Interview with Dita Von Teese

In honor of Women’s History Month, and inspired by the #5WomenArtists project led by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we are asking burlesque artists to share with us their thoughts on their art form. We’re closing out the series with an interview with burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese. Since starting burlesque in the early 1990s, Dita has gone on to be easily the most recognizable burlesque performer in the world. She has appeared on CSI, America’s Next Top Model, and Project: Runway; published two books, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese and Your Beauty Mark; appeared in videos for Green Day, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Marilyn Manson; modeled for Jean Paul Gauthier, Vivienne Westwood, and Moschino; released an album; and launched her own fashion lines – all while tourin...

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Interview with Dirty Martini

In honor of Women’s History Month, and inspired by the #5WomenArtists project led by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we are asking burlesque artists to share with us their thoughts on their art form. Today, we hear from 2004 Miss Exotic World and BHoF Board Member, Dirty Martini. Dirty has toured around the world, been the subject of two documentaries (and appeared in many more), and been voted in the top 10 in 21st Century Magazine’s annual worldwide poll every year since it began in 2009 (including 4 years as No. 1).

 If you missed them, be sure to check out our previous interviews with burlesque legend Judith Stein and 2006 Miss Exotic World Julie Atlas Muz.

Dirty MartiniBHoF: Why did you choose burlesque as your art form?

When I moved to New York City to be a contemporary dancer, I...

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Interview with Julie Atlas Muz

In honor of Women’s History Month, and inspired by the #5WomenArtists project led by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we are asking burlesque artists to share with us their thoughts on their art form. This week, we are talking with 2006 Miss Exotic World, Julie Atlas Muz. Based in New York, Muz has performed on stage and television, appeared in numerous documentaries, and was featured in art exhibits at the Whitney Biennial and Deitch Projects.  

Julie Atlas Muz (photo by Karl Giant)

Photo by Karl Giant

If you missed it, be sure to check out our previous interview with burlesque legend Judith Stein.

BHoF: Why did you choose burlesque as your art form?

I moved to New York City to be a dancer and a theater maker.  In experimental theater/dance making, there is so much rehearsal for so few performances...

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Interview with Judith Stein

Judith Stein

In honor of Women’s History Month, and inspired by the #5WomenArtists project led by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, we are asking burlesque artists to share with us their thoughts on their art form. First up is Judith Stein, “The Lady Divine”, who performed throughout the 1970s across North America and as far away as Micronesia and New Zealand. Known for her humor, Judith Stein has become “Mama Beaver” to a whole generation of new performers.

BHoF: Why did you choose burlesque as your art form?

Time, money, and adventure!

Back in the very early 70s I was an impoverished university student who needed a job that would mesh with my class schedule. Someone suggested I apply as a go-go girl, working nights in a small bar in Eugene, Oregon.

Having never seen a stripper, e...

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2017 Weekender Recap by Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship Winner Raven Virginia

Our 2017 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient, Raven Virginia, shares her experiences studying with the legends of burlesque at the BHoF Weekender.

Raven Virginia on the red carpet at the 2017 BHoF Weekender

Raven Virginia on the red carpet at the 2017 BHoF Weekender

I arrived in Las Vegas in the blistering heat ready to take on the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. It was exciting, daunting and totally amazing! Sparkly herself made one of the best guides for surviving the weekend and drinking lots of water was top of the list so I made sure to stock up before doing anything else.

I got back to the hotel and checked in as well as getting my weekender bracelet to get into the shows. Standing in line I saw some familiar faces including Canada’s Grand Beaver of Burlesque Judith Stein and legend Val Valentine who I escorted for the weekend...

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