By the time she won Miss Exotic World in 1995 Pillow had been combining elements of classic striptease with a unique modern twist for nearly two decades while simultaneously becoming a champion bodybuilder.
Pillow began her burlesque career in 1976 in the standard sort of go-go clubs that featured bikini and lingerie clad or topless dancers. She soon developed her performances into “theme” turns, featuring elaborate costumes and choreography that she used to create a viable character she enacted during the dance. As the years went by, she became a legendary figure for her artistic and high-energy performances.
At the same time, she was a pioneering force in the development of women’s bodybuilding in the early 1980s, earning awards and recognition, including the Gold’s Classic Women’s Champion of 1983. Her competition posing routines not only influenced future women bodybuilders and fitness competitors, but her judging and critical writing of the sport in its early years were instrumental in its development into and acceptance as a legitimate enterprise for female athletes.
She came to Exotic World in 1991 and became a big supporter, devoting time, money, and ideas to the professionalizing of the museum and pageant, finally competing in 1993. She was thanked for her tireless efforts on behalf of Exotic World (including creating a video documentary) with a special award in 1996, the year after her crowning as Miss Exotic World.
Pillow continued to support Exotic World and graciously chose it for her farewell performance before her retirement from dancing in 2000.