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On the 9th of November, iconic stripper, burlesque pioneer and San Francisco native Carol Doda passed away at the age of 78.  Before San Francisco was teeming with young tech bros and loaded start-up kids, Wi-Fi equipped Google buses and app-managed parks, it was a haven for the weird and the experimental. The San Francisco of the 1960s and '70s was an epicenter for counterculture, for communes, for hippies and druggies, for gays and Native and Latin Americans and artists and writers. Read More
Kitten N' Lou are coming to New York! The self-described “diminutive drag king and a bodacious burlesque queen” will bring their fabulous, campy, showbiz-tastic performance “Kitten N' Lou: Overexposed” to Joe’s Pub in NYC on October 21st and 28th - and you could see them for free! We’re giving away two pairs of two tickets for the October 21st show. To enter, just retweet or share this post on Twitter or Instagram, tagging @bust_magazine (Twitter, Instagram) and using the hashtag #KittenNLou. Read More
The pin-up girl occupies a unique space in feminist history; influenced in no small part by aesthetics of Burlesque, the cheesecake images have been labeled everything from “subversive” to “wholesome.” In some ways, the pin-up was the first mass-produced female icon celebrated for her sexuality, taking the place of the more demure, pious upper-middle class ideal of Victorian womanhood.    But the pin-up, like all commercial images of the female body, could be objectifying and limiting in that it pressured women to conform to a rigid standard of beauty. Read More
Ladies have been embracing their sexiness since the beginning of time, but the birth of burlesque dance in the 1800s turned sex culture into an art form. The history surrounding burlesque is complex and fascinating, and thanks to the Charles McClaghy Collection, we can catch a glimpse of those on the forefront of exotic dancing from then to now. These original ladies were the backbone of the nightlife entertainment industry through a period of great prosperity in America: the turn of the twentieth century. Read More
When the photographer Stephanie Diani saw a group of older burlesque performers, The Legends of Burlesque, she was mesmerized. Consumed by images of the women who graced the stages of the Miss Exotic World pageant, the artist located some of the most renowned performers whose ages ranged from the 50s to the 70s. She then visited the women’s homes, chatted with them, and took their portraits as they donned their favorite outfits.    The beautifully diverse group of women is celebrated here for their style, courage, and wit. Read More