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Kalynda W

Clear Lake, Texas

Kalynda is a small town girl who has always had big dreams. Even at a young age she knew she was different and felt she was just born in the wrong era. It wasn’t until she heard of the Benefit Betties and became a member that she found a place where she belonged.¬†Being a pin up has also given her the confidence to let loose a little and pursue her inner most secret passion… burlesque! By day she works as a bartender, slinging your favorite drinks, but by night her alter ego Savannah Stackhouse lets down her hair and is ready to shimmy and shake.

What is your favorite activity?

Even though I’m not very good at it, roller derby has to be one of my all time favorite things. Not only is it an amazing work out, the bonds you create with the women on your team is like none other.

What do you absolutely hate doing?

I don’t even have to think about this one. Laundry and Dishes!! It was always punishment growing up and I had a smart mouth when I was a kid. Needless to say there were tons of clothes and dishes being washed by yours truly.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It has never been a question, I have always wanted to do something with animals. I have always had a special bond with them and my friends call me ‘the cat whisperer’. One of the many reasons why I joined the Benefit Bettie’s is all the work they do to help our furry friends.

What is your favorite form of exercise?

Now that’s a tough question because I hate all of them! lol I would have to say running outside because my dog and music are my favorite things, ¬†and I can just put on my headphones, turn on my ipod and go wherever my pup and my feet can take us.

What is your favorite day of the year?

It’s not a specific day, but The Revival Festival every year in Austin is the most fun I think I’ve ever had. Burlesque, crafts, and rockabilly music.

What smell do you love?

Cupcakes! I love to bake when I can. My best one is the Elvis Cupcake- Banana cake with a Reese’s peanut butter cup in the center, a chocolate marshmallow icing, topped with chunks of peanut butter cup pieces. Elvis would be proud.

If you could relive one day from your past what would it be?

It would easily be the day that my mom and I got to travel to Dallas and see the Phantom of the Opera and then see the Natural Bridge Caverns. We did all these amazing things the summer before she had an aneurysm and I would give anything to be with her and have that happy time together again.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Oh my gosh, Elvis Presley from King Creole time! He stills my heart every time I hear him sing. That movie, along with Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas are my favorite Elvis movies.

What was the last movie/tv show/ book you read to make you tear up?

I recently rented the movie, The Help. I read the book so I knew what it was about, but watching how all these people were being treated and how wrong it was really hit a nerve with me. Times were so different back then and it really makes you realize how things have changed.

Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best?

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I did go through a pretty dark time in my past when things were just not working and I was a very sad person. I had family from Oklahoma offer me a place to come stay with them. Uprooting my whole life and moving to another state was nothing I ever wanted to do. But I had nothing else to lose at this point. It took me a few months to get out and make new friends and learn how to be myself again. I was only there for a year but in that amount of time I learned to love myself and found happiness with me. I feel like that’s a the number one lesson to learn.

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