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.
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3. Jeez Loueez
- Producer: Jeezy’s Juke Joint
- Miss Viva Las Vegas 2012
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Texas Queerlesque Festival, Fierce: International Queer Burlesque Festival, Show-Me Burlesque Festival, Alterna-TEASE: The New England Neo-Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Nerdlesque Festival. Competed for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.
2. Perle Noire
- Producer, House of Noire
- Instructor, New York School of Burlesque
- Announced: Helsinki Burlesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, Vienna Boylesque Festival, Calgary Burlesque Festival. Performer: San Antonio Burlesque Festival, The Roux – A Spicy Brown Burlesque Festival. Toured with Dita Von Teese in Strip Strip Hooray! United States and Australia tours.
Burlesque TOP 50 2016 NO 1: Dirty Martini
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2004
- Burlesque TOP 50 No. 1 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Australia Burlesque Festival tour, Toronto Burlesque Festival, Bohemian Burlesque Festival. Cabaret New Burlesque mini tour, France. Jury member of the Geneva International Film Festival. Appeared in Vogue Italia’s Fashion 2016 issue, photographed by Steven Klein. Premiered new act Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. Toured with Dita Von Teese in the Strip Strip Hooray! United States tour. Just generally kicked ass like the icon she is.
Non Performer lists and Bonus lists to come next week. Huge thanks to the thousands of you who vote and support the poll year after year, and special thanks to Ivy Wilde for an incredible amount of research, and Jacqueline Hyde for technical support.
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