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 W SF Rock the Empire 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.