Over 12 years ago it was a sunny day in Second Life at the island of Hinode Shima, and a Blonde Bombshell in miniature landed at the landing point with the biggest shoes, the tiniest skirt and an amazing personality. Her name was and still is Lexi Morgan and I found out many things about her and her time spent in Second Life as a Creator, Landlord and participator in many Charity driven events that day, and wanted to catch up again and see if things have changed and if so how.
This time we did not get to sit by the seaside on Japanese seats across from each other, time-zones did not permit this time around on my side, but I am fortunate enough that Lexi took the time to answer my questions and that I am lucky enough to be able to jump into her IM box at anytime to get any additional information I may need.
I wanted to not only catch up with her, but also have her share a little insight into creating in Second Life for as long as she has. Unfortunately my first interview of her was with Appearance Mode a now closed Blog that was one of the first in Second Life back then. Even though she leans more now towards makeup she has definitely added so much flavour to this world over the years.
With this trip down memory lane for me, and with it being Vintage Fair starting soon, I decided that this post would be an homage to some of the oldest creators in Second Life who are still very much creating and contributing to the beautification of the grid. Elikapeka of Elikatira who has been creating hair for us since earlier than I have been here and some of my greatest shopping experiences were at ETD in the olden days. Sachi Vixen of Adam n Eve who has always been an incredible creator with amazing skins and clothing of various styles for many years, has only recently gone into mesh in a bigger way and her style has just carried over very well. While Swirly Cyclone is a newer content creator as such she has been adding fabulousness to SL since the dawn of time, and if you do not know that, you better learn it. These shoes are just the perfect companion pieces to this whole look, and they come in an option of white or cream accents so that you can mix and match with ease. The make up I am wearing is all Stellar by name and look, and the adorable little star beauty spot does it for me and then some.
On to Lexi Morgan of Stellar
Sasy: It has been over 12 years now since I last interviewed you about your time in Second Life, you were a region/sim owner, a Creator and very proactive in the everyday occurrences of the grid. What are some of the biggest changes you have experienced personally of your time here ?
Lexi: First let me say that I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since the last interview. I still remember that day like it was yesterday!
I think for me personally, the thing that completely changed my SL was mesh. As much as I am amazed and thankful that it’s here, it came at a time when my RL changed tremendously and I fell behind with learning it. I was in SL much less and couldn’t catch up. I did end up learning how to mesh over time, but then I fell in love with creating cosmetics.. which I’m obsessed with in the real world. It was a perfect fit for me but very different from creating clothes. It’s been an adjustment for myself and my customers, but a pleasant one.
Sasy: You not only had your own store that did incredible clothing, but you also rented space to many other content creators over the years. Do you miss sharing space with other content creators in that way ?
Lexi: Even though I do not have my own sim anymore, I’ve always managed to have my main store on sims where there are other creators so I don’t really miss that aspect too much. I just recently moved my main store to Lo Lo, which has quite a few amazing brands there. Such a lovely space to share with them.
Sasy: Events play a big part in the shopping experience had by many now, in past times that was all done either in Mainstores or Malls, do you think that there is still a place for malls in the SL community or have events removed that need?
Lexi: Being the OG that I am, I really do miss Malls and shopping in them. They were so big years ago and I remember being in over 30 of them at once lol. Events are great but I’m so old school that I prefer main store shopping and releases which is what I primarily do myself. With that said, I am currently in no events.. but now that I’m finding more time for SL I am looking to get into a few good ones. I’m not against them at all …I just love main store releases more.
Sasy: You do still create but with the introduction of mesh and the like you create differently than you did in the past, as a more experienced texture based creator, are you excited about Bake on Mesh and what that may mean for older and newer content alike ?
Lexi: I think any change like Bake on Mesh is a positive one for creators and shoppers alike. I’m looking forward to seeing how the community reacts to it.
Sasy: Do you plan on recreating some of your older creations now that system layer (bake on mesh) clothing can be used with mesh body parts ?
Lexi: Sadly, I did lose a lot of my texture based clothing in a hard drive crash years ago but if i’m able to recreate or find some of the more popular items that i’ve made I am all for it! But like I said above, I think it will all be based on how the community reacts to it.
Sasy: Over the years we have all seen some great collaborations between creators, if you had a choice of any SL creator older (even if no longer active) or current to collaborate with on an item, who would it be, and what would you want to do with them ?
Lexi: Oh wow.. I don’t even know where to start with this question lol. SO many amazing creators these days. I have collaborated with creator friends a lot in the past so I would probably go that route again.
Too many names pop into my head to name one in specific. I’m up for anything.
Sasy: If you could be a Linden for a Day, someone that could actually make a proper change to Second Life, what would you do with that power ?
Lexi: I think you probably know me well enough to know this about me already, but I truly enjoy helping people. I would help every new member in any way that I could by answering questions, buying them clothing, hair, shoes, skins, mesh body parts, makeup etc. Help them make an avatar that they love and explain how everything works. I’d help them so that they’d want to stay here and grow to love it as I have.
Sasy: As a content creator and SL resident for 15 years now, what advice would you give any newer resident that may want to start creating, and anything that you wish you had known early on that you learned along the way that you think really made a big change to how you did things ?
Lexi: Oh my …15 years! Thats a longggg time haha
One thing that I always tell my creator friends that come to me for advice (and every last one will vouch for this) : NEVER give up. If you love creating and enjoy your products.. keep at it. If something doesn’t sell like you had expected it to, it’s ok! Don’t get discouraged. It happens to all of us. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time to develop a brand name that people will recognize. But frequent releases are a MUST. I 100% do believe that. If you’re not doing at least that, you’re not helping yourself as much as you could.
Vintage Fair opens June 7th 2019 info can be found here
Pale Girl Productions Website
VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots
VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)
VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)
VR Foundry Marketplace
Props, Furniture, Build
Skin & Body Parts Worn:
Spencer Mesh Head LeLutka
Skin Applier Alessa – League
Slink Hourglass Body Bundle – Dynamic Mesh Hands (Bento Enabled) , Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body Slink
Avatar Enhancement Nail Appliers: set 142 Flair
False Lash Effect, Slay Lipstick , Hearts & Stars Beauty Marks – Stellar
Misha Hair – Elikatira
Rita Dress – Adam n Eve @ Vintage Fair
Beatrice Shoes – By Swirly @ Vintage Fair