The author with Cupcake Girls Bri and Amy (Photo by author’s coworker)
“But how should I address the invitations?” the young brunette across from me asked.
“Husband first, so ‘Mr and Mrs blank,’” advised the older woman next to her, and everyone nodded.
I blinked and made a note, tried not to look confused or judgmental. I was at a planning meeting for It’s a Cupcake Christmas!, a benefit for the Cupcake Girls. They talked about logistics, about raffle prizes, about how much money they wanted to raise, and I played with my mug of tea, not sure what to make of these nice ladies who bring cupcakes to strippers, all of whom were younger than me and married.
Their mission statement reads, “We exist to bring non-judgmental support, consistent caring, community resources and peace, love and cupcakes to women in the adult entertainment industry.”
It sounds simple, but I didn’t get it. That’s why I was there, because I didn’t know what to make of them. This was like a “behind the scenes with the Cupcake Girls!” deal, and we’d scheduled a real sit-down interview over tea the upcoming week and between the two of those I hoped to have a better grasp on what was up with them. In the meantime I wanted to make the most of my sneak peek into how they worked but I kept getting sidetracked by questions like “Who goes first on the invitation?” I didn’t even know people my age cared about such things outside of like, Gossip Girl.
The first time I heard of the Cupcake Girls I was really confused. “The Cupcake what?”
My friend tried to explain:
“They’re Christians, they bring cupcakes to the club and spread the message of the Lord.”
“They bring actual cupcakes?”
“I think sometimes they do hair and makeup too. But they’re trying to make church look less scary and win Christ followers.”
I couldn’t wait to meet these people.