Dita Von Teese attends the Genlux Issue Release Party
The Luxe Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif
February 25, 2015
Getty Images/JB Lacroix/WireImage
Left: Old Cover – Right: New Cover
As previously reported, Dita is on the cover of Genlux magazine’s latest issue. You’ll be pleased to know that they have amended their questionable shot and photoshopping choices. Dita didn’t like it either.
“As we were getting ready to go to press, I was texting back-and-forth with Dita about her cover and her thoughts were it didn’t look like her. She asked if I’d made her lips larger. Hmmm, good catch Dita. It wasn’t that we made her lips larger, it was that we’d shot at such a low angle, we pinched the jawline, because it looked too wide. The challenge with altering anyone’s face—especially one as recognizable as some of these celebrities, is that the slightest modification can alter them from looking like themselves. This was a good case in point.
I agreed with Dita and decided to hold the presses and to run this image on the cover instead. It’s a flattering shot for her face and the best part is that it looks like Dita! I also decided to kill one of the inside shots that I was going to run, the black and white image. It’s always better to run a shorter story with “great” shots; than to dilute a fashion story with even one “okay” shot. One bad shot can kill four great ones.” – Stephen Kamifuji, Creative Director, Genlux
STYLE BISTRO: Dita Von Teese’s Beauty Routine Actually Takes Less Than Five Minutes
That’s not all the burlesque star divulged about her iconic style.
By Kristina Rodulfo on February 24, 2015
When Dita Von Teese walks in the room, you have to remind yourself that she lives in this current era and didn’t travel forward in time from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The pinup model, style icon and burlesque superstar performed recently at a celebration for the opening of W Beijing and we had a chance to chat with her before the act, which involved a huge birdcage and giant feather fans. Von Teese proved to be extremely down-to-earth and up for any questions (one other reporter even asked her about Fifty Shades of Grey, to which she responded, “That movie seems fetish-lite…and I know the real players out there.”). We decided to pick her brain about her glamorous fashion and beauty practices.
At a time when the au naturel look is trending and everyone is about convenience, why do you love taking time to doll up?
“I love to get dressed up but I actually don’t spend a lot of time on all of it. I choose certain signature things I like to have everyday: matte skin and red lips. On a normal day, I don’t wear anything else but that. It still looks very polished and like it takes time but it takes under five minutes.”
What do you do with your hair?
“I usually wear my hair in a chignon during the day, which takes no time, just a quick twist. But on a date night or an event night I get ready in about an hour. For full red carpet glamour, I take maybe an hour and a half when I add in all the texting and listening to music.”
My love of lingerie carved my entire career as a pinup model and burlesque star. ”
–Dita Von Teese
What do you wear when you’re having an “off” day?
“I usually just try to find something that works every time that makes me feel good. It depends on where I’m going to be. I have my favorite dresses. Whenever I’m packing, I’ll pick my favorite three things so I know I’m happy. Or, if I’m just staying home, I’ll put on a long dressing gown. I love at-home glamour: long robes and dressing gowns that are comfortable and make you feel good at the same time.”
Between your collaborations and your own lingerie line, you’re like an ambassador for pretty undergarments. Why do you care?
“I loved lingerie as a child. I had a feeling that it was like a right of passage of being a woman and I even worked in a lingerie store as a teenager. My love of lingerie carved my entire career as a pinup model and burlesque star. I feel like my desire of showing off lingerie—really fancy lingerie—is what got me into this, so I’ve come full circle having my own collection.”
What advice do you have for women trying to find the right lingerie?
“I think you need to be willing to try new things and also be understanding that right now is a great time where you have fit and function and beauty and glamour all in one. It’s not like you have to choose your sexy lingerie and then everyday lingerie; you can have it all now.”
BUSTLE: Dita Von Teese Talks Feminism & The Role That Burlesque Plays In The Movement Today
February 21, 2015
by Lia Beck
“So does Von Teese call herself a feminist? “It’s difficult to say, because everyone has a different view of what feminism is,” she says. That said, she leaves no doubt that she’s all for women feeling empowered. “From my point of view, it’s really about being able to do what you want, and being able to make whatever choice you want, so that’s how I see it. I don’t think we should be dictating to anyone what the feminist movement is.””
BUSTLE: Dita Von Teese Didn’t See ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ & She Has The Best Excuse
February 21, 2015
by Lia Beck
““I have not seen it and I have not read the book… It seems very, like, from what I understand, it’s very fetish light. I’m kind of an expert. I know the real players in that industry,” says Von Teese ahead of a performance at the W Downtown in New York.
It was only natural to ask the superstar burlesque performer about Fifty Shades of Grey, not only because of the movie’s popularity, but because Von Teese has past experience as a fetish model. And even though she hasn’t seen the movie, that’s not to say that she doesn’t see any value in the film and the books on which it is based. “I think it’s really wonderful that there is erotica that is reaching the mainstream. That women are embracing their sensual, sexual side.”
Von Teese does point out an issue with some of the reactions to the film, though, saying, “It’s a little distressing that people feel the need to compare it to domestic abuse. That shows a lack of intelligence about sexuality and the human mind.””
NEWS.COM.AU: Dita Von Teese talks sex, lingerie, and why no one stands a chance in a room with Sharon Stone
by Nadia Salemme
February 20, 2015
SHE is known for her racy style but Dita Von Teese says sex appeal is more about wit than what you wear.
“I’ve seen Sharon Stone in a room with a bunch of like Victoria’s Secret supermodels and I’ll tell you they don’t stand a chance,” Von Teese said, speaking from New York.
“I know a lot of beautiful, beautiful women, like supermodels, but I can tell you some of them don’t stand a chance against a woman who has … wit, wisdom and knowledge.
“I’ve seen it in action.”
Dita Von Teese performs during W Hotels kicks off of Global ‘Rock the Empire’ Tour to celebrate the opening of W Beijing
W New York Hotel, New York City
February 19, 2015
Dita is pictured with Global Brand Director of W Hotels Worldwide Sarah Doyle, Global Brand Leader of Starwood Luxury Hotels Paul James, Brand Marketing Director of North America Suzanne Cohen and model Hannah Davis.