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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50. Bella De Jac
- Managing Director and founder of the Australian Burlesque Association.
- Managing Director of the Australian Burlesque Museum
- Miss Burlesque Australia 2015
2016 Appearances: Glitter Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival (The Guilts – “Hearts” guest performer), Perth International Burlesque Festival (Headliner), Australian Burlesque Festival (Feature performer) Baby Got Back Fringe World Festival Perth (Performer). Co- Producer/Headliner of Bitch Stole My Act with Alyssa Kitt.
49. Trixie Little
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2015
- Producer/performer of T’its a Wonderful Life, Shameless, The Queen of Everything
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Colorado Burlesque Festival, Vienna Boylesque Festival, Hawaii Burlesque Festival. Miss Exotic World stepdown performance at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.
48. Bazuka Joe
- Performer in Clipper Cabaret, Lush, The Naughty Little Cabaret
- Co-Producer of The Vertical Sideshow
2016 Appearances: Choreographing/performing in A Spectaculaire New Year’s Speakeasy. Headliner: Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival, Colorado Burlesque Festival. Producer of Let’s Have A Kiki at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. Feature Performer: Show Me Burlesque Festival.
47. Sassy von Straddler
2016 Appearances: Competed for Best Debut at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. Performer: Toronto Burlesque Festival, Colorado Burlesque Festival, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, Windy City Burlesque Festival.
46. Havana Hurricane
- Producer of Leeds Burlesque Velvet Curtain Cabaret and Co-Director of Leeds Burlesque
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Forbidden New Burlesque (Brussels). Performer: Helsinki Burlesque Festival, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Vienna Boylesque Festival, Burlesque Noir at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
45. Indigo Blue
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011
- Headmistress of the Academy of Burlesque
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival, Brasilia Burlesque Festival. Performances: Helsinki Burlesque Festival, Nerdlesque Festival, YES, Nos Temos Burlesco Burlesque Festival in Rio de Janiero. Starred in Bodacious Barbarian Babes vs. The Indigo Empress! Shows with The Atomic Bombshells. Directed the 9th Burlycon in Seattle.
- Announced as headliner Vienna Boylesque Festival 2017 and performer Helsinki Burlesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Performances in Melbourne, Berlin, Zagreb, Brussels, Munich, Bruges, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich. Performer: Toulouse Boylesque Festival, Vienna Boylesque Festival, Berlin Burlesque Week, Geneva Burlesque Festival. Headliner: Devils In High Heels Bruxelles Burlesque festival,
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Herefordshire Pride. Performances: Queerlesque (Florence), Nasty Boys Saloon (Treviso), Helsinki Burlesque Festival, London Burlesque Festival.
- Producer of the Vienna Boylesque Festival
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Queerlesque Festival (Florence), Stuttgart Burlesque Festival. Performer: Devils in High Heels Burlesque Festival, Vienna Boylesque Festival, Seattle Boylesque Festival. Performances in Warsaw, Paris, Stockholm, Zurich, Vienna, Brussels. Crowned Queen of Geneva at Geneva Burlesque Festival 2016
42. Lolo Brow
- Member of Family Fierce
- Co-Producer: L.A.D.S and Are You Game?
- Announced: Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Performer: Kinky & Quirky 100 Show, Catnip Festival, House of Burlesque London Wonderground.
41. Michelle L’amour
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2005
- Owner/Operator: Studio L’Amour
- Founder: Naked Girls Reading
2016 Appearances: Producer/Performer: Unbridled, Big Sexy Show. Unveiled new bath tub act (you should see the tub) on New Year’s Eve. Headliner: Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend Burlesque Showcase.
40. Kitty Bang Bang
- Residencies at Circus and Soho Burlesque Club
- Famed for flaming absinthe glass act
2016 Appearances: Between the Sheets at London Wonderground, Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend Burlesque Showcase. Played flamethrower guitar with ZZ Top at Goodwood Festival Of Speed for Cirque Bijou.
39. Alyssa Kitt
- New South Wales ambassador for the Australian Burlesque Museum
- Feature writer and editor for Adore Pinup magazine.
2016 Appearances: Co- Producer/Headliner Bitch Stole My Act. Headliner: Australian Burlesque Festival, Venus Starr’s Grand Carousel.
38. Egypt Blaque Knyle
- Producer: Bronze Beauties of Burlesque
- Miss Viva Las Vegas Runner Up 2016
- ‘Best Performer’, Great Burlesque Exposition 2016
- Burly Picks International Overall Winner; ‘Master of Assels’, Most Fierce, Best Dancer, Best Costume.
- Crowned Miss San Antonio Burlesque 2016 (San Antonio Burlesque Festival)
- Winner of the 2016 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend
2016 Appearances: Headliner, Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue. Performer: Oregon Burlesque Festival
37. Imogen Kelly
- Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2012
- Announced: Headliner, Prague Burlesque Festival 2017
- Launched Australia’s Queen of Burlesque (“A bi-annual search for Australia’s true Burlesque queens by Australia’s Original Queen of Burlesque”)
2016 Appearances: One Woman Show, Herstory. Headliner: Stockholm Burlesque Festival, Australian Burlesque Festival, Perth International Burlesque Festival, Sydney Burlesque Gala. Featured in Stripping from the Inside Out, Australia’s first documentary on revealing the Sydney burlesque industry.
36. Sydni Deveraux
- 1st Runner Up, Miss Exotic World 2013
- Producer: Wasabassco Burlesque, inc. House of Deveraux (curated, hosted, presented by Sydni Deveraux).
- Headliner: Montreal Burlesque Festival 2016, Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue
35. Rubyyy Jones
- Producer: Save Rubyyy Jones Presents…
- Announced: Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Toronto Burlesque Festival, Bristol Burlesque Festival, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, Queerlesque in collaboration with Florence Queer Festival. One Woman Show: HIDDEN WOMYYYN.
34. Jett Adore
- Announced: Headliner, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival 2017
- Burlesque Hall of Fame ‘Most Innovative’ 2011
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Caput Mundi International Burlesque Award, Rivista Burlesca, Silk Ribbon Cabaret (Italy), Toronto Burlesque Festival. Feature performer in Dita Von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray!
33. Zelia Rose
- Winner of Best Debut at Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015
- Miss Burlesque Australia 2014
2016 Appearances: Headliner: Australian Burlesque Festival, The Burlesque Masquerade Ball 2016, New Zealand. Performer: Final Australian Tour of The Empire Strips Back, Fringe World Perth: Swing Time Variety Show, guest performer at Cult Fiction and Noir Review.
32. Reuben Kaye
- Announced: One man show at Fringe World Perth 2017
2016 Appearances: Berlin Burlesque Festival, Burlesque Noir at The Blackpool Ballroom, Vienna Boylesque Festival, Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique, London Wonderground. Seven Sins at Cafe De Paris (Director and host). Too Much …is never enough at The Savoy Theatre, Helsinki (Producer). Solo show, Reuben Kaye: Plugged! Bring the kids! (Don’t bring the kids!) at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
31. Nuit Blanche
- Founding Partner of Silk Ribbon Cabaret team and Silk Ribbon Burlesque Academy
- ‘Best Classic Act’ at the Milan Extraordinaire Festival 2015.
- ‘Queen of Neo Burlesque’ at the Amsterdam Burlesque Award 2015
- Announced: Performer, Hamburg Burlesque Festival 2017
2016 Appearances: Caput Mundi Burlesque Award 2016. Winner of ‘Queen of Burlesque Stuttgart’ at Stuttgart Burlesque Festival.
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