21st Century Burlesque Magazine

21st Century Burlesque Magazine has documented the contemporary burlesque scene since 2007. Founded and edited by Holli-Mae Johnson.

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Flowerbomb, by Robert Michael Evans
Seoul Burlesque: The Fight to Survive

It’s been almost 18 months since coronavirus reared its ugly head and brought the world…

Briq House, by Miss Prys
Standing Strong: The Black Magick of Briq House

The first time I saw Ms. Briq House perform, she was the headlining act at…

Betty Q by Klaudia Balazy
Betty Q: The Radical Grand Dame of Polish Burlesque

Betty Q has never been one to shrink from a challenge. Even as we talk,…

Jeanie Wishes by Veronika Marx, featured in Showgirl Shutdown: Posing in the Pandemic
Top Marx for Lockdown Inspired Burlesque Book

Spring 2021 brings renewed confidence that live performance can return after a year of Covid…

Lola Van Ella and the Shadowban cast rehearsing in New Orleans
Shadowban Puts New Orleans Performers Back in Spotlight

In the face of personal tragedy and a rampant global pandemic, veteran show pony Lola…

Burlesque star Frankie Fictitious and her Rose AB stones. Image Anthony Notes
How to Rhinestone a Burlesque Costume – and help Black Performers Shine On

As the global burlesque scene tries to survive and adapt in this unprecedented and uncertain…

The Ultimate Burlesque Lingerie Guide - In Intimate Detail (Cora Harrington by Lars Kommienezuspadt)
The Ultimate Burlesque Costume Lingerie Guide – In Intimate Detail

From Lydia Thompson’s scandalous hosiery and Tempest Storm’s net bras, to Dita and D’Lish unlacing…

Black Burlesque Directory makes all-white lineups and tokenism "inexcusable" says creator (Image: Candace Majors)
Black Burlesque Directory makes all-white lineups and tokenism “inexcusable” says creator

Since 2010, Chicago-based, award-winning burlesque powerhouse Po’Chop has headlined shows across the US, starred in…

Poison Ivory is crowned Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Copyright: John-Paul Bichard for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Livestreams and Couch Queens? BHoF goes digital, and we have questions…

Earlier this year, the Burlesque Hall of Fame announced that, due to the Covid-19 crisis,…

The Noire Pageant Healing Circle by Will M
Black Burlesque Queen Perle Noire Makes History with POC Pageant

In a 2016 interview with Jessica Price, burlesque powerhouse Perle Noire remarked that “any time…

Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender 2020 Postponed
BHoF 2020 Postponed: Exclusive Details

In light of the ongoing global Covid-19 crisis, the Burlesque Hall of Fame has made…