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Babes of Burlesque: 23

IMMODESTY BLAIZE

Much as Dita Von Teese revived burlesque stateside, Immodesty Blaize has been its leading trailblazer in Europe. She’s not only a dancer, but a showgirl extraordinaire, performing at the world’s grandest concert halls, from the Royal Opera House in London to the Palace Pisani in Italy and Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. She is best known for her signature act with an enormous rocking horse, although she uses many oversized props including powder puffs.

She was born as Kelly Fletcher in Hitchin, England, a small town in Hertfordshire north of London. Her entry in show business came directing commercials, but starting in the mid-1990s, she moonlighted doing burlesque in underground shows. Now, she’s at the top of the field — the only European ever crowned a reigning Queen of Burlesque by the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame. Following in the tradition of Gypsy Rose Lee, Immodesty recently tried her hand at writing, penning two novels set in the world of the modern showgirl.

Immodesty with one of her oversized props, a six-foot telephone.

An excerpt from the 2010 documentary Burlesque Undressed, presented by Immodesty Blaize.

Her website:  http://www.immodestyblaize.com/

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