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3. Dirty Martini

(Miss Exotic World 2004)

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Dirty Martini at Theatre Bizarre 2014. ©Neil Kendall
Dirty Martini at Theatre Bizarre 2014. ©Neil Kendall

I’ve said it all before for years, but I’ll say it again: Dirty Martini is an icon worthy of your worship. An iconic burlesque performer, an iconic woman, an iconic human being. Just thinking about her and looking back on all of her adventures over the past year makes me smile inside and out. Let’s look at her 2014…

Dirty gave several fabulous performances as a cast member of Theatre Bizarre in Detroit and spent much of the year touring France with Julie Atlas Muz, Catherine D’Lish, Roky Roulette, Mimi Le Meaux and Kitten on the Keys as a member of Cabaret New Burlesque. Dirty and Julie also joined the topless FEMEN protest against Vladimir Putin in Times Square and they starred in Beth B’s excellent documentary EXPOSED: Beyond Burlesque, alongside Tigger!, Rose Wood, Mat Fraser, World Famous *BOB*, Bunny Love and Bambi the Mermaid. Dirty caused further scandal when she crashed a Halloween party at the elite Harvard Club in New York, posing naked and defying the club’s strict no nudity rule!  Keep it up, girl.

Dirty reunited with Dita von Teese, Catherine D’Lish, Perle Noire, Murray Hill and Selene Luna for a final run of Strip Strip Hooray! shows in the US, touring the South early in the year and then finishing up with a run in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. While in Chicago, Dirty performed in Michelle L’amour’s Pretty Funny and taught students at Studio L’amour.  She also performed in Audrey Deluxe’s Burlesque Bingo at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.

Stay tuned for more Dirty magic on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine in 2015.  I recently dusted off a ‘lost’ interview from 2011 which I look forward to sharing with you, as well as entertaining tour stories from 2014.

Dirty Martini at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2014 [VIDEO].
Dirty Martini and her Swan, filmed by Julie Atlas Muz in January 2014 [VIDEO].

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