Presenting your Burlesque TOP 50 2014 NO. 1.
Please Note: The results are determined by thousands of public votes. I do not decide who makes it into this list. Please resist emailing me to complain or campaign.
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1. Roxi D’Lite
(Miss Exotic World 2010)
Your Burlesque TOP 50 2014 No. 1 burlesque figure in the world is Canada’s own Roxi D’Lite, and while some may be tempted to imagine this victory is simply due to her huge online social fan base, this would be a mistake and a disservice to one of the most hardworking, dedicated and world class women in the business.
I count every single vote form personally (yes, really – I’m f* crazy), and vote forms stuffed with her name and mentioning no one else, driven straight from her fan page, were actually a minority overall. Mostly I discovered vote forms with carefully considered lists of names, so many of which included hers. All Miss Exotic Worlds receive a lot of votes, of course, but I often counted vote forms which made it obvious where the voter was from – a list of names from Texas or New York for example – and time and again they saved one vote for Roxi. A performer in London confided that she had voted for Roxi alongside the UK performers she admired, because she found Roxi’s online performance footage, presence and interviews so inspiring and impressive. She longed to see her in the flesh one day and felt Roxi had as much impact on her progress as a performer as the UK acts she had seen and worked with.
This is a long-winded way of saying that this is a valid, very much deserved, international peer vote for a woman who embraces and combines her work as a gentlemen’s club feature entertainer and a burlesque performer equally and with pride, and who strives to present something high quality, creative and distinctive to each of those worlds.
I’ve had a lot of fun with Roxi whenever I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with her, but the majority of the time our correspondence is focused, detailed and extremely professional. Burlesque is her business, and while her ‘bad girl’ reputation is entertaining, she takes her work extremely seriously.
Anyway, let’s talk about some of her 2014 highlights. Already a Miss Exotic World, Roxi won some new awards in 2014. She was invited to compete in the Exotic Dancer Invitational where she was awarded ‘Showgirl Champion’ and ‘Best Dancer’. Two weeks later she entered the Grand Prix of Exotic Dance, winning ‘Best Exotic Performance’ and ‘Best Burlesque Performance’, and was crowned the ‘2014 World Champion of Exotic Dance’ for good measure.
Roxi made her annual pilgrimage to Detroit for Theatre Bizarre: The Illusionists’ Ball. Theatre Bizarre productions are truly incredible and Roxi is an extremely passionate supporter and cast member. This year she was joined by an all star burlesque cast including Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz , Darlinda Just Darlinda and Russell Bruner.
Roxi also performed in Lola Frost and Melody Mangler’s La Belle Pêche Nue in Vancouver, headlined the Montreal Grand Prix celebrations, appeared at the Monde Osé Royal Burlesque Ball, debuted her ‘Madame X’ routine at The Dirty Show in Detroit, and performed in the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend burlesque showcase.
Bring on 2015. I can’t wait.
P.S. Huge props to Christina Manuge who creates Roxi’s amazing costumes. Jo Weldon interviewed her for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine in 2014.
Quoted in major international newspapers and held in high esteem and affection by the international burlesque community, 21st Century Burlesque Magazine has documented the contemporary burlesque scene since 2007. Founded and edited by Holli-Mae Johnson.