Dita Von Teese Confesses, “I Wouldn’t Be Who I Am If I Hadn’t Wandered Into A Strip Club At 19!”
Dita Von Teese shows off her infamous curves on the cover of the latest issue of Bwatt and reveals the twist of fate that landed her smack dab at the forefront of the burlesque world.
“It is kind of something that just happened very naturally, and I feel that the reason why I have this big burlesque career is because I wasn’t afraid of doing something that was considered risque, a taboo,” she said. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t wandered into a strip club at 19 years old and thought to myself that this might be a big adventure to work in a strip club. If I hadn’t done that, and felt that I could change people’s minds about striptease and what it was to be a stripper, I wouldn’t have the career that I have now.”
Wearing a skintight corset with a plunging neckline, old Hollywood-inspired red gloves, Wolford fishnet tights, and thousands of dollars in jewels by Neil Lane, the dancer admits she has always taken chances in her career and in her choice of fashion. “A lot of people looked down on me for walking into that strip club, but the fact that if I didn’t have that experience, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today,” she said. “So it’s also about not listening to what other people say, and just believing in what you are doing in that moment. You do it with integrity and honesty and authenticity with your own fascination for it and not really pay attention to what people think. If I did pay attention to what other people think I would still be blonde, I would not be wearing red lipstick, and I would not be wearing cat eyeliner. If I had listened to what men in my life had said early on, or photographers said to me early on, I wouldn’t be who I am!”
Now the sex symbol only hopes she can help inspire women to listen to their hearts and embrace their unique beauty. “I get pretty inspired by my fan base which is mostly women, of all ages, shapes, and ethnicities,” Von Teese said. “I am really inspired by the fact that predominantly it is women who come to the striptease shows, it doesn’t even make sense, but that’s really what’s happening. One of the reasons I will continue doing everything myself is that it is an important message to send to them, like hey, I did my own hair and makeup to go on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, standing next to any famous actress who has spent all day in hair and make-up with the ‘Glam Squad.’ I am doing it myself, so you can do it, too!”
Go behind-the-scenes of Dita’s glam shoot with Bwatt below. Are you a fan?