Summer Self-Care & Wellness Day

For some people, summer is the time for beach vacations, sightseeing, swimming, and BBQs. For others, however, the summer can be a stressful time - kids are home from school and it’s challenging to find events to keep them busy and happy for 3 months. Work can be slow for many industries in the summer months, and the heat itself can be dangerous and stressful for everyone. We rarely make time for self-care in our busy lives, but it's truly essential for having a full and well-rounded life. In the event that you are a primary caregiver (especially to children or elderly adults), if you aren’t taking care of your own needs, you have nothing left to provide to others. It’s essential to...


I Am Someone - International Sex Worker Day

Everyday around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are employed in the sex industry. Many who are in need are often judged based on what they have chosen, or have been forced to do, as their line of work. These women are our coworkers, our friends, our family, and most of all, they are human beings. They are individuals with the right to work, the right to better their lives, the right to health, and the right to safety. They should be able to stand and say, "I AM SOMEONE."  Today, June 2nd is International Sex Worker Day, which began in 1975 in Lyon, France. As an organization that works closely with sex workers on a daily basis, we want to stand in solidarity. These...


Mental Health Awareness Month

450 million people worldwide suffer from mental health conditions* 60 percent of those people go untreated* Let’s just take a minute and soak in those numbers... Four Hundred Fifty Million people...which means that it’s likely that many people close to us suffer with mental health conditions. Sixty Percent...which means that people we love are not getting the care they need to live their best lives. Doesn’t that anger you? May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we at The Cupcake Girls are not only deeply angered by these stats, we are committed to doing something about it. Last year, we had the privilege of giving out $21,600 in mental health services to our clients. We also...


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Below are some staggering statistics that none of us should be comfortable with. Every 107 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.68% of sexual assaults go unreported1 in 6 women is a victim of sexual assault The damage from sexual assault trauma is difficult and we are unwavering in our commitment to providing our clients with the support and resources they need as they work through the healing process. According to recent statistics, victims of sexual assault are: 26x more likely to abuse drugs13x more likely to abuse alcohol6x more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder4x more likely to contemplate suicide3x more...


One Day I Will

Madeleine Albright once said, "It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." Throughout history, women have had to fight to be fully recognized as equal and valuable human beings. Today, on International Women’s Day, we remember and honor that struggle. Although we are available to anyone in the adult industry, the majority of our clients are women, and we work tirelessly every day to help them become empowered...to help them find their voice in a world that often tries to drown them out. The inspiring and dynamic author and poet, Maya Angelou, was a sex worker and madam. Her life experiences shaped her and she openly shared about...


Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is usually recognized as a romantic holiday; it’s a relational holiday, seeming to require validation from another to be complete. But what if Valentine’s Day and Lent this year weren’t just about being loved by another -- what if the greatest gift of all was realizing you loved yourself? Please join us in celebrating a new tradition, Be My Valentine, in which you ask yourself this of yourself and not just another. Start on Valentine’s Day...then keep going! Make time each day to do at least one kind thing for yourself and celebrate it, because you deserve your own love. Here are some no-cost ideas to get you started: Have your coffee “to stay” instead of “to...


AVN: Caring for Entertainers at the "Porn Show"

Every January, AVN hosts the largest adult entertainment expo in the world in Las Vegas, NV, attended this year by more than 500 entertainers, 30,000 fans...and 49 staff and volunteers from The Cupcake Girls. While the entertainers are in town to focus on building their business, we’re there for the opportunity to care for them. Now in our fifth year hosting an entertainers-only relaxation suite, we were thrilled this year to offer more than 350 clients compassionate, agenda-less care. Our spa professionals traveled from all over the country to provide hair and makeup services, and this year we added a fresh smoothie bar, provided thousands of snacks and cups of coffee, and hosted a...


Human Trafficking Exists Everyday

The Cupcake Girls serves individuals across all realms of sex work, and while many adult entertainers choose their profession, we’ve seen an alarming increase over the past few years in the number of our clients who are victims of sex trafficking. Based on self-reporting (i.e. the real numbers are likely even higher), as of the end of 2015, approximately 20% of our clients were actively being sex trafficked, or had been at one time. According to the U.S. Department of State, human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry behind illegal drugs and arms trade, and the figures are alarming: 20-30 million people are currently being trafficked worldwide600,000 to 800,000...


New Year, New Beginnings

With new years, come new beginnings...new hopes for health and happiness, new dreams and goals, and new plans put in place to best ensure success in the year to come. The Cupcake Girls are celebrating the new year with a new beginning of our own; one we are very excited to share with you, and which we’re confident will allow us to give our best to those we care for throughout the year to come. Five years ago, The Cupcake Girls was founded on a core belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and access to resources that will allow them to empower their pursuits, and that we were uniquely positioned to offer this to adult entertainers. This year, we are very excited to roll out a...


In Response to Violence: We Stand With You

With heavy hearts, we are saddened to share that for the past few months we’ve been dealing with an escalating situation involving a former client, which this week resulted in direct and violent threats against The Cupcake Girls’ founder, Joy Hoover and her two year old daughter. At the advice of our attorney, we contacted the police, who saw fit to also involve the FBI. Since our founding, The Cupcake Girls has welcomed opportunities to engage in open dialogue around how to best serve the needs of the adult entertainment community, however intimidation, harassment, and threats will never have any place in a healthy, well-intended, or constructive conversation. We have always backed...