It’s no secret we’ve got a major crush on burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. What’s not to love? She’s got a bitchin’ wardrobe (and an assistant who takes care of her clothes!), an incredible job, and more confidence than we’ve seen in, well … anyone!
Dita was kind enough to talk to us recently about her latest book, Dita: Stripteese, where to get the best vintage, how many pairs of Louboutins she owns, and how often she checks her lipstick … Keep reading »
“The most important thing to remember is that there can be no real definition of beauty … that old saying that beauty is ‘in the eye of the beholder’ is the truth. Being true to yourself and using what you’ve got it the best way, I’m really just a girl who is enhancing what she’s got, and that’s it!”
– Dita Von Teese reveals her beauty secret [OK! via Gala Darling] Keep reading »
I’m a freelance private investigator based in Paris. I don’t stalk people and I don’t wear a trench coat and sunglasses—unless it’s simultaneously raining and sunny. My company conducts investigations of high-flying financiers. While I have no interest in the finance world whatsoever, my entire income derives from it, and in last year’s economic crisis, I had zero income for three solid months. Keep reading »
Oh, sci-fi dweebs, what will you think of next? “Star Wars” and burlesque are two subcultures which should not belong together, but somehow, these performers made it work! Except for “sexy” Jabba The Hutt, who will haunt my nightmares for time immemorial.
Pic, if you dare, after the jump … Keep reading »
Years ago, I interviewed Lily Burana, a former exotic dancer who wrote a book about her “farewell tour” dancing at strip clubs across the country. Earlier this year, I interviewed her again, about her latest book, one in which she chronicles the difficulties she experienced when her Army officer husband was deployed to Iraq. Now, the New York Times has a profile of Burana and her Operation Bombshell, which offers burlesque dancing classes to military wives. (Make sure to check out the accompanying audio slide show for a peek behind the scenes.) These aren’t classes in how to strip for your man; as Burana explains: “This is more Ava Gardner than Britney.” Instead, Army wives learn the fine art of peeling off their gloves, the “showgirl bounce,” and how to work a boa. Ultimately, says Burana, Operation Bombshell fosters camaraderie among military wives through a little sexy fun during these challenging times. [New York Times] Keep reading »
“I don’t mind being called [a stripper] because that is what I do, but I don’t understand why there is such a taboo attached to it. Basically what I do is like an actress that has nude scenes in a movie, it’s part of the role and its part of what my show is. It’s not really any different. I think it’s just too easy for people to criticize.”
– Dita Von Teese, whose not-at-all-revealing offstage outfits support this reasoning [Fox News via Cele|bitchy] Keep reading »
“Women like to see another kind of sex symbol that doesn’t fit into the blonde, tanned, California beach babe beauty. I can never fit into that role, so I think there are other women like me that say ‘no, me neither’…You can put on red lipstick and put on black gloves and you can curl your hair and play dress-up. Then if you’re tired of it you can just get rid of it. It is not like you have to go to a tanning salon and do all these things to make yourself a certain way, it’s something you can try on and leave.”
—Burlesque star Dita Von Teese, while promoting her new book, Dita Striptease [Fox News] Keep reading »
This week, New York’s finest has agreed to let us in on her secrets. Little Brooklyn, the red hot striptease superstar of new burlesque, really puts the hip in hypnotizing! She’s taught me everything I know about dancing your way into someone’s pants and she’s sharing her tips on titillation with you too, after the jump! Keep reading »
“They are attracted by the message I bring, I’m not about supermodel beauty, but more about natural beauty. The girls with black hair and pale skin, who don’t look fantastic in a bikini, can see in me someone that supports them in their quest for a more alternative sensuality … You can play dressing up with elegance or make a striptease for your significant other. The essence of burlesque is about dressing up properly, enjoying glamour, and taking more time for yourself.”
– Dita Von Teese, on her female fans and the appeal of burlesque, in a translated interview with Venezuelan magazine Estampas [ONTD] Keep reading »