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 2

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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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls with Betty Quirk

The beautiful, bubbly Betty Quirk is ready to shimmy and shake in her 60s Go-Go Fringe in this week’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls photoset!

This burlesque performer/producer is gearing up for another fantastic production with Peepshow TO called I Have Misplaced My Pants: A Classic Simpsons Burlesque Tribute.  Betty will be bringing to life an iconic Simpsons character on June 9th at the Great Hall in Toronto.  Tickets are going FAST, so get yours today!!

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

My doll of the week is none other than the delightful Dottie Champagne!  This little darling is a newbie Burlesquer with a seriously glamourous vintage appeal.  Decked out in a family heirloom and a little bit of faux-fur, Dottie is ready for glass of champagne!

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

I’m back from a refreshing break with a new energy and some tricks up my sleeve!

I am so excited to share the photos from my latest photoshoot with you!  As always, I drew a lot of my inspiration from Russ Meyer and so, since I’ve already done The Valley of the Dolls, this new set is called Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

These gorgeous burlesque beauties were the perfect models for this 60s nostalgic theme and it was an absolutely pleasure capturing Bianca Boom Boom, Sevvy Skellington, Betty Quirk, Dottie Champagne and Ivory in this pink dream set.

Please enjoy the first instalment of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls…

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

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Anita Ekberg

On January 11th 2015 at age 83 legendary actress and model Anita Ekberg passed away.

The Swedish beauty Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg began her career as a model in her teens.  She travelled to the United States in 1951 to compete in the Miss Universe pageant and though she did not win she was one of 6 finalists to receive a starlet’s contract with Universal Studios which offered her training in drama, elocution and dance.  Her first big break into the film industry was in the 1955 short-lived TV series Casablanca.  After that she starred in two Paramount films in 1955 and 1956, Artists and Models and Hollywood or Bust, and was marketed as Paramount’s Marilyn Monroe.

Ekberg was not one to shy from the limelight and would participate in publicity stunts such as having her dress burst open in the lobby of London’s Berkeley Hotel.  In 1960 Ekberg starred in the biggest role of her career as Sylvia in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.  Ekberg was very frank and honest with the media and would frequently talk about which stars she disliked.  In an interview with The New York Times in 1999 Ekberg was quoted as saying, “They would like to keep up the story that Fellini made me famous, Fellini discovered me”.

Anita Ekberg died earlier this month in Italy from complications of an enduring illnesses.  Her striking image of sultry seductress is burned into the minds of all who gaze upon her photos or soak up in her many cinematic appearances.  She will be missed.

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