The Cocoa Butter Club, by Biju Belinky

Sadie Sinner: Cocoa Butter Queen

“The Cocoa Butter Club gives a voice to The Other.  We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, and whilst our cabaret may not always look the same, please consider how artists draw on their past, present and futures and create work which reflects this.” After […]

Egypt Blaque Knyle, by Brian C Janes

Egypt Blaque Knyle: Entitled

Egypt Blaque Knyle seems to have come out of nowhere to dominate nearly every major burlesque competition.  In three years, she has amassed over twenty titles, earning the No.38 spot on the 21st Century Burlesque Magazine Burlesque Top 50 2016.  Some have begun speculating about this dynamic performer’s background, her history, and just what causes […]

Judith Stein at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2015: 58th Annual Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

Miss Judith Stein: Legendary

We invite you to enjoy Adele Wolf in conversation with one of the world’s best loved burlesque legends, the warm, witty and wise Miss Judith Stein, documenting her journey from college gogo dancer to burlesque headliner, and her ascendance to Legend at the Burlesque Hall of Fame.     Judith Stein began performing burlesque in […]

Dita Von Teese: The Art of the Tease

Dita Von Teese Reborn in The Art of the Teese

In March, I visited Dita Von Teese at The Crazy Horse Paris during her sold out return to the legendary erotic cabaret. As we shared a thrilling interval in Crazy founder Alain Bernardin’s backstage office as mutual superfans, I detected a noticeable glow of confidence in burlesque’s most famous and opulent star.  Little did I […]

Hamish McCann in La Soiree in Leicester Square this Christmas, by Prudence Upton.

La Soiree Star Hamish McCann in Pole Position

One of La Soiree’s brightest, hottest and jaw-droppingly fabulous stars is boylesque acrobat Hamish McCann, and we spoke to him about his iconic, roof-raising pole routine, which you can catch in London for the next few weeks…

Festive pinup vintage fashion at Vivien of Holloway

Vivien of Holloway: A Pinup Paradise

If you think of authentic pin up fashion in the UK, you think of Vivien of Holloway – the two simply go hand in hand. Vivien of Holloway have long been a supporter of the burlesque and vintage entertainment industry, sponsoring events up and down the UK. Their Holloway Road store offers an exclusive styling […]

Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas, by Shoshana Portnoy

Burlesque In 20: Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas

In a new interview series, celebrated burlesque performers answer twenty questions which document their career to date and their thoughts on contemporary burlesque, present and future. Blaze, The Red Rose of Texas is the first to tackle the interview.   Name: Blaze, the Red Rose of Texas Home location: Dallas, Texas Years performing: Five Training: Tap, Jazz and […]

Ursula Martinez, starring in La Soiree at Christmas in Leicester Square. Photo by Prudence Upton

Ursula Undressed: The Magic of Martinez

Like the fabled, festive Coca Cola truck, five star smash La Soiree has rolled into London again this Christmas with a twinkling Spiegeltent full of sass, smut, surprise, and sensational skill. We spoke to one of La Soiree‘s most celebrated heroines, Ursula Martinez, as she marks fifty fabulous years of life, laughter, and lewd, nude burlesque brilliance! (Hanky […]

7 Brazilian Burlesque Bombshells Worth Knowing

Miss Indigo Blue – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2011 and headmistress of the pioneering Academy of Burlesque – shines a light on some burlesque treasure from Brazil… Although we’re on opposite sides of the equator, Brazil and the US have always had a fascinating cultural exchange.  I’ve been to Brazil many times, […]

The Bic Carrol Show - Burlesque Legend

Costume and Conversation with Burlesque Legend Bic Carrol

Electra Mourning recounts an unforgettable learning experience at the Austin Academy of Burlesque in August, where she attended Costuming Tips and Tricks with burlesque legend Bic Carrol.   I was extremely nervous about taking a costuming class with Bic Carrol. His reputation as a two-time recipient of the Las Vegas Costumer of the Year award […]

Perle Noire: A Beautiful Imperfection

In 1984 Dick Clark of American Bandstand asked a very young, very ambitious Madonna what her dreams were, to which she paused for a beat before replying in total seriousness: “To rule the world.” As anyone who knows international burlesque star Perle Noire can attest, the renowned multi-hyphenate artist (performer, mentor, and most recently, producer […]