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.

Early life[edit]

Everts was born on July 16, 1945 in Calw, 33 kilometres (21 mi) west of Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Wurttemburg in West Germany. Her family had fled from Lithuania to escape the Communist take-over. In June 1949, she and her family moved to the United States and when she was eight years old they settled on a farm in New Jersey.


Bodybuilding and stripping[edit]

Everts won the title of Miss Nude Universe in July 1967, and Miss Body Beautiful in 1974.[citation needed] She later made nine appearances (with three articles) in Playboy magazine, and became an exotic dancer.[citation needed]

Everts became a vocal advocate of female bodybuilding. She was the subject of a six page article in the July issue of Esquire magazine,[citation needed] and the Playboy May 1977 issue used photos of her bikini falling off while lifting weights.[citation needed] She also posed with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appeared on television to promote female bodybuilding on the Mike Douglas Show and To Tell the Truth in 1975, Real People in 1979, and the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder.[citation needed]

She participated in events sponsored by the IFBB and WBBG in the seventies:[citation needed]

  • Ms Nude Universe 1967, featured in Playboy Feb. 1968
  • Ms Body Beautiful USA 1973 2nd Place, World Body Building Guild, New York
  • Ms Body Beautiful USA 1974 1st Place, World Body Building Guild, New York
  • IFBB Ms. Americana 2nd place & Best Body, 1972, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
  • IFBB Ms. Americana 1973, CA . ‘Most Voluptuous’ Trophy, Contest Promoted by Reg & Shari Lewis.
  • IFBB Ms. Americana 1974, 2nd Place Trophy and Best Body Trophy, Felt Forum, New York

The National Physique Committee (NPC) held the first women's Nationals, and the first Ms. Olympia took place, in 1980. This 1980 Miss Olympia, in which Everts took part as a competitor, was at the same time her last public involvement with bodybuilding competition. The official 1980 Miss Olympia program stated:

She may well be called the "herald" of women's bodybuilding as she exhibited her weightlifting prowess for national magazines and television shows as early as 1975.[citation needed]

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?] Her last move in bodybuilding came in 1981 with the publication by Leitner Enterprises of "The Ultimate Woman", a female bodybuilding book advertised for a week on the Phil Donahue Show,[citation needed] for which she appeared with Lisa Lyon on the Tom Snyder Show that same year.[citation needed] On February 2, 2007 the World Body Building Guild (WBBG) awarded her "Progenitor" of Female Bodybuilding and in August 2007 inducted her into their Hall of Fame.[2]


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]

Today Everts lives on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm with a 5-acre (20,000 m2) island on the Susquehanna River near Binghamton, NY.[citation needed]


  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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