1) When, how & why did you get into the pin up/burlesque industry?
My passion for vintage glamor sparked at a rather young age, when I first discovered Dita Von Teese at the age of 14-years-old. I was captivated with her beauty, elegance, and sensuality. I began to teach myself pin up hair and makeup, and already studying dance I expanded to vintage styles. I started modelling at 16 as a favor to a friend, and fell in love with the whole process, pursing all that I could. Once 18, I was asked to join a burlesque troupe, where I worked for close to four years, and also for modelling agency for two years, both I choose to leave to pursue my passions, and to share them with the world. I’ve since traveled all around Australia, taught classes in burlesque, and pinup, been published in countless national and international publications, including making the cover for American Classic issue 8, winning multiple pinup titles, assisting the organization of the Miss Sou’West Pinup Contest, and being the face for Pretty Dress Clothing.
2) What is people's response to your involvement in the burlesque world?
There are two responses I receive from being a burlesque dancer. The first is those who understand what burlesque is, and have usually seen a show before, they are very supportive, and wowed by the glamor burlesque embodies. The second is those who assume I do what you’d see in a strip club, while I have nothing against strippers, burlesque is very different. It is the art of the tease, a form of theater wrapped in illusion and beauty conveyed through costuming, styling, dance and vintage glamor.
3) Who do you seek your inspiration from for the pin up look?
Dita Von Teese is definitely one of my biggest inspirations, it’s a bit cliché I know, but she introduced me to this world of beauty, and I’m eternally grateful for this. I also draw a lot of inspirations from vintage pinups and actresses like Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner.
4) What are 3 tips to mastering the pin up look?
1.Practice, practice, practice. The pinup look can be tricky, I’m stilling perfecting things and I’ve been doing this since 14, never give up.
2.Learn from as many different sources as possible, and don’t be afraid to adapt your own way of doing things.
3.Have fun with what your doing, pinup brings me so much joy and I hope everyone who explores the vintage lifestyle feels this too.
5) What are the 3 must have items for any pin up?
I’d have to say red lipstick, curlers, and a vintage dress, the perfect combination for feeling like a pinup queen.
6) What is your most memorable Burlesque performance and why?
I love my big props; I own a giant alien spaceship, bubble bath, large feather fans, but I’d say my most memorable performance is my giant martini/champagne, it embodies all that burlesque is, and is also quite an iconic prop.
7) For all the women out there afraid to take the leap into the pin up/burlesque world, what would your advice be?
The first leap is the hardest, but I don’t know one person who hasn’t gained so much from burlesque. Teaching for many years I’ve seen so many people try burlesque for different reason, to gain body confidence, to bring femininity back into their life, to prove age doesn’t effect your beauty, and so many other reasons, and its been beautiful to share these journeys with these women.
8) What is the secret to looking confident behind the camera and on stage?
The key is you, and learning to love yourself. Take a look in the mirror, really take all of you in, there is no one else like you in the entire world, and that’s the most beautiful thing you can possess. No one is perfect; it’s all about being the very best version of you.
9) What is one thing we should know about you that is unusual?
I have a lot of quirks, but who doesn’t? I think some people might think it a little odd how much I love my puppies, I have Noodle (3-year-old dachshund), and Tequila (2-year-old rescue dog), who are treated like children. I’m a really big animal lover; I couldn’t imagine my world without them.
10) Just as anything that you really want in life, becoming a well-known pin up model and burlesque dancer is hard work...what is it that keeps you going? What success principles do you live by?
Passion is the key to unlock the door to success. The hardest part is when things get hard not to throw in the towel, my mindset in life is to work as hard as possibly can, and never give up, and anything is possible! You have got to be prepared to make big leaps outside your comfort zone, and put yourself out there as much as possible. While I have been lucky with some opportunities, most I’ve worked my bottom off to make possible. You can’t sit and wait for success; you’ve got to make it happen!
11) What are your plans for the next 5 years in terms of your modeling and burlesque career?
Recently I’ve left the burlesque troupe I’ve worked with for close to four year, which has been quite a big step for me, I’m looking to expand working freelance, and really add to making Perth an exciting place vintage events. I’d also like to travel and perform in Europe and America. As for the rest I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my head, with a lot of hard work ahead of me.
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