Dita Von Teese admitted she feels fortunate to be living nowadays as she feels like burlesque, as an art form, has changed significantly over the years.
Speaking candidly about her profession with Gay Times‘ April edition, she said she’s got ‘a lot to be grateful for’ as she feels she no longer has to choose between being a ‘feminist and being desired’ as a performer.
The Queen of Burlesque, 46, explained: ‘I feel fortunate that burlesque means something different now than it did in the 1930s and 40s where it was a girly show meant for straight guys to ogle at a naked girl in real life.
Candid: Dita Von Teese admitted she feels ‘fortunate’ to perform burlesque in an age where she doesn’t have to choose between being a ‘feminist and being desired’
‘It’s allowed me to be a “lady-boss”, to set things on my own terms, and to continue on later in life to inspire people and have more of a purpose behind what I do than I might have had if this were just me doing a strip tease for hetero men.
‘I’ve a lot to be grateful for and just the idea that now we no longer have to choose between feminists and being desired…dare I say revel in being sex objects.
‘We can have it all, on our own terms. I think it’s a great time to be a woman as we begin to understand that feminism can mean many things, and we should just try to respect one another’s personal choices, even if we don’t always agree.’
Powerful woman: The Queen of Burlesque, 46, explained: ”It’s allowed me to be a “lady-boss”, to set things on my own terms, and to continue on later in life to inspire people’
Dita sizzled in a number of sensational ensembles which saw her prove why she’s at the top of her game as a burlesque performer.
Posing in a number of sensual rose-tinted snaps, the signer wore a gorgeous blonde wig as she dressed in a gold geometric print bodysuit that showed off a generous amount of her cleavage.
While in another image, the star looked sensational in flared pink crop top which matched her lace lingerie and suspenders.
Adding a touch of glamour to the photo shoot, Dita also stepped out in a stunning green ball gown which had a chiffon-style skirt and a stylish print.
Stunning: Dita sizzled in a number of sensational ensembles which saw her prove why she’s at the top of her game as a burlesque performer, including form-fitting pink lingerie
Referring to the #MeToo movement during her chat, Dita continued: ‘It’s about time we are able to open up and talk about it. I think a lot of good men didn’t really realise what it’s like to be a woman.
‘We all have these experiences of being preyed upon throughout life. We’re watching so many things unfold, whether it’s the big takedowns we’ve seen of men, but we’re also watching women be exposed for bad behaviour as well.
‘It’s an important conversation but it’s also ultimately about how flawed we are and how we wield sexual power in different ways.’
On her own experience with overpowering men, Dita added: ‘I think about when I was a teenager or pre-teen, feeling very preyed upon by older men because you’re like, “Oh, why are these men always coming for me like that?”
Honest: On the #MeToo movement, Dita continued: ‘It’s about time we are able to open up and talk about it. I think a lot of good men didn’t really realise what it’s like to be a woman’
‘I think it’s most complicated for young people. In my career, as an adult, I’ve walked away from deals and opportunities because I was not willing to play the game. That’s happened to me a lot, but I don’t have any dramatic stories.
She continued: ‘It’s always been, “Oh I’m walking away from this. I’m not willing to pretend to be somebody’s girlfriend, I’m not going to a romantic dinner, I’m not going to meet you for drinks”.
‘I have probably lost some decent opportunities because I’m not good at playing the game, but I always find that when one door closes, another one opens.’
Read the full interview in Gay Times, which will be on sale from Friday 29th March.
Out soon: Read the full interview in Gay Times, which will be on sale from Friday 29th March