3 questions for Dita Von Teese
Burlesque queen, bride of Manson
1. Your new photo book Burlesque and the Art of the Teese traces the history of striptease. How did you become interested in this art?
I had always loved burlesque because of films like Gypsy. A friend took me to a strip club in Los Angeles in 1991, and I was disappointed that no one was doing a classic striptease. It was just women wandering around a pole. I began moonlighting there as a dancer and did a traditional show wearing vintage corsets and stockings. I eventually developed an elaborate act. I had the time of my life.
2. Have you ever fallen down while doing a striptease?
Oh sure, it happens. I’ve seen girls cry and run off the stage, but nobody likes you if you do that. I usually look at the floor and try to see what I tripped over. And it’s usually nothing but my own two feet! You have to laugh at yourself. You can’t be an asshole about it.
3. You and your husband, Marilyn Manson, have such wild reputations, but you sound sweet and sane. Is Marilyn a sweet person?
Yeah, you know, everybody has their moments. Sometimes we’re sweet and then we can be dreadful jerks. [Laughs] But it’s not like we wear black capes and sleep in coffins. We’re just normal people with cats, dogs and a rabbit. And sometimes Marilyn sings to me impomptu and I take off my clothes for him.