While I was performing as a theatre actress in California I had began pin up modeling and was very much interested in the vintage lifestyle. In all of my research on makeup, hair, and clothes, I became a huge fan of Dita, which got me further interested in burlesque. I loved the musical Gypsy from the first time I say the movie starring Natalie Wood, so I thought that one day I would love to give it a shot. Coincidentally, I was planning a move back to Ohio and my best friends Betty LeRoux and Becky Buxom were performing in The Ooh-La-Las Burlesque troupe in Columbus. I began performing with them almost immediately and haven't looked back since!
How long have you been performing?
I've been performing since June 2008, so I've just celebrated my 5 year burly-versary.
What does burlesque mean to you ?
Burlesque encompasses all of my loves: glamour, dance, performance art, acting, costuming, vintage, nostalgia, beauty, rhinestones, music... Although I was used to performing onstage, I never really had the type of confidence that it takes to stand in front of those same people naked until I began performing burlesque. To me, burlesque is the thing that has changed me into the person I always wanted to be.
I chose the Ohio Burlesque Festival because it is my home festival! I want to represent all the best that the Buckeye State has to offer!
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