Dita Von Teese talks burlesque.
As the undisputed queen of burlesque, Dita Von Teese knows a thing or two about getting crowds hot and bothered. She’s bound to raise temperatures again with her most ambitious show to date, Strip, Strip, Hooray!, which is making a stop at Revolution Live (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954.449.1025) April 10-11. The tantalizing temptress told us what to expect from the evening, her take on men and why red lipstick makes everything better.
Are you excited about your South Florida visit? Yes. I’ve always enjoyed Miami. I love staying at The Raleigh, riding a bike down the boardwalk... and I always do a ton of vintage shopping. What can fans expect from your new show? It’s a 90-minute revue, and I’ve gathered some of the best burlesque performers from all over the world. I even have one of the most iconic acts from the Crazy Horse in Paris doing a number, and that’s never happened in America. We’ve heard the amount of Swarovski crystals on your outfits is quite significant. True? I’m giving Liberace a run for his money [laughs]. To put it in perspective, I do four acts and each of those acts has between 100,000 to 300,000 crystals in each number. If you like sparkly, glamorous things, this is the show for you. Speaking of glamour, you make going to the grocery store look good. How do you do it? I don’t dial up or dial down the glamour throughout the day, but I never leave my house without red lipstick. That red lipstick makes everything look dressed up. Who do you dress for? My look has never been based on what I think pleases men. In fact, I had a boyfriend once who cried when I dyed my hair from blond to jet black. Do you have difficulties meeting men? I’m told that men are intimidated to approach me, so it’s been difficult, yes. I’m an old-fashioned girl. But you’re still positive about romance? You have to be. Every breakup I’ve ever been through—and I’ve been through a lot—makes you learn about yourself. I’m the go-to [friend] for breakups. You’re an ambassador for Cointreau, so what’s your favorite cocktail to make? Anything that’s effortless. The Rickey with sparkling water, lime juice, Cointreau and ice is simple enough. What’s next for you? I’m super-focused on my two lingerie collections that launched at Bloomingdale’s. I don’t plan on bouncing around in a G-string for much longer. Final question: What’s the secret to feeling comfortable when you’re naked? I don’t know! I’m like every other woman. When I’m onstage, everything is controlled, and there’s very little actual nudity. But, what works for me, is looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I am thankful for the body I have, that my legs work and I’m in good health.’ That and a little red lipstick.