Victoria Vermouth: Vixen, Vamp, Showgirl

I had the pleasure of photographing the glamourous burlesque beauty Victoria Vermouth on her recent trip to Toronto.  Victoria is an Ottawa sensation mixing her Vintage aesthetic with a Rock n Roll edge.  This gal can not only dance but she can sing too!  You can catch Victoria Vermouth at the end of October at the Montreal Burlesque Festival.

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The Ladies of Nerd Girl Burlesque

It has been a pleasure to share with you my photos of the lovely ladies of Nerd Girl Burlesque!  This week’s final photoset features all four producers for the troupe, Henrietta VIII, Helen of Tronna, Delicia Pastiche and Loretta Jean, along with their fabulous MC Reddy TaRumble.

The Nerd Girls have a busy schedule coming up with their show Level Up- An Evening of Video Game Burlesque on August 25th at See-Scape, Nerd Girl Burlesque Fan Exposed on September 1st at the Rec Room Toronto, and Page Turners and Tassel Twirlers on September 17th  at Revival.

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The Ladies of Nerd Girl Burlesque: Helen and Henrietta

The lovely ladies of Nerd Girl Burlesque are back this week!

Henrietta VIII And Helen of Trona are one half of the beautiful brains behind the Nerd Girl Burlesque productions.  You can see these Nerdlesquers next at Level Up – An Evening of Video Game Burlesque on August 25th at See-Scape in Toronto.

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls with Sevvy Skellington part II

The seductive Sevvy Skellington is back this week for part II of her Beyond the Valley of the Dolls set.

Congrats to Sevvy and the entire PeepshowTO Crew on pulling off another amazing show on Friday night for I Have Misplaced My Pants: A Classic Simpsons Burlesque Tribute!  You can see Sevvy on Saturday, June 17th at Yeti Con for Comic Book Burlesque!

Hair by Natasha Kaye
Makeup by Gail Roberts
Lighting and Setup by Zach Garand
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls with Bianca Boom Boom

Bianca Boom Boom is bringing the vintage glamour in this week’s ode to Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

I was so excited to have Bianca join me for this particular photoshoot because I know she has a stellar collection of vintage garments.  This psychedelic metallic dress is the perfect embodiment of 60s glamour and style and Bianca is rocking it!  You can see this vintage vixen performing on June 11th at Striptease and Cheese and this summer at the Toronto Burlesque Festival!

Hair by Natasha Kaye
Makeup by Gail Roberts
Lighting and Setup by Zach Garand
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls with Dottie Champagne part II

The delectable Dottie Champagne is back this week to intoxicate you with her beauty!

You can catch this multi-talented performer this coming Friday as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show!  Dottie is a member of Toronto’s Rocky Shadow Cast, Excited Mental State, who perform every month at the Bloor Cinema.

Hair by Natasha Kaye
Makeup by Gail Roberts
Lighting and Setup by Zach Garand
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography

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Inspiration: Lili St Cyr

“Sex is currency. What’s the use of being beautiful if you can’t profit from it?”
– Lili St Cyr

 Beginning her career as a chorus girl in Hollywood, it didn’t take long before Lily St Cyr jumped out of the background and into the spotlight.  Singing and performing her own choreography on stage soon turned into a sensational career in the world of burlesque.  Lili St Cyr was one of the queens of burlesque in the 1940s and 50s, up there with the likes of Gypsy Rose Lee and Ann Corio.  One of her signature routines involved taking a bubble bath in a glass tub on stage.  Lili even broke into the film industry with roles in a handful of movies in the 1950s including The Miami Story and The Naked and the Dead.  One of Lili’s biggest fans was none other than Marilyn Monroe.  It was said that the overall look and many of the mannerisms of the Monroe character were inspired by Lili St Cyr.   Just like her career, her love life was anything but boring with 6 marriages and as many divorces under her belt.  She was even rumoured to have had an affair with Marilyn Monroe, but that was never proven for certain.  After a long, full life, Lili died in 1999 at the age of 80 leaving behind a legacy like no other.

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