Dita von Teese, burlesque queen

Dita von Teese

Dita von Teese is the face and body of tasteful striptease.

Wearing sexy retro lingerie which accentuates a woman's curves, she has writhed her way to fame.

Her brief marriage to gloomy rockstar Marilyn Manson is forgotten.

Today, Von Teese is a spokeperson for Perrier, the sparkling French mineral water.

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Dita von Teese

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Dita von Teese is the new face and body of Perrier, the sparkling French mineral water. Dita stars in a high class interactive internet game called the Perrier Mansion, where users are invited to watch her in sexy lingerie whle she pours mineral water over her ample cleavage.

Dita reached stardom via her burlesque shows, a fancy term for striptease. The shows are tasteful, never hard core, relying heavily on retro fashion, 40s glamour, including stockings and garter belts, tight-fitting corsets, and sexy bras.

Readers might remember Dita's short-lived marriage to rock star Marilyn Manson, which came to an end when he dated Evan Rachel Wood, then a teenager, while married to Dita.

Sexy style

Dita, now 37, is not conventionally beautiful, nor is she striking in the way of Angelina Jolie or a young Faye Dunaway. She's sexy because of her style, impeccable taste, and attention to fashion details.

Dita von Teese

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She says: Whatever you feel most sexy in is what's important and that's going to make a good burlesque performance and a good striptease performance

Dita does not dress to make herself sexy for men. She wants to look the way she does. It satisfies her needs. Her style is vintage, 40s glamor, not brash but understated, elegant, and exquisitely feminine.

She explains: A lot of women look to me as someone who is embracing her sexual power and confidence and trying to explain you don't have to fit into the media's mainstream image of sexy.

Her fashion tastes developed in childhood. When I was a little girl, she says, I wanted to dress the way the stars did in movies from the '30s and '40s --especially ones that were set in the 1890s.

Dita worked in a lingerie store as a salesgirl when she was fifteen, eventually as a buyer.

The vast collection of clothes needed for her burlesque shows, social events, and photo shoots are found at vintage stores, often in Europe, but usually in the United States.

She says: I've been all over the world for vintage and I have to stand by it -- people argue with me about this all the time -- but the best vintage is in America.

Louboutin heels

She's often asked how many pairs of Louboutins she owns, a question that bores it because it suggests style and image are bought rather that built via creative effort.

An essential component of her style is to carry it through to her lifestyle. She's not a fashion icon who dresses up only for photo shoots and is seen in LA in sweatpants and sneakers, that is, her style is not current Hollywood.

She says: If I admire someone, I prefer to see them at their best. I don't want to see a woman that I think of as glamorous in the grocery store wearing sweatpants and a ripped T-shirt.

Dita loves the female desire to dress up but I feel like there aren't a lot of risk-takers. I really enjoy watching people like Madonna, or Cher, or Barbra Streisand on the red carpet. I want to see people wearing exciting things that are different and to know that they're not just looking for the latest, most normal thing.

Hurry along

Men and women are in too much of a hurry to take the time to dress with care and thought.

She loves when people take so much care over their appearance that they become unapproachable or intimidating.

She adores the exaggeration of feminine beauty. You'll find out exactly what she means by checking out the Perrier Mansion.

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