Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, by Tomas Orihuela.

Meet the New Burlesque Queen of New Orleans

Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière has been crowned ‘Queen of Burlesque’ at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, in a classic burlesque contest where competitors perform accompanied by a live band. Routines sometimes last up to eight minutes and transition over two or three traditional burlesque melodies, which defies the typical four minute rule at […]

INGA is crowned Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2018 in the Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. Photo © MC Newman

First Look: INGA – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018

Last night, in the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas, INGA was crowned Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018. Jessabelle Thunder took 1st Runner Up, with Elle Dorado in third place. Read full results from Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament of Tease 2018 here. Enjoy this first look at our new Queen being crowned, and […]

Results: Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament of Tease 2018

Live Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend results from the 2018 Tournament of Tease, including the title of Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque; Best Debut; Best Boylesque; and Best Groups. Stay tuned for photos and further reports.     Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2018 INGA     First Runner-Up: Jessabelle Thunder […]

Burlesque legend Judith Stein leads Darlinda Just Darlinda, Roxi D'Lite and others in a pool conga at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015. ©Don Spiro

How to be Sad at BHoF

Last year I got dumped by another performer right before BHOF. What was meant to be this grand adventure together had turned into a solo obligation. The trip was further complicated by my going viral over wearing short shorts on a plane. During this already emotional time I was fielding interviews, hate mail, and strange […]

Josephine Baker Still Gives Life to Burlesque and Pinup Women of Colour

What things her gaze conceals, yet gives acknowledgement to. What horrors, yet what joys. “Josephine Baker” I whisper to myself before shows, willfully propelling myself forward, no matter the obstacles. Others say Josephine is why they began their careers. What exactly did Josephine Baker give us, give this world, for which we pay homage to her […]

Burlesque Costume Storage Guide, by Dinah Might

Burlesque Costume Storage Guide: How to Store and Care for your Burlesque Costumes

Behold! The Burlesque Costume Closet of your Dreams! Dinah Might is known for the immaculate condition of her high-end costumes. She acquired two of Catherine D’lish’s original, iconic costumes in an ebay auction in 2011, including ‘That Big Black Dress’ (Catherine and Dita Von Teese – who has a matching dress – even performed duos […]

Michelle L’amour Reveals Painful Secret in Emotional Video Statement

Yesterday evening, Michelle L’amour – Miss Exotic World 2005 and celebrated superstar of contemporary burlesque – unveiled a surprise video statement, revealing a painful disease she has lived with since childhood – Alopecia.

Alyssa Kitt competing for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine

Review: Miss Exotic World (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Tas Deville reports on the Miss Exotic World category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 Tournament of Tease. Here we are once more, sparkle folx: another year rolls forth, bringing with it another Tournament of Tease. As ever, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to bring to you my reflections on and reviews of the […]

Gin House Burlesque: The Roaring Twenties Revue at the Underbelly Festival 2017. Photo by Paul Monckton

Review: Gin House Burlesque (Underbelly Festival 2017)

London burlesque heavyweights Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon have conjured immersive magic at The King’s Head members club with Gin House Burlesque, a heady evening of tease, tipples and prohibition chic. An adaptation – The Roaring Twenties Revue – has been brought to the Underbelly Spiegeltent to spice up the South Bank.   […]

Review: Best Debut (Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017)

Tas Deville reports on the Best Debut category at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 Tournament of Tease. Each year, the Best Debut competition provides a glimpse into the up-and-coming heavy-hitters of the burlesque world, and this year’s competition was no different. In a dizzying array of styles, songs, and sequins, the ten debut […]

Le Bouge Neon at Underbelly Festival 2017, by Jen Pearce.

Review: Le Bouge Neon (Underbelly Festival 2017)

Le Bouge Neon, a “disco drama” created by Moulin Rouge dancer Fallon Dee and comedian Chris Fitchew which claims to “celebrate women, art and tease”, is one of a pleasing number of burlesque and cabaret shows included at the Underbelly Festival this year, all taking place in the twinkling Spiegeltent. The success of the production’s […]