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Cringe Crafting: Feather Headdress

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I made the headdress in this photo in just a few hours! I can honestly say that I made it out of things I had lying around the house, but that would be misleading because I bought these materials to make this headdress over a year ago. However, these are easy items to come by, and even if you're new to burlesque crafting, this is something you can do. You may need to clamp them with strong hair or other clips, or weigh them down, to keep them in place. Let the glue in one layer of the project dry overnight before you do the next. Take your time -- you don't have to make it as fast as I did -- and study the placement of items carefully.  I call this cringe crafting because I am doing everything a bit more crudely and carelessly than it would be done by an experienced professional maker, in a manner that would make skillful and sophisticated costumiers cringe.  And yet, it works and is great good fun to wear -- I'm proud of this headdress, even though I know what it's not

Marinka, Queen of the Amazons -- Rest In Power

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Video Link : https://youtu.be/qPeFbs_ErGU On February 16 My friend Blanche Debris called me to let me know that she had been sitting at Marinka’s side as she fell asleep and did not wake up. I’ve been at a loss for written words ever since. For now I just want to give you a sense of her and her magic.  I knew Marinka for over ten years. I met her at the annual fundraiser for the BHoF museum, The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender , where veterans of 20th-century burlesque are known as Legends. One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my burlesque life has been to see these performers live, listen to them talk, and get to know them personally. I have loved how the Weekender, which started out as a burlesque-professionals reunion organized by striptease performer and activist Jennie Lee , introduced these Legends to those who are indebted to their art form, the 21st-century burlesque performers and fans. The Legends are a loving bunch of rowdy story-tellers, and we are lucky to kno

Paste Won't Keep Your Pasties On

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[This article was originally written and published on this blog in 2007. Note the presence of Myspace!] People always ask questions about pasties. They are, after all, pretty peculiar articles of clothing, in spite of being some of the most traditional items in most neo-burlesquers' wardrobes. As far as I know they are unique to burlesque--at least in terms of dance costuming. One time I was standing in the lobby after a show with my friend Francesca, and someone came up and asked me a question about tassel-twirling. After I talked about physics a bit, the woman said, "And how do you keep the pasties on?" Francesca said, "With paste!" Above: Me at the Slipper Room. Photo by Rocket. Well, we don't use paste--it's not sticky enough, and the kids eat it. But how to keep a twirler's pasties from twirling right off is a frequent subject of discussions backstage. I use flash tape , myself. I have a slight allergic reaction to it, but pinker nipples are

G-Strings This Week on Sex Worker Style!

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I'll be sharing five posts about G-strings this week at  https://www.instagram.com/sexworkerstyle/ Follow me there for all the sparkly history!  

Panties: Over Or Under?

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When I’m teaching stocking strips, people often ask me if it’s proper to wear panties over or under the garters.  There isn’t a proper way; there’s only the order of removal.  If you’re leaving the garter belt on after you take the panties off, you put the panties on over the garter belt.  If you want the panties to still be on after you take off the garter belt and stockings, it’s easier if you wear the panties under the garter belt.  #logistics The answer to most questions about striptease can be answered the same way: logistics.  

Leslie Cunningham interviewed by Bebe Bardot

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I am so happy to finally be able to share this video: Burlesque Historian Bebe Bardot interviews author Leslie Cunningham about her book Brown Skin Showgirls! It is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque of the early to mid 20th century. BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS is a black and white photographic collection of burlesque, exotic, shake, salsa and chorus line dancers, strippers, and cross-dressers from Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana Revue during its run on Royal American Shows from 1936 to 1967. https://lesliecunninghamfilms.com/ Please share this and let people know about this incredible project! Support Leslie Cunningham: Lesliecunninghamfilms.com CashApp: Love offerings and donations can be sent to (Leslie Cunningham) at: $NMRKLION via paypal at: https://paypal.me/TRIBESEntertainment Brownskin Showgirl book order can be placed through Paypal here https://www.harleminhavana.com/p/brow...

Fem Appeal, The All-Time Queen Of Taglines

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Interview: Happy Birthday to Fem Appeal, All-time Queen of Taglines Above: Fem Appeal by James Ridley Happy Birthday to fellow Leo Fem Appeal! It's her birthday TODAY! I am not generally a show producer, aside from producing student showcases, but I do produce my birthday show every August at Coney Island USA, which over the past two decades has remained one of the most influential venues in the New York burlesque scene. Every year, the first person I ask is fellow Leo Fem Appeal. I also have her as a guest lecturer every year in The Coney Island Master Class in Burlesque. She’s just that good.  Also, it means we get to ride the subway uptown together, where we get to sit together for an hour and say things we would neeeeever say to anyone else. Those subway rides with her are easily the thing I miss the most about not being able to teach in Coney Island during the pandemic. Born and bred in New York, Fem Appeal has been a beloved powerhouse in the city’s b