THE BURLESQUE TOP 50 2020

21st Century Burlesque Magazine is pleased to present the 12th Burlesque TOP 50 – the 50 most influential burlesque industry figures of 2020, voted for by thousands of burlesque peers and fans worldwide.

With live entertainment shut down worldwide for much of the year, and artists often at the back of the queue for financial aid, it’s been easy to feel forgotten and irrelevant.

Some of us have made the necessary and understandable decision to take shelter, care for loved ones, and try to stay afloat emotionally and economically. Others have found ways to perform offstage, create innovative online experiences, rally their peers and fans, and support their communities.

We’re still here – and there’s still so much to celebrate. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2021.

Burlesque TOP 50 2020 Voting Breakdown

Burlesque TOP 50 2020 is sponsored by

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50

Mara De Nudee, by Neil Kendall
Mara De Nudee, by Neil Kendall

Mara De Nudee

Facebook –  Instagram Website

49

The Noire Pageant King of Burlesque Tre' Da Marc, by Jane Kratochvil
The Noire Pageant King of Burlesque Tre' Da Marc, by Jane Kratochvil

Tre’ Da Marc

InstagramWebsite

48

Crocodile Lightning by Greg Inda.
Crocodile Lightning by Greg Inda.

Crocodile Lightning

Instagram Website

47

The Noire Pageant Queen of Burlesque Chola Magnolia, by Jane Kratochvil
The Noire Pageant Queen of Burlesque Chola Magnolia, by Jane Kratochvil

Chola Magnolia

Facebook –  Instagram

46

Jazida at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media
Jazida at the Australian Burlesque Festival 2016. Image copyright 3 Fates Media

Jazida

Instagram Website

45

Little Peaches, by Mark Lycett
Little Peaches, by Mark Lycett

Little Peaches

Facebook –  Instagram

Ginger Valentine Strip School

44

Raquel Reed, by Steward Noack
Raquel Reed, by Steward Noack

Raquel Reed

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

43

Isaiah Esquire, by Tigz Rice
Isaiah Esquire, by Tigz Rice

Isaiah Esquire

Instagram

42

Matt Finish in the Icons and All Stars Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Matt Finish in the Icons and All Stars Showcase at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers.

Matt Finish

Instagram

41

Elektra Cute ©Emma Freeman
Elektra Cute ©Emma Freeman

Elektra Cute

InstagramWebsite

40

Workin the Tease: GiGi Holliday performing in The Best of Baltimore: A Night of Burlesque. ©Richard Just
Workin the Tease: GiGi Holliday performing in The Best of Baltimore: A Night of Burlesque. ©Richard Just

GiGi Holliday

Website –  Instagram

39

Donna Hood, by Kaylin Idora.
Donna Hood, by Kaylin Idora.

Donna Hood

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

Christina Manuge Patreon

38

Front Row Paul (left) with Mr Gorgeous (right). (CP)
Front Row Paul (left) with Mr Gorgeous (right). (CP)

Front Row Paul

Instagram Website

37

Willy LaQueue, by Melody Mudd
Willy LaQueue, by Melody Mudd

Willy LaQueue

Instagram

36

Briq House by Heather Schofner
Briq House by Heather Schofner

Briq House

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

35

Moscato Extatique by MC Newman
Moscato Extatique by MC Newman

Moscato Extatique

Instagram Website

34

Aria Delanoche by Tigz Rice
Aria Delanoche by Tigz Rice

Aria Delanoche

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

33

Chris Oh! by Ed Barnas
Chris Oh! by Ed Barnas

Chris Oh!

Facebook –  Instagram

Velvet Revue Burlesque Show

32

Ginevra Joyce, by Giuseppe Cardillo
Ginevra Joyce, by Giuseppe Cardillo

Ginevra Joyce

Facebook –  Instagram

31

Zyra Lee Vanity by Dolly Shots Photography
Zyra Lee Vanity by Dolly Shots Photography

Zyra Lee Vanity

Facebook –  Instagram

30

Poison Ivory competes for Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Copyright: John-Paul Bichard
Poison Ivory, by John-Paul Bichard

Poison Ivory

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

29

Cleopantha by V's Anchor Studio / Veronika Marx
Cleopantha by V's Anchor Studio / Veronika Marx

Cleopantha

Website –  Instagram

28

Michelle L'amour. (CP)
Michelle L'amour. (CP)

Michelle L’amour

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

27

Dita Von Teese, by Albert Sanchez
Dita Von Teese, by Albert Sanchez

Dita Von Teese

Website – Instagram – Facebook

Josephine Burlesque Classes

26

Kitten 'N' Lou at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. C. Bob Debris
Kitten 'N' Lou, by Bob Debris

Kitten ‘N’ Lou

Facebook –  Instagram Website

25

Ruby Champagne by Glamorama Studio
Ruby Champagne by Glamorama Studio

Ruby Champagne

Instagram Website

24

Lola Coquette by Meg Nanna
Lola Coquette by Meg Nanna

Lola Coquette

Instagram Website

23

Betsy Rose, by Neil Kendall
Betsy Rose, by Neil Kendall

Betsy Rose

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

22

Sweetpea, by Shoshana Portnoy.
Sweetpea, by Shoshana Portnoy.

Sweetpea

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

21

Jezebel Express by Ben Trivett
Jezebel Express by Ben Trivett

Jezebel Express

Facebook –  InstagramWebsite

Donna Touch Fans

20

Samson Night, by Bettina May
Samson Night, by Bettina May

Samson Night

Instagram

19

Jake Dupree (Self portrait.)
Jake Dupree (Self portrait.)

Jake DuPree

InstagramWebsite

18

Lolo Brow, by Anthony Lycett
Lolo Brow, by Anthony Lycett

Lolo Brow

Facebook –  Instagram Website

17

Medianoche, Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2017, by Neil Kendall
Medianoche, by Neil Kendall

Medianoche

Website – Instagram – Facebook

16

Egypt Blaque Knyle, by Markus Alias Photography
Egypt Blaque Knyle, by Markus Alias Photography

Egypt Blaque Knyle

Facebook –  Instagram

15

Demi Noire by Paul Monckton
Demi Noire by Paul Monckton

Demi Noire

Facebook –  Instagram

Agent Provocateur (US)

14

Shimmy LaRoux, by Greg Inda
Shimmy LaRoux, by Greg Inda

Shimmy LaRoux

InstagramWebsite

13

Bettie Bombshell 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
Bettie Bombshell by Honey Beavers

Bettie Bombshell

WebsiteFacebook –  Instagram

12

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

Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière

Facebook –  Instagram

11

Dirty Martini by Steven Menendez
Dirty Martini by Steven Menendez

Dirty Martini

Website – Instagram – Facebook

10

Po'Chop, creator of the Black Burlesque Directory (Image: Carrie Meyer, Insomniac Studios)
Po'Chop, creator of the Black Burlesque Directory (Image: Carrie Meyer, Insomniac Studios)

Po Chop

WebsiteTwitter –  Instagram

9

Wild Flower: Zelia Rose on Locking Down and Finding Her Style - 21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Zelia Rose, by Jess Brohier.

Zelia Rose

WebsiteInstagram – Facebook

INTIMINA Cups

8

Jessabelle Thunder, by MC Newman.
Jessabelle Thunder, by MC Newman.

Jessabelle Thunder

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

7

Tito Bonito, awarded Most Comedic at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2017. Image by Honey Beavers, exclusively for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Tito Bonito, by Honey Beavers

Tito Bonito

Facebook –  InstagramWebsite

6

RedBone by Tigz Rice
RedBone by Tigz Rice

RedBone

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

5

Perle Noire. ©Kaylin Idora 2013 (The Burlesque TOP 50 2013)
Perle Noire. ©Kaylin Idora

Perle Noire

Website – Instagram – Facebook

4

Ginger Valentine (CP)
Ginger Valentine (CP)

Ginger Valentine

Website – Facebook – Instagram

3

Frankie Fictitious by Tigz Rice
Frankie Fictitious by Tigz Rice

Frankie Fictitious

Facebook –  Instagram – Website

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender

2

Siomai Moore by Bettina May
Siomai Moore by Bettina May

Siomai Moore

Website – Instagram – Podcast

1

Jeez Loueez & Lola Van Ella

#doover #no1plus1

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