Somewhere on a lonely highway, deep in the heart of Alberta, Canada, Justice has pulled over. She’s smart enough to realize that if you’re doing a phone interview—and you’re miles away from your destination—it’s a good idea to concentrate on either the road or your interviewer, not both. She’s between Canadian feature bookings which, as she explains, aren’t quite the same as American feature bookings.
It’s those “American” bookings that Justice can look forward to in the very near future. As the winner of the Champion Division in the EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) West contest, she’s become a nominee for the prestigious ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year Award and will perform in New Orleans at EXPO 2015. And just one week later, she took home the biggest dance title in Canada, Miss Nude Canada. What’s surprising about these career-changing wins is not the fact that she now owns these major titles—among dozens of others she’s earned over the past eight years—but that she won them after being diagnosed with and treated for Kienböck’s disease. This is a condition where the blood supply to one of the small bones in the wrist, the lunate, is interrupted. For Justice, “treatment” required having the carpal bone in her hand removed, a bone graph and a steel plate inserted into her hand/wrist.
“I started selling my costumes when doctors told me I’d never dance again,” says Justice, noting that now, her hand cannot really bend at all. “But then I told myself, I’m not going to let this beat me! I really believe that everything happens for a reason, and the universe purposely made me have this issue to help me focus on other aspects of being an entertainer: dancing, interacting with the audience, etc. It’s not all about pole tricks and aerials. It’s made me a better and more humble performer.”
She’s a very talented entertainer, and clearly has an amazing work ethic. But there’s a lot more we didn’t “really” know about Justice. — Dave Manack
She started as a “shooter girl”—
when she was only 15.
“I was in school, participating in ‘co-op education’ and working in a law office. I hadn’t been there long when one of the lawyers took me for drinks at a strip club. He had no idea I was only 15! One of the shooter girls came over, and I said, ‘She’s taking the wrong approach completely for selling shots!’ The bartender overheard me and said, ‘If you think you can do better, here’s a tray.’ So I did it! I did that job for six months until I turned 16, and that’s when I started dancing.”
Dancing at 16?!
(Laughs) “Yes, I know that was crazy! But (at that Canadian club) they didn’t check my ID! Now, you have to have a license to dance in Canada including a full background check.”
Her idea of “fun” is spending a few hours doing “circus school” training with her friends in Cirque du Soleil
“I hate the gym—it’s so boring!—but I can easily do circus training for three or four hours. It’s so much fun! We train, and of course I hear the all the good gossip from the Cirque performers. I now have six aerial acts. We will literally train anywhere where they have high enough ceilings; we just bring our own gear and go for it.”
And it’s that “circus” training that’s helped her immensely after her wrist surgery
“That’s where I’ve gained my skills in transitioning from one dance move or ‘trick’ to another during a feature performance. When I land a trick, I immediately engage the audience and reel them in. It’s a very important aspect of my performance.”
She’s ready to deliver some babies!
“I’m not retiring from featuring anytime soon, but I am going to school to be a midwife. Women have been giving birth for thousands of years without the clinical, uninviting atmosphere of a hospital. I’ve been a part of two births, and it was almost like living in a daydream. To be a part of bringing life into this world is beyond amazing.”
Down time? She’s crushing a bag of “All Dressed Chips” and reading some smut
“Oh my god, All Dressed Chips ... you can’t get them in America, but they are so good! You can’t just eat them; you have to lick them first to get off all of the flavors. I combine them with an XXX Acai-Blueberry-Pomegranate Vitamin Water and a slutty romance novel to make up for the lack thereof. Canadian romance novels are different—they’re way cornier, so you actually laugh when you read them!”