Cultist: Dita Talks Her Stripper Days, Beauty Tips & Miami’s Sluttiness

Cultist: Dita Von Teese Talks Her Stripper Days, Beauty Tips, and Miami’s Sluttiness
By Stacey Russell
Friday, November 18, 2011

The ’50s had Marilyn Monroe. A few women since have come close to epitomizing her glamor, but none really truly reached her status. Then, came Dita Von Teese.

For those of you who don’t know who she is, maybe you are like our mother who asked, “Wait, that girl who was married to Marilyn Manson?” But you also might know she takes her clothes off for a living as a world famous burlesque dancer. But don’t call her a stripper. Well, if you do, she actually doesn’t mind.

Hours before her “My Cointreau Travel Essentials” party at the Mondrian South Beach for the spirit’s US launch of her new to-go mini bar, we got the chance to sit down with Von Teese. And in what seemed like five minutes, we talked marriage, Miami, and being the burlesque maven she is today.

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Miami Herald: Dita Von Teese shares cocktail secrets

Miami Herald: Dita Von Teese shares cocktail secrets
by Madeleine Marr
Friday, November 18, 2011

Va va voom! Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese breezed into town Thursday night to make an appearance at the Mondrian Hotel. The always impeccably dressed beauty was doing her part as Cointreau International Ambassador, introducing South Beach jetsetters to “My Cointreau Travel Essentials,” a retro-style coffret containing a minibar with all the right cocktail accessories, including a jigger, hot pink shaker and atomizer.

Dita also kicked off a travel package with her name all over it. Guests staying at the Mondrian or other Morgans Hotel properties through Dec. 30 can get the luxe box in their rooms as well as “Drinks by Dita” suggestions.

We talked Von Teese, 39, who was born Heather Sweet in Rochester, Mich.

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Dita Von Teese Gives the Mini Bar a Whole New Meaning

Dita Von Teese Gives the Mini Bar a Whole New Meaning
by Paul West
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese and Cointreau have teamed up to create the “My Cointreau Travel Essentials”—an on-the-go bar that fits perfectly into an elegant, yet retro-style hat box. For a libation enthusiast such as myself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with Von Teese at the Royalton Hotel in New York City and find out more.

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Wearing a corset? It’s a cinch, says Von Teese

Wearing a corset? It’s a cinch, says Von Teese
by Dorothy Robinson
with additional reporting by Rebecca Finkel
November 16, 2011

Dita Von Teese attended the My Cointreau Travel Essentials event at the Forty Four at the Royalton on Tuesday.

Striptease star and corset collector Dita Von Teese visited New York on Tuesday night to unveil Cointreau Travel Essentials, her portable cocktail kit for women on the go. Swizzle-stick thin and flanked by New York’s downtown comedy king Murray Hill, she talked to Metro about why the new burlesque scene attracts so many female fans.

“I think it’s because they like to see an alternative kind of beauty. I’m not tan, I’m not blonde, I don’t look right in a bikini.” When we protested, she explained, “Running on the beach in a bikini isn’t really my thing. I’m never going to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, let’s put it that way.”

With so many women embracing burlesque, does she see the corset making a comeback? “I think what’s great is we have the option. We can wear whatever we want, and we can be whoever we want — and if we want to wear a corset, we can wear it our way. There are lots of ways to bring the corset into your life without suffering.”

New to burlesque? Dita suggests catching a Dirty Martini show (www.missdirtymartini.com). “She’s one of my favorite performers, and one of those women who shows that you can be beautiful at any size.”