Cheesecake is an independent e-zine, freely available for download in pdf form. Based in Dallas, the magazine publishes pin-up and retro related articles. Ava Garter was interviewed for the October issue, in which she talks about her career, burlesque and The Black Glove. Dita comes up in the interview a few times. I know many of you admire Ava as well (as do I) so the issue will interest you in general. There’s also some great pin-up girls from each issue!
The last 2 photos here are candids available on Ava Garter’s website. There are many more.
Dita and I have been friends for almost 20 years now. From moving out of our parents homes and becoming the top go-go dancers in the circuit in LA and Orange County to our first real strip club jobs ,then add all of the boyfriends and a couple husbands that have come and gone, she and I have experienced a lot of life’s ups and downs together. We have a great understanding of each other that is more like a sisterhood at times and I am so grateful for it. Some women live all of their lives without ever finding a great “Best girl friend” so I don’t ever want to take her for granted. When I was newly separated I came up with the idea that I might like to try going back on stage. Dita’s answer was simple and exactly what I needed to hear. She just said “Why can’t you? ” I thought about it for a while and realized that she was right. Anything you want is possible , all you have to do is go for it.
An Evening with Dita Von Teese & Special Guests in association with Cointreau
Avalon Nightclub, Hollywood
Wednesday, July 22
Photos: Charley Gallay/Getty [via]
AN EVENING WITH DITA VON TEESE AND SPECIAL GUESTS
in association with Cointreau
See the world debut of Dita’s “Opium Den” show, and the US debut of “Le Bain Noir” from her run at the Crazy Horse Paris. The show also features her “Be Cointreauversial” performance and the Los Angeles premiere of her signature cocktail the CointreauTeese. “An Evening with Dita Von Teese and Special Guests” will feature Dita and special guests Murray Hill, Mayte, L’Effleur des Sens, Ava Garter, Raja and Selene Luna. To buy tickets visit: www.dita.net/laavalon/ or call the Avalon box office on 323 462 8900.
“Try to please everyone, and you lose, because you can’t be yourself, and where does that get you? So, I’m an ‘artiste’ to some, and an overpaid talentless slut to others. It’s the way it is. I’m okay with that. Universal respect is impossible; everyone in the media eye is the subject of criticism. If you can’t stand the showbiz heat, get out of the showbiz kitchen!” – Dita
There is also a review of the Crazy Horse run:
“I was fascinated to see what Dita had done with the classic format – what would remain, what would be reinvented, what would be replaced. And I want to stress that this is not one of the typical celebrity collaborations, where a fashion range or book is brought out perhaps, with no real input from the personality themselves, save their name and their face; the hard work is done by an unacknowledged team behind the scenes. Not so in this case – Dita chose and co-designed the costumes, she choreographed the new routines and dreamed up the new concept. What you see on stage is Dita’s hard work and imagination, combined with the vision and creativity of Ali Madhavi, and traditional Crazy Horse magic.” – Holli-Mae
(via bettie page blog)
“For me and for many women (and a few men) I know, our discovery of Bettie Page during our adolescence shaped our beauty aesthetic, as the black-banged beauty was our first introduction to the world of corsetry, sky high heels, and other important elements of our sometimes painful personal style. Over the years my tastes (and cup size) have evolved, but it’s been joy to watch Bettie rise from counterculture cutie to full blown legend. After the nationwide success of my Golden Gals Gone Wild show which featured erotic art based on the Golden Girls and was featured on everything from NPR to National Enquirer, I knew I needed a follow up with some serious knockout appeal.
I’m thrilled to present Bettie Page: Heaven Bound which opens with a gala opening reception Saturday, May 2nd at the World of Wonder gallery in Hollywood and runs until May 29th.
The show features over 20 years of Bettie-inspired work including stunning new watercolor images by the queen of pin-up Olivia (who I still can’t believe I had the opportunity to pose for let alone work so closely with on the dream project) as well as Bunny Yeager who shot many of Bettie’s most iconic images; Austin Young who shot beautiful images of myself and of celebs including Perez Hilton, Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, and Jane Weidlin from the GoGo’s as Bettie; Colin Christian who just completely blows my mind; and a slew of other artists I’m so proud to present. Since Bettie wasn’t a traditional gal and neither am I, the opening night reception will feature a spanking machine complete with costumed cuties dressed as Nurse Betties to help you after your turn on our weapon of ass destruction, a photobooth by PoliteinPublic.com, celebrity guests such as Dita who will be attending but not performing, as well as Bettie’s actual high heels on display and other exciting surprises. Hope to see you all there.” – Lenora Claire, boingboing.net
There are many more Dita photos from the opening night here, including spanking machine naughtiness! In the second last picture here, Dita is pictured with Olivia De Berardinis, Lenora Claire and Ava Garter. Dita has posed for Olivia, also.
I’m actually more interested in the Bettie Page event Dita attended Saturday night. I’m compiling all the tid bits I can find right now. Will post soon.