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I Strip Because Too Many Women Hate Their Bodies

Adiba Nelson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Women
Adiba Nelson

You see, I don't look like anything you are supposed to find conventionally beautiful, sexy, or even socially acceptable. I don't have a thigh gap. As a matter of fact, my thighs actually clap sometimes when I dance. I love this. My body comes with a built in cheering section. Bad. Ass.

Big Girls Can't Dance? Oh Yes We Can

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 03.30.2016 | Women
Stacie Huckeba

I often wonder how my entire life might have played out differently had my dance instructors focused on the fact that I have ridiculously long legs (which are perfect for dancing) instead of the fact that my boobs were too big for that fringy costume.

The Stripped Word and Naked Girls

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Leslie Zemeckis

Naked Girls Reading sounded like a fabulous evening; naked beauties sitting around reading literature to a paid audience. What a novel idea for a literary salon. But which came first, the nudity or the literature?

You've Never Seen A 'Snow White' Quite Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.10.2016 | Queer Voices

The fairy tale “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” has been an opera, a ballet and, of course, a Disney animated feature. It’s safe to say, however, t...

Your Visual Guide To The Timeless Queens Of Pin-Up

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.03.2016 | Arts

The bombshell above is Fannie Belle Fleming, also known as Blaze Starr, the stripper and comedienne hailed as the Queen of Burlesque. She was known fo...

Dita Von Teese Thinks All Women Should Own These Items

Erika Hardison | Posted 01.26.2016 | Style
Erika Hardison

Besides a good red lipstick, Teese believes having self-confidence and individualistic glamour is just as important.

Minsky Stripper Turns 100 (the Last Living Star of Burlesque)

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

On January 23, 1916, Betty Jane Rowland was born in Columbus, Ohio. On the day of her 100th birthday I spent the afternoon with the still flame-haired...

Some Girls Can Sing, Some Girls Can Dance. Then There's Marcy Richardson.

Mara White | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts
Mara White

Performer Marcy Richardson is a professional and award wining opera singer, acrobatic pole dancer and aerialist. She is currently performing in Company XIV's Nutcracker Rouge and can be seen six nights a week at the Minetta Lane Theater.

Burlesque 101: Sexy and Feminist

Johanna Evans | Posted 12.15.2015 | Women
Johanna Evans

They feel like strong, feminist characters, pursuing goals that are more interesting (and admittedly more dangerous) than trying to find Mr. Right, but even so the exploitation of these women's bodies is pretty disgusting.

Burlesque, Bodies and Breaking Boundaries in South Africa

Christopher Clark | Posted 12.02.2015 | Arts
Christopher Clark

Tenille Lindeque-Joshua, aka Lady Magnolia. Image courtesy of Christopher Clark I have a tendency to approach things I don't understand with skeptici...

Last Week to Catch Company XIV's World Premiere of Cinderella

Mara White | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Mara White

The result is a live performance that defines itself as it goes, taking the raw talent of the performers and the energy of the audience to mold the backbone. The freedom and fluidity that ensues is contagious.

Kitten N' Lou: The World's Show-Busiest Couple!

Wes Hurley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wes Hurley

In the worlds of burlesque, cabaret and queer performance there's no hotter couple right now than Kitten N' Lou.

Burlesque: Always a Woman's Game

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

I am just back from a weekend as a judge at Rick Delaup's 7th annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival in the Big Easy.

Was Lili St. Cyr an Accidental Feminist?

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Leslie Zemeckis

I am praised for showing Lili to be a one such; a pioneer, a free-thinking independent woman. Yet, I had to question, was she a feminist?

81-Year-Old Burlesque Dancer Is The Poster Girl For Confidence

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.08.2015 | Fifty

Worry about how you look in your underwear? Don't. This 81-year-old burlesque dancer will inspire you to have all the confidence in the world. Meet Ly...

Kim Gordon And Peaches Teach Us The Art Of Lucha VaVoom

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts

Only good things can happen when Sonic Youth goddess Kim Gordon teams up with electropunk dissident Peaches. The two musical badasses star in a vide...

15th Anniversary Edition of Tiki Oasis Recreates Original Backyard Fun but on a Much Bigger Scale

Jim Hill | Posted 08.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Picture this: It's the mid-1980s. And after years of living in tiny apartments in & around San Diego, graphic artist Otto von Stroheim is now renting ...

The Santa Cruz Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Many music festivals are located in outskirts, wildernesses and boonies with the idea of creating a relocated community away from the normalcy of city life. Even city festivals usually take place at a venue that though proximal to city life, makes festival-goers feel as if they are in a timeless and placeless dimension.

Living Burlesque Legends On Why They Love The Art Of The Tease

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts

WHY I LOVE BURLESQUE! For Today's Episode of Workin' The Tease we honor the Burlesque Legends, who we interviewed at this year's Burlesque Hall of Fa...

Priscilla Frank

Former Burlesque Stars Prove Eroticism Has No Age Limit (NSFW)

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work. La Savona, Indianapolis Indiana 2012 It takes a brave spirit -- of ...

Circ X Is Amazing and Deserves a Residency in Miami

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 06.30.2015 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

After catching their recent performance at the Fillmore, it's sort of easy to describe Circ X using the words cabaret, burlesque, performance art, multi-media circus, Cirque-style performance, sexy, racy, lacy, operatic, laugh out loud comedic, well-curated, with awesome set and costume designs.

Blaze Starr -- A 38DD and Proud of It

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

Bold, unapologetic, kind-hearted, a bigger personality than even her formidable chest. Blaze Starr was more than her body, an endearing legendary broad, a luminous star now aligned with more of her kind.

Katherine Brooks

These Are The Men Who Dance Burlesque

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts

Photographer Magnus Arrevad has spent the last five years or so traveling the world, following in the footsteps of a very distinct population of enter...

Burlesque Is Back and Here Is What You Need to Know About It

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Eliza Sankar-Gorton

A tradition of breaking taboos included new jargon like bump and grind, "immodest" clothes like tights, and women speaking in men's voices. The performers were early explorers of sexual and gender norms.

LOOK: NYC's Hottest Dancers Will Dare To Bare -- For A Great Cause

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

More than 150 of New York's hottest dancers are set to turn back the clock to the golden age of Broadway for an "unrivaled evening of sexy striptease"...