Jill Carter [Edit]

Jill Carter is a well-known leatherwoman and author, best known for being 1996’s International Ms. Leather, which made her the first black International Ms. Leather.

Involvement in BDSM/Leather

She was 1996’s International Ms. Leather, which made her the first black International Ms. Leather.

In 2001, her book Leather Titleholder Manual: So You Want to be a Titleholder? was published by Mystic Rose Press.

Also in 2001, she started the Ms. World Leather contest. A Mr. World Leather Contest followed in 2006.

In 2005, she and Viola Johnson started what became The Carter/Johnson Library & Collection, a “collection of thousands of books, magazines, posters, art, club and event pins, newspapers, event programs and ephemera showing leather, fetish, S/M erotic history”, as its website says, which is exhibited every year at the Master/slave Conference (MsC).

She was at one time a president of the Mid-Atlantic Onyx Pearls, an organization of (according to its website) “proud women and non-binary people of color who serve our Leather and kink communities with honesty and integrity.”

Notable Honors

  • 1998: Pantheon of Leather Couple of the Year Award (shared with Viola Johnson and Queen Cougar)
  • 1998: Community Choice (Woman) from the Pantheon of Leather Awards
  • 1998: National Emerald Award presented by the Washington State Mr. Leather Organization (WSMLO)
  • 1998: Jan Lyon Award from the National Leather Association – International
  • 1998 and 2001: Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year Award
  • 2011: Mr. Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award (Woman) from the Pantheon of Leather Awards
  • 2018: The Carter/Johnson Library & Collection received the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award as part of the Pantheon of Leather Awards

Personal Life

Carter is bisexual, African-American, and a dominant. She is married to Viola Johnson.