Every year, thousands of burlesque professionals, peers and fans vote for their TOP 50 Burlesque Industry Figures, and the results are in for the Burlesque TOP 50 2016.  If you are new to this extremely popular process, please read the Burlesque TOP 50 Essential Guide here
 

The Burlesque TOP 50 2016 is sponsored by

Sublime Boudoir: Sponsoring The Burlesque TOP 50.Coming to New York in May 2017 with a spectacular new event.

 

Burlesque TOP 50 2016 - 21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Burlesque TOP 50 2016 – 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

 

20. Lola the Vamp

  • Headlines own show Vamp & Burn
  • Releasing an album with her band The Desert Blues Cartel
  • Hosts Dr Sketchy’s Brisbane

2016 Appearances: Performer: Berlin Burlesque Week, Como Lake Burlesque Festival, Australian Burlesque Festival, Stockholm Burlesque Festival.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Lola The Vamp at the Perth International Burlesque Festival. ©John Leonard
Lola The Vamp at the Perth International Burlesque Festival. ©John Leonard

 

19. Red Bone

  • Part of award winning group Foxy Tann & The Wham Bam Thank You Ma’ams (‘Best Troupe’ and ‘Most Vegas’ at the Burlesque Hall of FameWeekend 2006)
  • Co-hosts The Nudie Nubie Show – An Amateur Reveal

2016 Appearances: Headliner: Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival, Dallas Burlesque Festival. Performer: Visions of Sugarplums: A Burlesque Nutcracker!, The Roux- A Spicy Brown Burlesque Festival, Minneapolis Burlesque Festival (feature), Oregon Burlesque Festival, Miss Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, Texas Burlesque Festival (feature), Houston Burlesque Festival.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

RedBone at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.
RedBone at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

 

Ray Gunn at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.
Ray Gunn at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

 

18. Ray Gunn

  • ‘Best Boylesque’ at Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2013
  • Producer/Performer: The Vertical Sideshow
  • Launching and brand new show Neon Peepshow – the dirtier side of the Vertical Family in February 2017

2016 Appearances: Headliner: Toronto Burlesque Festival, First Annual Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival, Vermont Burlesque Festival. Performer: Michigan Burlesque Festival.

Facebook

 

 

Lola Van Ella, by Virginia Harold
Lola Van Ella, by Virginia Harold

 

17. Lola Van Ella

  • Produces Show-Me Burlesque Festival, The Shimmy Showdown, The Big Gay Soiree, and Spectaculaire.
  • CEO of VanElla Productions and Studio

2016 Appearances: Headliner: Como Lake Burlesque Festival. Produced first international event, LezDance in Paris, September 2016.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Koston Kreme, by Quinn Farrell
Koston Kreme, by Quinn Farrell

 

16. Koston Kreme

  • Co-founder of Capital Tease Burlesque, producer of two monthly shows and Ottawa’s annual Capital Burlesque Expo

2016 Appearances: Performer: Toronto Burlesque Festival, Ottowa Capital Pride, Fierce! International Queer Burlesque Festival, Dita Von Teese Book Launch Tour.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Bella Blue, by Marc Pagani
Bella Blue, by Marc Pagani

 

15. Bella Blue

  • Headmistress, New Orleans School of Burlesque
  • Co-producer at Bella Blue Entertainment: Whiskey & Rhinestones, The Blue Book Cabaret, Legs and Eggs Burlesque Brunch, The Dirty Dime Peepshow, Strip Roulette

2016 Appearances: Headliner: Bristol Burlesque Festival. Performer: Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, New York Burlesque Festival, Brussels Burlesque Festival, Montreux Tattoo Convention.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Burlesque Business Network

 

14. Vicky Butterfly

  • ‘Most Dazzling Dancer’, Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016

2016 Appearances: Performer: Caput Mundi International Burlesque Awards, Tampere Burlesque Exposé. Performances in Paris, Hamburg, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Belgium, Canberra and Geneva.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Vicky Butterfly at the Toronto Burlesque Festival 2015, by Chris Hutcheson.
Vicky Butterfly at the Toronto Burlesque Festival 2015, by Chris Hutcheson.

 

13. Lada Redstar

  • Miss Exotic World 1st Runner Up, Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016
  • ‘Best Debut’,  Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2013
  • Producer/Presenter of Burlesque on Air
  • Announced: Headliner, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2017

2016 Appearances: Performer: Bohemian Burlesque Festival, Stuttgart Burlesque Festival, Geneva Burlesque Festival, Berlin Burlesque Week. Competitor: Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Lada Redstar competes for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Copyright: John-Paul Bichard
Lada Redstar competes for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Copyright: John-Paul Bichard

 

Betsy Rose at Gin House Burlesque. Photo by Chris Baker
Betsy Rose at Gin House Burlesque. Photo by Chris Baker

 

12. Betsy Rose

  • Co-Producer/Performer, Gin House Burlesque (celebrating one year of sold out shows)

2016 Appearances: Performer: Montreux Tattoo Convention, Hundred Watt Club, The Wet Spot. European tour: Verbier, Tuscany, Lausanne, Venice and Milan.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Lola Frost at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2015. Image copyright Jean Paul Bichard.
Lola Frost at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2015. Image copyright Jean Paul Bichard.

 

11. Lola Frost

  • Co-Director of the Vancouver Burlesque Centre
  • Integral member of Sweet Soul Burlesque
  • Miss Exotic World 2nd Runner Up, Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2013
  • Announced: Headliner, Texas Burlesque Festival 2017

2016 Appearances: Performer: Edmonton Burlesque Festival, Vancouver Burlesque Festival, Vancouver Fetish Weekend, Show Me Burlesque Festival, Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase. Instructor at BurlyCon 2016.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

10 – 4 >>>