Mistress Monique Von Cleef was a notable Mistress. She grew up in the Netherlands during World War II. After moving to Amsterdam she became friends with a Mistress called Gonda, and became a Mistress herself.
In 1959 she married Edward B. Van S, who she later discovered to be abusive and psychotic. After one psychotic episode he died in an accident, after which Monique left for America.
Monique entered the city of New York on October 4, 1963, working as a Mistress there for a time before moving to New Jersey, where she bought a place to do her work in that became known as her House of Pain.
In September 1967 she was convicted of lewdness charges due to her work as a Mistress; however, upon appeal her conviction was vacated by the Supreme Court, with the court declaring that her Fourth Amendment rights had been violated through the illegal search and seizure of documents by police.
She went back to the Netherlands and continued her work as a Mistress. She also published a book cowritten by her and William Waterman, titled The House of Pain: The Strange World of Monique Von Cleef, The Queen of Humiliation: An Autobiography and a Message to All Human Slaves (1973).
She died in 2005.
In 2013 she was inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame.