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Dita Von Teese

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Date of Birth:28 September 1972
Birthplace:Rochester, Michigan, USA
Age:37
First Name:Dita
Last Name:Von Teese
Build:Slim
Height:5' 4" (163 cm)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Dyed Black
Star Sign:Libra
Claim to Fame:Dating Marilyn Manson
Occupation:Pinup Model, Burlesque Artist
Occupation Category:Model
Nationality:American
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Biography for Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet on sep. 28, 1972 (47 years ago) in Rochester, Michigan) is an American burlesque artist , model and actress.

Early years

Dita Von Teese was born Heather Renée Sweet on sep. 28, 1972 (47 years ago) in Rochester, Michigan, the middle of three daughters. Her mother was a manicurist and her father was a machinist at a company that made graphite. She is of partly Armenian heritage.

Von Teese is well known for her fascination with 1940 (79 years ago) cinema and classic retro style. This began at a young age and was fostered by her mother, who would buy clothes for her daughter to dress up in. Her mother was a fan of old, Golden-era Hollywood films, and it was from her that Von Teese developed a fascination with the actresses of that day, especially Betty Grable, an actress that she frequently cites as her favorite.

She was classically trained as a ballet dancer from an early age, and danced solo at age thirteen for a local ballet company. Though she originally wanted to be a ballerina, Von Teese states that "By 15 I was as good as I’d ever be". She was later to incorporate this element into her burlesque shows, where she frequently goes en pointe.

The family relocated from Michigan to Orange County, California when her father's job moved. Von Teese attended University High School in Irvine.

As a teenager, Von Teese's mother took her to buy her first bra, made from plain white cotton, and gave her a plastic egg containing a pair of wrinkly, flesh-colored tights. Von Teese says she was disappointed as she had been hoping to receive beautiful lacy garments and stockings, of the type she had glimpsed in her father's Playboy magazines. This fueled her passion for lingerie. She worked in a lingerie store as a salesgirl when she was fifteen, and eventually as a buyer. Von Teese has been fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and basques with fully fashioned stockings ever since.

In college Von Teese studied historic costuming and aspired to work as a stylist for period films. She is a trained costume designer, often designing (and copyrighting) the photoshoots herself.

Career

Von Teese began her career in a local strip club when she was eighteen. Disappointed with the lack of originality in all the other strippers' acts, Von Teese created a vintage-inspired outfit, with beehive hairstyle and elbow-length gloves coupled with a basque and seamed stockings, piquing the interest of the clientele.

Fetish and glamour modeling
Photo by Steve Diet Goedde.It was during this time at the strip club that she began some glamour modeling, before she eventually became a fetish model. Her retro pin-up look, frequently emulating Bettie Page in photo (wallpaper) shoots, set her apart from most other fetish models.

Her official website is often referred to as one of the first model sites on the internet.

Von Teese achieved some level of recognition in the fetish world as a tightlacer. Through the wearing of a corset for many years, she had reduced her natural waistline to 22 inches (56 cm), and can be laced down as far as 16.5 inches (42 cm). A thin person already, Von Teese stands at 5 feet 6 inches (170 cm) and weighs 105 pounds (48 kg).

Von Teese appeared on a number of fetish magazine covers, including Bizarre and Marquis. It was around this time when she appeared on the cover of Midori's book, The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage.

Von Teese was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999 (20 years ago), 2001 (18 years ago) and 2002 (17 years ago), with a cover-featured pictorial in 2002 (17 years ago). Dita says that it is her appearances in Playboy that finally won her father's respect for her profession.

The German metal band Atrocity chose her as the cover model for their 2008 (11 years ago) album, Werk 80 II.

Burlesque
Von Teese is best known for her burlesque routines and is frequently dubbed "the Queen of Burlesque" in the press. Von Teese began performing burlesque in 1993 (26 years ago) and, as a proponent of New Burlesque, has helped to popularize its revival. In her own words, she "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, elaborate dance shows with props and characters, often inspired by 1930 (89 years ago) and 1940 (79 years ago) musicals and films. Some of her more famous dances have involved a carousel horse, a giant powder compact, a filigree heart and a clawfoot bathtub with a working shower head. Her feather fan dance, inspired by burlesque dancer Sally Rand, featured the world's largest feather fans, now on display in Hollywood's Museum Of Sex. Her signature show features a giant martini glass.

Her burlesque career has included some memorable performances. She once appeared at a benefit for the New York Academy of Art wearing nothing but $5 million worth of diamonds. Additionally, Von Teese became the first ever guest star to perform at the Parisian Crazy Horse cabaret club when she appeared there in October, 2006 (13 years ago). Also in 2006 (13 years ago), Von Teese appeared on an episode of America's Next Top Model cycle 7 doing a workshop to teach the contestants about sexiness by means of burlesque dancing and posing. In 2007 (12 years ago) Von Teese performed at the adult entertainment event Erotica 07 in London alongside Italian Rock noir band Belladonna.

Cameron Diaz (31 walls) performed a tribute to Von Teese's martini glass routine in the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Von Teese's name appears in the credits, listed under "Special Thanks." It is rumored that this was only added after Dita threatened to sue the movie makers for stealing her idea.

Von Teese's first book, which consisted of her opinions on the history of burlesque and fetish, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese, was published in 2006 (13 years ago) by HarperCollins. Vanity Fair called her "a Burlesque Superheroine."

In 2008 (11 years ago) Von Teese was one of the contributors to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's book Cherry Bomb.

Von Teese participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 (10 years ago) in Moscow, Russia as part of the stage performance for the German entry "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang". The act came 20th place (out of 25 participants) in the final round of the contest.

Acting
Von Teese is also an occasional actress. In her early years she appeared in fetish-related, soft-core pornographic movies, such as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two hard-core fetish movies by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence.

In recent years she has appeared in more mainstream features, such as the 2005 (14 years ago) short film, The Death of Salvador Dali, written by Delaney Bishop, which won best screenplay and best cinematography at recent festivals, including SXSW, Raindance movie Festival and Mill Valley movie Festival, and Best Actress for Von Teese at Beverly Hills movie Festival. She appeared in the feature movies Saint Francis and The Boom Boom Room, both in 2007 (12 years ago).

In addition to this, she has appeared in a number of music videos, including the video for the Green Day song "Redundant", the video for Zip Gun Bop by swing band, Royal Crown Revue, Agent Provocateur's video for their cover of She's Lost Control, and performed her Martini Glass burlesque routine in the video for "Mobscene" by Marilyn Manson. She has also been featured in a tantalising striptease/burlesque act in George Michael's live tour 2008 (11 years ago) , for the song "Feelin' Good".

However, Von Teese has said that acting is not at the top of her agenda and she would only take roles that she feels are right for her, stating, "I don't understand why women feel the need to go into acting as soon as they become famous...But I suppose if the part were aesthetically correct, then maybe I could consider it."

Fashion and modeling
At Selfridges, London, in 2007 (12 years ago).In recent years, the fashion world[who?] has come to accept Von Teese and her retro look, and she has appeared on a number of best-dressed lists. Von Teese frequents the front row of fashion shows, particularly Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs, labels she is often seen wearing.

She has also done various catwalk work. During Los Angeles Fashion Week, Spring 2004 (15 years ago), she modeled for former-club kid Richie Rich's fashion label, Heatherette. In 2005 (14 years ago) she appeared in the Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear show for Giambattista Valli, a former designer for Ungaro, in Paris. In the 2006 (13 years ago) Milan Fashion Week, Von Teese was on the runway, opening for the Moschino diffusion label, Moschino Cheap & Chic, autumn/winter 2006/7 show. In 2007 (12 years ago), she appeared twice in the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture show during the Paris Fashion Week. Additionally, she has starred in several ad campaigns. She appeared in Vivienne Westwood's spring/summer 2005 (14 years ago) collection adverts and became the face of Australian clothing range Wheels and Dollbaby for their 2006/7 Spring/Summer advertising campaign. Currently, she is a spokesmodel for MAC Cosmetics. Von Teese has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle, and international issues of nearly every fashion magazine. She has also campaigned on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and appeared in their ads. Most recently she has designed a new lingerie range with Wonderbra.

In spite of this, Von Teese states that she never uses a stylist. "The one time I hired a stylist, they picked up a pair of my 1940 (79 years ago) shoes and said, "These would look really cute with jeans." I immediately said, 'You’re out of here.'" She does her own make-up, and dyes her naturally blonde hair black at home. Von Teese's unique style is "inspired by eccentric women like The Marchesa Casati, Anna Piaggi, and Isabella Blow."

Von Teese was one of the celebrities who designed a T-shirt for the second Fashion Against Aids campaign in 2009 (10 years ago), a collaboration between H&M and Designers Against Aids to raise HIV/AIDS awareness, particularly amongst youngsters.

Personal life

Von Teese currently resides in Hollywood. She is a collector of vintage china, particularly eggcups and tea sets, and she drives a 1939 (80 years ago) Chrysler New Yorker, a BMW Z4 and a 1965 (54 years ago) Jaguar S-type.

Von Teese frequently mentions that her best friend is fellow burlesque performer, Catherine D'lish, who designs all of Von Teese's burlesque costumes.

Prior to her marriage, Von Teese had been romantically linked to vocalist/guitarist Mike Ness of Social Distortion and to actor Peter Sarsgaard. She has also spoken of several lesbian experiences including a long-term relationship with a woman when she was 20.

She has been open about the plastic surgery she has undergone, with both breasts and her beauty mark being artificial.

She participated at the Peta's campaign "Animal Birth Control (ABC)".

Filmography

  • Romancing Sara
  • Matter of Trust
  • Pin-Ups 2
  • Decadence
  • Slick City: The Adventures of Lela Devin
  • Tickle Party: Volume 2
  • Bound in Stockings
  • Naked and Helpless
  • Blooming Dahlia
  • Lest We Forget: The Video Collection
  • The Death of Salvador Dali
  • Saint Francis
  • Indie Sex: Extremes
  • The Boom Boom Room


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