24-year-old Miranda Robero is a professional living food platter. She lays down on a dining table, wearing nothing but a flesh-colored thong, and covers the rest of herself with food.
She also works as a fire juggler and and gentlemen's club dancer, but she's only 1 of 8 "human trays" at the Brooklyn hipster club Lust.
Lust is described as an “immersive erotically charged dinner party” and tickets run from $90 to $140 a piece.
“I definitely feel empowered. I feel like a goddess.”
One of the diners, who went by the name Lisa, chomped on a piece of lettuce and said she enjoyed eating off of Robero:
"Eating off another woman is very sexy, very sensual.”
Lust started in February 2016 and is the brainchild of 33-year-old artist and performer Abby Hertz:
“I want to teach people the idea of connecting sensually without engaging in sex. One of my inspirations is the Japanese fetish tradition of nyotaimori, in which you eat sushi off the body.”
Before Robero and the other human trays put food on themselves, they must shower within an hour of serving. Then a "food artist" carefully and skillfully adorns the body with food.
Then Robero falls into a trance-like state:
“My favorite part is the surrender — not having to check my phone or worry about what’s going on because I am, quite literally, here to serve."
She says she's never had a guest overstep boundaries and fondle her, and she's trained herself not to flinch with food is plucked from her sensitive areas.
Working as a human food tray pays between $200 and $400 an hour, but Robero only does it a handful of times a year because there's just not really a demand for human dinner plates.
So if you're looking for a side job, nearly naked food tray might be the right fit for you.