“Our stories are often told by the likes of people with unconscious bias or outright savior complexes.… This magazine was born out of a desire to see us reflected in a more honest light.”
— PENELOPE DARIO, EDITOR IN CHIEF
PETIT MORT MAGAZINE, VOL. 1
PETIT MORT is more than just another magazine—it’s a living history of sex work, each issue a work of art. Founder and Editor in Chief Penelope Dario discusses her passion project and how everyone can learn by listening to sex workers.
It’s not often that we promote another adults-only publication, but when we do, you better believe it is worth its weight in salt. Introducing PETIT MORT: your favorite sex workers’ favorite bespoke biannual. And soon to be yours.
As fate would have it, founder and Editor in Chief Penelope Dario had just watched The People vs. Larry Flynt—her first-ever viewing—only a day before we requested this interview.
Dario, born in Venezuela, moved to the U.S. as a child, studying art in Boston before relocating to Brooklyn, where she worked a slew of jobs in the creative and service industries before trying her hand as a dancer. The kind you tip generously. She gave up her platform heels for couture evening wear, reinventing herself as a top-flight, VIP escort. And yes, being a companion has worked out well, but Dario’s passion is publishing—the care and craft of how a magazine comes together. From typography to photography, hers is a self-funded labor of love and an important voice. This is the truth about sex work as spoken by sex workers.