America may have just lost burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese to Paris…
She says she believes Europe gets her and her art in a way that some in her native country donâ€™t. â€œSome people really think that all I do is wear red lipstick and dress in vintage clothes and cruise around,â€ said Von Teese while in Beijing, where she recently performed for a GQ China event. â€œIn France and the U.K., they can show what I do on TV.
The Jay Lenos of Europe all have me on. In America theyâ€™re obsessed with pop stars and maybe theyâ€™re a little bit afraid of having me on there because they think what Iâ€™m talking about and what Iâ€™m doing is too risquÃ©.â€
Her other gripe is that too much modern burlesque doesnâ€™t pay tribute to its predecessors. â€œYou see a lot of burlesque-themed nightclubs opening, where there are girls dancing with boas, then the curtains close and thatâ€™s it. Burlesque was about striptease, and especially in America, a lot of the mainstream burlesque acts are taking all of the important elements about the history of burlesque out,â€ Von Teese laments. â€œIâ€™ve made it my personal mission to stay true to what burlesque was in the â€™30s and â€™40s and keep striptease in. Maybe that makes me a little bit dangerous for an American audience but itâ€™s more important to me that I stay true to the big stars of burlesque, like Gypsy Rose Lee, Lily St. Cyr, and Sally Rand, the women who took their clothes off in front of an audience.â€
American Striptease – with video
I love this woman and I love that she does a true striptease.