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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Celebrate our anniversary with us at “Anniversa-TEASE!”, April 12, 7pm

Anniversa-TEASE, April 12, 2019April 17 marks the first anniversary of our new space on Main Street, and we’re celebrating the only way we know how — with a burlesque show!

Join us April 12 at Ron Decar’s Event Center at 1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Tickets are $49 VIP Plated / $39 VIP / $29 General Admission (VIP prices include buffet or plated dinner). Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 7pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Appearing in the show will be:

  • Bettina May, “The Pinup You Want to Pin Down”
  • Charlie Starling, “The British Bird Ahead of the Curve”
  • Cora Vette, “The Mouth of a Sailor, the Voice of an Angel”
  • Darby Fox, “The Voluptuous Vulpine”
  • Egypt Blaque Knyle, “The Black Siren”
  • La Rosa Muerta, “The Spanish Rose That Wi...
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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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Featured Artifact: Gypsy Rose Lee’s Pincushion

Gypsy Rose Lee Pincushion

Gypsy Rose Lee was practically born into show business, touring the vaudeville circuits with her sister, Jane Havoc, from before she was old enough to go to school. Their successes were fleeting and hardships enduring, and it behooved the young vaudevillian to learn to sew. Throughout her stage career, both in vaudeville and, later, burlesque, Gypsy sewed her own clothes and costumes, and this pincushion — a cheap, slightly kitschy dime-store model picked up who-knows-where —  must have seen plenty of backstages over the course of her career.

Gypsy Rose Lee's pincushionThe pincushion is bristling with straight pins. Gypsy didn’t trust zippers, and didn’t trust buttons or eye-hooks either. Often, her dresses were sewed with one side seam open, and Gypsy would pin herself into the dress before going on-stage...

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Thank you for your donations!

The BHoF Wall of PastiesA huge sparkly “THANK YOU” to everyone who donated and helped spread the word for our latest fundraiser. Your contributions raised $9500 for the museum, money that will help us develop new programs, take care of our collection, and promote burlesque to new audiences.

If you donated, you will receive an email this coming week with instructions to tell us exactly how you want your name listed on the Wall of Pasties and where to send your pasties (if you chose that option). Please keep an eye out for our email (it’ll be from

If you didn’t donate but want to, you can always donate via our website or text the word BURLYQ to 44-321 from your smartphone.

BHoF is always growing, and your support makes that possible...

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