward has been under the umbrella of her dildosforweddingbells campaign. With her Athena's money, she will pay for the vendors, so it won't be touching their primary incomes at all. She mines her vast network of contacts and uses social media to promote her business. Or my cousin just suggested woodforwood," she laughs. Athena's sales team is devoted. They share video testimonials on YouTube explaining why they became a Goddess — and obviously, potential earnings are a big attraction.
Throughout the year, Goddesses and Adoni will get keys as rewards for hitting certain sales and recruiting goals. One of the keys will open the padlocked chest that holds the giant check.
You leave feeling really positive. How can I help my partner be more prepared for parties? He benefits from it, for sure. This is my own business. And I make sure my clients are happy and satisfied to the best of my ability. First, she encourages everyone to add her number into their phone.
Save me as Katrina. Save me as the little eggplant emoji. Photographed by Noah Rabinowitz. There are moments when Vidal pulls from her social worker skill set for her Goddess job. I have a mortgage. With my full-time job, when I get married, my partner can have all the same benefits. Sometimes, I just think about it like, God, how cool would it be to just do this? In my dreams of dreams.