Interviews

Enjoy a collection of burlesque interviews, including in-depth conversations with many of our striptease titans…

7 Brazilian Burlesque Bombshells Worth Knowing

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Miss Indigo Blue – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011 and headmistress of the pioneering Academy of Burlesque – shines a light on some burlesque treasure from Brazil… Although we’re on opposite sides of the equator, Brazil and the US have always had a fascinating cultural exchange.  I’ve been to Brazil many times, […]

Perle Noire: A Beautiful Imperfection

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In 1984 Dick Clark of American Bandstand asked a very young, very ambitious Madonna what her dreams were, to which she paused for a beat before replying in total seriousness: “To rule the world.” As anyone who knows international burlesque star Perle Noire can attest, the renowned multi-hyphenate artist (performer, mentor, and most recently, producer […]

Angie Pontani: From Showgirl to Showmom

Angie Pontani: From Showgirl to ShowmomRead more

New York burlesque star Angie Pontani (Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2008) is an inspirational woman I have always admired. As a fellow monster multi-tasker, I often have a WWAD (What Would Angie Do) moment when I think I can’t possibly do ALL THE THINGS for another second. When Angie revealed she was […]

Perle Noire Builds Her House

Burlesque dancer Perle Noire with her new troupe, House of Noire. Photo by David L. ByrdRead more

To see Perle Noire is to be instantly dazzled. You can tell she’s a rock star simply by the way she enters the stage. She combines her natural talent with relentless hard work and investment, and has become one of the most desireable stars on the international burlesque circuit today. Hotly pursued as an instructor, […]

Gin House Burlesque: Stripping with a Swing

Missy Fatale, Betsy Rose and Jolie Papillon at Gin House Burlesque. Photo by Chris BakerRead more

21st Century Burlesque Magazine thoroughly enjoyed Gin House Burlesque at The King’s Head – a spectacular, hidden jewel box in East London, commandeered by sparkling showgirls and a swarm of stylish revellers. Ivy Wilde discusses the superbly executed concept with co-creators Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon.     When did the idea for […]

From Root Canals to Bukaki: A Conversation with Julie Atlas Muz

Julie Atlas Muz, by Roxi D'Lite PhotographyRead more

While I had every intention of conducting a very earnest, professional and polite interview with Julie Atlas Muz, one half of the headlining husband (Mat Fraser) and wife team at the upcoming Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, May 6 and 7th, things somehow went off the rails very quickly. In the best possible way, mind you, […]

Dita Von Teese: Making Her Mark

Dita Von Teese at Crazy Horse Paris 2016, by Ali MahdaviRead more

Since our previous interviews in 2012, Dita Von Teese’s career has been a breathtaking trajectory of achievements and appearances, and I felt it was high time I checked in. We had a lot to discuss: a new, glossy tome of beauty advice and philosophy, a purring vinyl record, an upcoming return to Crazy Horse Paris and a […]