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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Backline Babes Unite!

What a big tease it is to see all these fabulous frontline costumes, that all bands are catering to, knowing that for most of the masqueraders in the band these costumes are out of reach either because of price or because of the limited spaces available. It seems as if Frontline Fever has gripped female masqueraders, on every message board and amidst chatter on which sections are the most wanted EVERYONE is announcing that they are playing frontline.

There are not enough frontline costumes to meet the demand and besides if everyone plays frontline then there would be no backline would there? Reality is that the frontline's appeal is the fact that it is limited, too many frontline costumes and the frontline H.O. no longer feels "special". The more people clamoring to get into the limited frontline costumes the more it pushes the price up!



So, what is a Backline Betty to do when her only choice is to be regaled to being a floor member in the showgirl's presence? Well a group of Backline Bettys have united to reinvent the persona and perception of the "ordinary" costume, their goal is to make the Backline Betty JUST as FAB as her frontline sister and have more fun doing so!



The first step these ladies took was to discard the "Betty"; "Betty" is the girl who grasps her hair up in a pony tail, sprinkles on the glitter dust from her costume box, puts on her costume and hits the streets. Backline Betty has been retired!! No longer will the supporting character to the Frontline H.O. (High maintenance Overachiever) be referred to as anything but the Backline B.A.B.E - BODACIOUS Achievers of BACKLINE EXCELLENCE!! As I was informed, THEY have more fun and B.A.B.E. can also stand for Brandishing All Backsides Effortlessly as there is no backpack or bustles or humongous headpieces to keep them back!

Of course you know these ladies came up with the 10 Commandments of a Backline B.A.B.E for Carnival 2009 and beyond! The following was written by the backline B.A.B.E.s of the blog who have tried frontline and are not going back! Special mention to Darkie Ann, Kaya Kitty and Mystique!

1.Backline is a state of mind, B.A.B.E. is the standard by which I shall execute my fabulosness!

2. The B.A.B.E. has not spent the extra money on FL there fore splurge on the makeup, lashes and put the glitter in glittericious!! Being a DIVA is not reserved for only the frontline! Spend the savings on accessories!

3. Speaking of accessories, matching footwear is a must. A Backline B.A.B.E. must have the appropriate FAB footwear to match her equally FAB costume. Whether it’s boots or sneakers, make sure it matches and make sure it is FAB!!.

4. Being a B.A.B.E. does not equal being stush. Your job is to brandish that backside, revel in the fact that there are no obstructions to the measures and skills of your winery!

5. Make it your duty to take a wine on all the fine men that will come your way, while the FL might get more photos, the men flock to the B.A.B.E. because she is unencumbered by a backpack to jook out his eye or a headpiece to give him a mouthful of feathers! Throw your waist! But remember not because you are a B.A.B.E. that every Tom.Dick and Harry can wine on you, have your limits!!

6. Traverse the band showcasing your fabulosity, after all it’s more of us, we cover more ground. Do not shy away from the camera, showcase the Bodaciousness in B.A.B.E.

7. Some may turn their noses up at the B.A.B.E. because she is in the back, kindly smile and say “I am FAB as is, I don’t need extra embellishments to make me feel better about myself”

8. B.A.B.E.s choose the costume they love, not the one the crew likes. Don’t be pressured into thinking that FL is the place to be. B.A.B.E.s spend less money for the same experience. B.A.B.E.s are the smart ones!

9. Ensure that the B.A.B.E. is on point at all times. While B.A.B.E.s have more fun,it should look effortless, which means no sweaty faces, ripped stockings or costumes falling apart.Keep it together!

10. Lastly remember your FL sisters, although it is not your style, it is hers, respect her space and demand that she respects yours!

34 comments:

De Darkie said...

BACKLINE B.A.B.E.s UNITE!!!

carnivalbaby said...

Here Here, lol. Fabulousness!!!!

Trini2DBone said...

The only reason ppl fighting down Fronlines this year for Tribe is because the Backlines SUCK. I could care less to be a Frontline H.O or compete with the likes of it but give the ppl something they like. Tribe seems to be putting so much emphasis this year on Frontlines to show off on other rival bands and they forget the majority of their masqueraders will not be able to get in, as a result of availability and price. I'm hearing all sort of talk that the hot sections could very well be sold out before registration and that's so unfair to even the masqueraders who have been playing with them for all 5 years and live abroad and don't have anyone to pay cash. The site is not even up and prices out, yet ppl are registering already. Ridiculous, how this has turned out, but different topic :) Point is: Backlines should be treated just as importantly as Frontliners by the band so that the appeal of being a Backline B.A.B.E will remain

shells said...

LOL loving it..haven't decided if I'm a Frontline H.O. or a Backline B.A.B.E. quite yet...but no matter the choice I'll have a ball.

Costume choices down to three now!

Megan said...

:D I love it!

dajewel1982 said...

i love it!!!!!

on an aside note: whoa whoa whoa!!!!!! TRIBE unofficially began??????? UNFAIR!!! saucy, could you please look into this?!?!?

Carnicherry said...

Of course tribe has unofficially started registration... as they do every year...

princessredz said...

Love the B.A.B.E.liciousness. I will be dey!!

Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

dajewel how did Spice sell out two sections before they opened for registration? All bands pre-register their "folks".

dajewel1982 said...

*sideways glace at TRIBE*

but would they open up those sections, in a limited amount, when registration officially begins??

WineGal said...

I don't think the backlines suck. Some are boring and others are quite pretty. Anyway for years now people have been frontline crazy and look at the backline as "whatever" so I like the Backline B.A.B.E. concept.

Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

jewel have you ever seen a Sold Out sign on any of TRIBE's sections online or inhouse when they open for registration??? Granted Silver Mist sold out in 5 minutes last year LMAO.

dougla_1 said...

Gosh, when people does go off, they does really go off, yes.

"The only reason ppl fighting down Fronlines this year for Tribe is because the Backlines SUCK."

Take are look again nah, darling. You cannot tell me that Green Honeycreeper is NOT a georgeous backline showpiece, with all the quality of the frontline and then some :) And that is only one backline I can attest. The rest I have observed I will leave for you to SEE when you take a breath. Breathe girl :)

Personally, (and I did play with Tribe this year) the band WAS TOO LARGE. Many times it's not the rush for volume and money that make things good.

Tr|n|gYa| said...

I love the definition of the B.A.B.E. :)
Do they have a group on FB somewhere?

dajewel1982 said...

yeah, you have a point, saucy. thanks!!!

sexy eyes said...

:) nice...

Carnival Jumbie said...

I think i might be a BABE to yes cause fire for them backpacks!!! I stripping down next year !!

The Sweet 7 said...

I love it! I'm a BABE all the way!

Trini2DBone said...

ok, so yes I was a little hot. SUCK may be too harsh but every year I've played with Tribe and had no issues with their backlines but I feel this year, their backlines for a couple, not all, are not that great and well it just seems that this year alot of ppl are rushing Frontlines because of the fact that they are so much nicer than the backline in some cases. So forgive me for the harshness, oh gor...I stressing

KJP said...

Frontliners have the larger costumes and are infront of the BABES but the backlinres always STEAL the show! Who is on the cover of magazines and the newspapers more????

kittykat said...

So Saucy, did you sign up already, considering registration for privileged folks have started in Tribe?

Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

No I have not kitty kat..somebody call de Sauce nah :/

kittykat said...

This is my personal opinion, but I think that is unfair to you......

empressnatts said...

Well someone in tribe better give saucy a Hook-up ASAP for all de blasted publicity she doing for allyuh man... As a matter of fact all these bands should be offering saucy hookups; Tribe, IP, Elements, Spice, Kaotic and whoever else. Even the 'bandleader' who answers posts here on a Wed!! LOL

jt said...

any body know why tribe site taking so longgggggggggggg!!!!!!!!! oh gosh man time to start selling the birds and them

Tiffany Yelitza said...

Oh what a cute post! I love this list!!!! Squeeaaaalll!!

That said, I do think this year TRIBE's "backline" (I can't believe this has actually become a word & that there are differentiate hierarchies in blasted section, my gawd - no more individuals but frontline and backline instead? Lorsey.) Anyhoo I digress, are rather skimpy and somewhat unforgiving. Gorgeous, beautiful costumes albiet, but rather on the skimpy side. I can't help but give more thought on doing frontline in order for my front and backside to be covered more.

Sadly yes, registration with TRIBE begin already, a friend of mine is registering today. Harumph.

FAB said...

You know the irony of this “Frontline HMO” is that I think it’s been around in our carnival known as ‘Individual.” Definition of Carnival Individual – (one of a kind, special treatment, first on stage, leading the sections, a diva). Doesn’t that sound like a FHMO? Back then only a few was fortunate enough to afford an individual costume, but as times changed and money became accessible by the masses and masqueraders wanted to be extra special for Monday and Tuesday; and who could blame them. I am sure many band leaders saw this as an opportunity to capitalize on this brand new arena.

The masqueraders wanted more, more fu-fu, more feathers, more beads, bigger back-packs, more, more, and more. And if I was a bandleader I will give you more, make you feel extra special, and tag on a hefty price onto that and wave a magic wand and call you ‘Frontline.’

Nothing wrong with being Frontline, I hold no grudges of the Frontlines, because I believe if you like the extras big stuff on your costume hey that’s your prerogative and if you can afford it without taking out a loan, moaning and groaning about how high the price is, then Frontline is definitely for you!

I have been an individual from the age of 5 and I have been queen of band one time in my life, so its not like I don’t know how it feels to be treated extra special for carnival. I personally don’t care for all that extra stuff and as much as I like some Frontline costumes I still prefer playing in my 2 piece and a gorgeous headpiece, and I will point out that I am able to afford to play frontline thanks to my husband.

Saucy did say “Once you go frontline you never go back.” So this carnival I am giving it a shot, and that’s only because my sister is excited about caged canary frontline, birds of paradise and Brazilian Macaw and I’m still not excited about the frontline thing.

So power to the B.A.B.E or as I call myself Forever a Backline HMO (F.A.B. HMO) and yes we backlines are high maintenance overachievers. Accept nothing less, and do great things as a F.A.B HMO. Is we does make the band and is we does keep this thing alive.

Just remember B.A.B.E you did not pay your money to be up front so please don’t take up the frontline space; they paid for that, they paid for crossing the stage by themselves and they paid to look extra special. So give them their space and respect their space.

Funny thing is they still have to use the same bathrooms as us, they still have to get they own drinks just like us, they still have to rest in the same spot just like us (at least they could have provided them with a tent, tables, silverware, and champagne), they still have to eat the same food just like us, and they still have to use the same mirror to freshen up their make-up just like us only difference is we pay less and them pay more.

FAB HMO
Love you frontlines anyways (smile) carnival comes but once a year! Live and Enjoy!

Tr|n|gYa| said...

fab...that was actually a really high quality response, good for an article! Good show!

dajewel1982 said...

i love fab's response!! the creators of the B.A.B.E mantra should definitely creat a facebook group!!!!!

SocaDiva said...

AH LOVE ITTTT!!!!! Its about time the front lines having to much fun and until I reach that status I am resigned to backline duty. But that doesnt mean wer'e not still fabulous

S said...

It's so funny that this has come up as a topic today because recently I decided to make the concerted effort to no longer use the word 'backline'. It's almost like giving myself a complex....lol. Why refer to myself as a 'backline'?
I have been trying to best to say 'regular' but I am not sure how much better that is (still working on another term). At any rate at least it doesn't sound sub-par.

I had a chance to play frontline with IP in their first year, before frontlines were more distinguishable from the rest, before prices were sky high , and only because I was sort of forced into it (I was registering late and they claim it was the only place they could squeeze me in.. whatver). Anyway, I had a blast and it felt great. But quite frankly, i got fedup of the cape very fast, and after lunch it was gone... ANyway, I would love to play a frontline costume again some day though. As soon as I can afford it, i doin it and I doin it big.. yuh can't go half way.

Trinimade said...

I so agree with what Fab had to say. Me personally I find that a few of Tribes backline costumes look just as nice as the frontlines. (especially African Love Bird.) Also I would rather have my bambam free and available to take a jook here and dere with no large bag pack in my way..LOL

Don't get me wrong I ent hating on the F.H.O's by no means as I have played frontline once before.yes I enjoyed it but I love being a BABE. It's only common sense that every one can't be a FHO.......then what would happen to the rest of the band. Oh well I love it am a BABE....B. A .B .E ssss Stand ..up..lol

chris said...

Love it! I have always disliked the term "backline". I think "regular" is better. However, BABE is even better then "regular". personally i'm a FHO, but believe is equality to all. lololol. LOOOVE "FAB's" post.

trini ting said...

Some ppl play backline because they WANT to...I am 1 of those ppl!!! I think frtline id duffy and they ALWAYS r in the way!!!Sheeesh...They r usually made up of feathers and feathers are for BIRDS!!!1 lmao...I can afford a frtline costume in every carnival if I wanted to...And it proves your ''status''??? LIE!! HELLO...Its not property!!!1 Only silly folks tryin' to keep up with the jones' run dat down!!! Sexy gurls put on dat half naked sexy mas abd wine low..while frtline folks all ova d place with their fearthers/wings etc!!1 Not diva style atall!!!1

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