As I have mentioned before, I am collaborating with my most fantastic friend, Meagan Fitton for her radio show... I'm her CamNinja! (for her show's blog). Tonight we attended the Australian Burlesque Festival. What a glam-glorious night starring Australia's best performers!
I am a big fan of burlesque. You may have heard of Dita Von Teese? Gypsy Rose Lee? The Burlesque scene here is growing. If you don't know what Burlesque is, read this, it may help but please don't think of it as a strip show. It's an art and it's seductive. And it's not about nudity. It's about glamour, fantasy and fempowerment.
...yes that is debatable... it's that whole art vs pornography issue... but I'm not getting into that right now. I find views on nakedness hypocritical. What's the big deal people? It's skin. Bare skin is our common denominator, it's what makes us alike, not the clothes we wear.
I find gratuitous nudity boring (movies, music videos, shopping malls...) but the naked form is beautiful to me. I am bored of seeing naked fashion models (surely that's an oxymoron?) eg. Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss, etc but paintings, sculptures and images of eg. dancers and women of all shapes and sizes are just so breathtakingly beautiful.
...And before you ask... no... I could never be a burlesque performer. Although I am an extrovert, I am far too private about my sensuality. Yes I have a dance background and I am told I am a "lyrical evocative performer" and I know I am damn good dancer on any dancefloor! (modesty shmodesty) but... burlesque requires a type of sensual theatricality that I cannot do.
Flamenco though... that is raw. Strength. intense almost angry passion but it's... insular... when you're dancing you're... inside yourself... you're not dancing for anyone... you're dancing because you can't help it.
HALF UPDATED!!! MORE PICS AFTER JUMP!!
I will be publishing some pics of the actual night but I took over 2000 images, a lot of editing is required!
A glimpse of something shocking! Shocking pink ie...
claret velvet jacket * 80s gold raw satin skirt, front is open * shocking pink thigh-high glitter lurex socks * OTK brown boots * vintage cossack hat (my current favourite!) * revolutionary attitude
This amazing laser-cut gold/black leather necklace is by Sydney based designer, 'Doury'.
Their website is under construction at the moment but let me know if you're interested and I'll give you contact details.
Oh one thing... Although I am very appreciative of the male form, women are just so much more visually arresting than men. Our curves and variations make us mysterious. I view male strippers very differently to how I view women who strip. See? Even how I formed that statement says it all. Male strippers are... not my 'thing'. It's very... disempowering.
Let me reiterate... burlesque is not about stripping nor nudity, the biggest fans of burlesque are women, the audiences are full of them, burlesque is 'marketed' towards women....not commercialy but... in the Sisterhood way. We strip our layers to get to the 'realness'.