She won’t be caught dead in denim, but Dita Von Teese is nevertheless oh-so approachable in every which way. Sure, she has a style (and body) to be envied, can carry off a corset like no other, and makes audiences swoon with her expert burlesque dancing, but the beauty has a soft spot for tacos. Tacos! She can join our lingerie-lacking, sweatpants-filled girls night anytime!
Aside from being superiorly and effortlessly stylish, Von Teese has a pretty sweet new gig too–she’s the current symbol of celebration for the luxurious W Hotel chain. In honor of the opening of W Beijing Chang’an, the cabaret showstopper has kicked off a mini tour around some of the stateside W Hotels, including New York and San Francisco. Decked in glittering beads, diamond embellishments, and adorning feathers, Von Teese performs for hotel audiences in a golden oversized birdcage, symbolic of China’s multi-century love affair with bird keeping. Before she was whisked away to prepare for the SF show, Glam had the honor of getting to know the burlesque babe a little better.
Q: If you could teach a private burlesque class to 3 women, currently living or having passed, who would they be?
A: That’s a good question, no one has ever asked me that! Hmm, I’m trying to think of someone who’s fun and would be up for it. So many of my idols don’t need to be taught anything about glamour and performance; all my great idols are women who would definitely have already known how to do a burlesque show, who have very strong personalities of their own, and would know how to bring that to a performance. So, I don’t know if I could even think of anybody, you know?
Q: What would be the dynamite team of women who know burlesque dancing?
A: Well I immediately thought of Marlene Dietrich, she would never have done it of course, but she came to mind as someone I like. And Mae West, who again, would have never done it. She did perform burlesque in a way, but without taking her clothes off.
Q: While you stick to your beautiful signature vintage aesthetic, are there any recent trends you find lovely when styled on others?
A: Yes, all the time. I think that’s one of the best things about fashion: having your own personal sense of style and being able to admire someone’s look without wanting to do it yourself. Even though I wouldn’t wear a pair of jeans, I still can look at a woman wearing a pair of jeans in a great way but it doesn’t make me want to go out and buy a pair [laughs].
Q: What’s your favorite gift to give your girlfriends?
A: Well, I have one but I don’t want to say it and give it away [laughs]! I’m gonna tell you anyway. I give everyone lingerie, because I have a lingerie collection now and everyone wants lingerie. So, I have a 3 page list in my diary with everyone’s sizes.
Q: Do you have a current guilty pleasure?
A: Tacos. It’s always tacos.
Q: How do you stay healthy, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well?
A: I’m really fond of the Glowing Green Smoothie by nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She’s pretty famous, she has 3 books out and I basically try to follow her regime and use her recipes.
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or in granny panties), Dita Von Teese is the crowned queen of burlesque and seduction. The Hollywood bombshell has been stripping down for over a decade now, leading to a successful lingerie line we’re dying to get our hands on. We spoke with the star about lipstick, stripping at home, and how to feel confident. Check out what Dita had to say.
POPSUGAR: What is something you own that makes you feel confident and sexy?
Dita Von Teese: Red lipstick. For me there’s my very basic things I don’t leave the house without and red lipstick is one of those things. I feel like it brightens up my face and it’s an easy way to get glamorous quickly. I love MAC’s shade Ruby Woo; it’s a perfect blue-red matte lipstick.
PS: What is a big secret behind the art of seduction?
DVT: Finding your own confidence. You really have to get in touch with the way things make you feel without focusing on what might please someone else. Women always ask themselves, “Will he like this? Will he think this is sexy?” You have to stop that mind-set. You have to create a pleasurable, sensual world that you truly enjoy, and then other people will want to be part if it.
PS: How can women incorporate burlesque into the bedroom?
DVT: I believe in the power of lingerie. I have my own line and I believe in lingerie for the striptease element. I believe in the power of garter belts and stockings. I also have dimmer switches in every room of my house so I can create a mood at any time. Don’t focus on doing a striptease the way I would do one in public — you can get involved in striptease classes, you can do it at home for yourself or someone else. You don’t have to perform on stage to embrace the spirit of what burlesque is about.
PS: What are the most important elements of lingerie?
DVT: It has to fit well. It has to be wearable in everyday life. I don’t believe in having certain lingerie that’s for seduction and certain lingerie that’s for everyday wear. Now is a wonderful time where you can have both. You can have fit, function, and glamour all in one. So I think the key is to wear it in your everyday life instead of having things you put on just for someone else. You should wear it just to be fabulous whether someone sees it or not.
Public Appearances > 2015 > Belvedere Vodka Night At Principe Pio Train Station
The opportunity to see international burlesque star Dita Von Teese put on a complimentary performance was too tempting for many San Franciscans to pass up, which explains why so many people packed the Living Room Bar of the W San Francisco hotel on March 19. It was all to celebrate the opening of the W Beijing – Chang’an. Von Teese performed in a golden oversized birdcage, symbolic of China’s multi-century love affair with bird keeping, as her fans sipped Beijing-inspired cocktails and cuisine. Before the short but sultry show, which drew boldface names, including designer Karen Caldwell, Olga Dubrovsky and Gypsy Rose Lee’s son Erik Lee Preminger, to the VIP area above the bar, Haute Living chatted with Von Teese.
HL: You’re in San Francisco a lot. What is it about this city that you love?
DVT: This is my favorite city in all of the U.S. to perform. I brought my full length movie here a few times and we sell out almost immediately. We do The Fillmore usually. It’s like people (hanging) from the rafters. It’s the most energetic and diverse crowd. There’s something about San Francisco; it’s so liberated here and I feel like it’s a place that embraces all different kinds of people. I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I feel really supported here.
HL: Tell me about the bird cage you’ll be performing in tonight.
DVT: The W Hotels has created this bird cage art piece. Its not my usual bird cage because I have my own bird cage. But they created this art installation that people can take photos in after the show. I have a golden bird cage that it actually rains on in the inside. I can spin around in it on a perch and the finale is it pours rain down inside of it.