Rasa von Werder

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Rasa von Werder (born Rosa Sofia Jakstas, better-known as Kellie Everts) is a former stripper, female bodybuilder, and founder of her own church.

Career[edit]

Bodybuilding and stripping[edit]

Everts trained for the 1981 competition but was barred from entering the Caesar's Palace Boardwalk Regency IFBB competition in Atlantic City.[1] She picketed them in a white bikini, speaking for 30 minutes on a radio show.[which?]

On February 2, 2007 the World Bodybuilding Guild (WBBG) awarded her "Progenitor" of Female Bodybuilding and in August 2007 inducted her into their Hall of Fame.[2]

Ministry[edit]

In 1978, Everts came up with the idea a stripper could also be a religious minister. The combination of stripper and evangelical religious conviction led to the creation of what she called "Stripper for God".[3][4][page needed]

Everts traveled in the United States and Canada, giving over 1,000 sermons in burlesque theaters and nightclubs.[5][page needed][6][page needed][7][page needed][8]

She also travelled several times to Canada, and made one trip to the United Kingdom[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] In 1988, she appeared on The Morton Downey, Jr. Show.[citation needed]

Everts later changed the emphasis of her mission to the return of matriarchy and the feminine divine. On June 16, 1978 she preached on the message of the Three Secrets of Fátima in front of the White House, with the aim of bringing about the conversion of Russia.[18][page needed]

On May 24, 2004, Everts, under her present name Rasa von Werder or Guru Rasa of the Church of MotherGod, started the Woman Thou Art God Website.[19] She has since continued publishing online on her religious beliefs, and has written six books on the subject of matriarchy and spirituality.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry Brennan. "Lady body builder fights stripping of credentials". Philadelphia Journal. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  2. ^ http://wbbgintl.com/page6.html[dead link]
  3. ^ "The spirit and the flesh". Salon. 11 December 1999. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Binghamton Press", Binghamton, February 2, 1979.
  5. ^ "Washington Post",June. 16 1978
  6. ^ "SF Chronicle", June 1978 "God told her to strip"
  7. ^ "NY Daily News", Sept. 1973 "Stripper mixes Spiritual Light and Spotlight"
  8. ^ "She says God told her to strip". The Spokesman-Review. 15 June 1978. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Kellie Everts (2009). I Strip for God. Lulu (company). p. 103. ISBN 978-0557072286. "Hot-Gospel Stripper Finds It Cool In Britain": cover image from Titbits magazine, 2–8 January 1975 
  10. ^ SHE Magazine "Bird of Pray"
  11. ^ The Express, Oct. 8 1979 "Ihr grosses Vorbild war Josephine Baker"
  12. ^ "Stern", Nov. 1974 "Personalien"
  13. ^ TV Zeitung Nr.47 "Die Pastorin, die nachts in einer bar heisse Tänze zeigt"
  14. ^ Montreal Star, Nov. 18 1977 "Stripper peals for Church"
  15. ^ "Journal de Montreal", July 13, 1978 "Une Effeuilleuse amasse des Fonds pour batir une Chapelle"
  16. ^ Toronto Sun, April 3, 1979, Jan 17 1985 "The Lord moves in mysterious ways"
  17. ^ Ottawa Citizen,Aug 1 1978 " 'God's strip dancer' to shed on Hill"
  18. ^ Washington Post Style Section "The Spirit moves Her", Jan. 17 1978
  19. ^ "The University Of Mother God Church". Woman Thou Art God. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 

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