Babes of Burlesque: Charlie Quinn pt 2

Charlie Quinn is the quintessential pinup girl in this week’s Dolly Shots photoset!

This gorgeous gal is a producer and performer at this year’s Toronto Burlesque Festival, July 26th – 29th.  You will also be able to purchase her wares at the festival or you can order custom pasties and other sparkly things by contacting her through Charlie Quinn’s Quinntessentials!

Lingerie from Bettie Page Lingerie for Playful Promises from Gigi’s House of Frills
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Babes of Burlesque: Knox Harter pt 2

The fiery redhead, Knox Harter, is back this week, serving vintage, pinup doll glam!

You can catch this busy, burlesque beauty on June 7th at Let’s Go Crazy: A Burlesque Tribute to Price at The Pilot in Toronto.  You can also see Knox hosting her monthly show, Speakeasy at Revival on June 10th.  This month’s theme is Animated and stars a cast of fabulous performers that includes myself!  Knox is also a collaborator and performer at this year’s Toronto Burlesque Festival!  You won’t want to miss any of these amazing shows, so get your tickets now!

Babydoll Nightie by Leelando Calrissian
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Bondage Bombshells: Dottie Champagne

Dottie Champagne has been naughty, naughty and with the help of our Shibari expert JP Robichaud, she’s ready to be put in her place…

Dottie Champagne is a fantastic Burlesque Babe and Pinup Girl from Toronto.  You can see this sweetie on October 6th at the Great Hall for Peepshow TO’s latest production Comic Strip-Off: A Marvel vs. DC Burlesque Parody.  Dottie is also producing her very own Burlesque and Improv show on November 13th at Bad Dog Theatre called Scenes & Sequins!

Hair by Natasha Kaye
Makeup by Trixi Jones
Rope Bondage by JP Robichaud
Lighting and Setup by Zach Garand
Lingerie from Gigi’s House of Frills
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography

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Holiday Hunny: Natasha

It’s snowing outside, twinkly lights decorate our city and the sparkly Natasha is looking ready to celebrate!  My favourite hairstylist and anime cosplay queen Natasha wanted to show another side of herself for this shoot.  Decked out in glamourous gold, this holiday hunny is ready for a tall glass of holiday cheer!

Enjoy!

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Inspiration: Dita Von Teese

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I have always had a great love of fashion and style.  As a child my favourite thing to do was to play dress up.  I would wrap myself in scarves, adorn my head with a fancy hat, paint my mother’s lipstick on my lips, cheeks and eyelids and prance around the house.  Eventually that passion blossomed into a mature form and I began to use my style as a form of self expression.  Being a shy person, fashion has always been my way of communicating who I am non-verbally.

FHM-China-2013-Black-Valvet---Dita-von-Teese-2_1260.jpgI don’t remember the exact moment when I became aware of Dita Von Teese, but I do recall as a teenager saving every image of I could find of her.  Lusting after her sparkle encrusted corsets and lace gowns.  The hats, the gloves, the feathers, the red lipstick!  She was the epitome of high fashion and good taste to me.  Even more than her burlesque presence, it was her style sensibility that attracted me to Dita.  In Dita I saw the ability to not only stand out through fashion, but to do so in the most elegant way.

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Dita Von Teese has greatly influenced me in my personal style, from hair and makeup to clothes and accessories.  Dita is the modern incarnation of the vintage pinups who I have always adored.  When I see her in performance I am struck not by her dance or acting abilities, but by her style and grace, and I look at her as if a beautiful painting has come to life.  She may not be revolutionary in her technique but she is highly skilled in her presentation.  Dita brings to life the glamourous feel of previous era.

My-Private-Cointreau-Coffret-by-Dita-Von-Teese-4I was so lucky to get the chance to meet my fashion idol last weekend as she graced Toronto with her presence for a live show at the Phoenix and a book signing at Rosie the Rebel.  I was happy to find that this person who has helped to shape and influence me so much was just as lovely as I imagined.  Dita smiled sweetly and signed her photograph as I blushed and stared at her perfectly coiffed hair.  I hope to have the opportunity to see Dita again on stage one day, but for now the memories of this very special day will live on in my mind.

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Level Up Your Lips

The producers of Peepshow TO have come out with a fabulous new line of matte lipsticks to help Level Up Your Lips!  Whether you are a Sevvy, Betty or Leelando, there is a shade for you in this new collection.  Perfect for perking up your cosplay or wear everyday to brighten your look!  You can get these fabulous lipsticks at the next Peepshow TO show, Super Smash Bras, which is this Saturday September 25th at the Great Hall in Toronto.

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