Dita Von Teese is known for her pinup girl look and has made a career out of doing burlesque and always looking sexy. She wrote an essay about how women need to be sexy and sensual at different ages. Just because she’s 44 and getting older doesn’t mean that she’s going to stop what she’s doing because you should be sexy at all stages of your life.
Von Teese says that she likes to spend time with older women that feel sexy and glamorous. She recently had lunch with Mamie Van Doren, an actress and pinup from the 50’s. She’s now 86 and is still the sensual woman she was when she was 19. Von Teese began her career and 19 and she grew up in a farming town in Michigan and believe it or not, she was blond!
Her first experience with burlesque happened when she visited a strip club, she noticed that the girls didn’t take anything off and were dancing in bikinis. She got a job there and started performing and developing her burlesque show. “The theatrics of clothing can change your demeanor and stance and how you walk and carry yourself,” she says in an essay for InStyle. “I would use eccentricity as a weapon, wearing red lipstick, heels, hats, leather gloves, and extreme clothes—kind of like a femme fatale or a villain.”