Burlesque Goddess Dita Von Teese: "I Really Don't Get Hit On"
You did a show for the New York Academy of Art where you only wore diamonds. Five million dollars worth. Was that the most glamorous you've ever felt?
Photo by Drew Gaines
I think it was more than five million! It was cool, it reminded me of those old stories of courtesans and burlesque dancers who would wear all of these jewels on stage surrounded by body guards, (even though a lot of times their jewels weren't real). They came to my hotel with suitcases full of diamonds; it quickly became my goal to see how many of these I could wear at once!
Hold up, were they loose diamonds? Were you eyelash glueing them on?
No, there was a tiara. Broaches and jewelry sewn onto my g-string, there were pasties that were made and lots of bangle bracelets and earrings. But it was funny, whenever I'd have to go to the bathroom or something, I'd have all of these bodyguards trailing me.
Do you have any beauty tips for gals? Quick things that make you feel extra gorgeous?
I think my best beauty tip is that you can do anything you want if you set your mind to it. Discover what your signature make-up or hair look is, then refine it and perfect it until you can do it quickly and easily.
Damn it, Dita! We wanted magic and a quick fix.
I'm sorry! It takes devotion and work.
You're known as one of the most beautiful ladies in the world, you must get hit on all of the time. What's the worst way you've been approached?
Well, I don't really get hit on all that much. Apparently I have an unapproachable look to a lot of men. I've discovered that I have to make first moves more than anything.
Dita, if a girl like you can't get it done then there's no hope for the rest of us. So you don't have slobbery, drooley men constantly trying to paw at you?
What I get are the guys who are usually the drunkest, think they're the most suave or approach me on a dare. And I delight in the sport of shooting them down.
How do you shoot them down? What's your favorite way to dodge an advance?
My favorite way is pretending I don't speak English.
Dita is currently revamping and redefining her new production, Strip Strip Hooray. When every last glittery element is perfect, Dallas will get another peek at Ms. Von Teese. Until that day comes, you'll just have to use your imagination.
See our slideshow of last night's party with Dita, here.