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TELL IT, SISTER! [Aug. 2nd, 2007|10:14 pm]
"It's interesting that there's a big burlesque revival right now, but we're seeing a really commercialized version. We're not seeing the strip. I perform the strip, but a lot of the commercialized, mainstream burlesque clubs and people that are trying to bring this back don't really understand the history of it. They forget that there was a past to it, and even the big stars like Gypsy Rose Lee and Lili St. Cyr stripped down to pasties and G-strings back in the '30s and '40s and '50s. So it's really important to me to remind people that that's really what burlesque was. It wasn't about singing "Fever" and dancing around in hot pants and fishnets and calling it burlesque because there's a retro vibe to it—it was about the striptease."

Dita Von Teese

[User Picture]From: ballistikgirl
2007-08-03 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh my god yes. The one thing I dislike about everyone getting "in on burlesque" is that any girl thinks she can get up on stage in a thong and pasties and shake it all around. It's an ART, teasing and undressing. You don't just whore it up.
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[User Picture]From: utterlyopiate
2007-08-03 11:17 am (UTC)
I just hate how they all get up there and stay fully clothed and prance around. It's about stripping. If you don't wanna strip....don't call yourself a burlesque performer. It's also not a political issue, and it's ALSO not an excuse for an extremely fat girl to get half naked and make a "statement" about her sexuality. lol
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