'Strip Strip Hooray!' It's Dita Von Teese

[Summer Guide 2012] The striptease native brings her latest (and last?) burlesque extravaganza back to where it all began

"Anyone can throw on a feather boa and call themselves classy because they don't take their clothes off," she continues. "That's not the challenge. The challenge is to change people's minds about striptease. There was a time when striptease was actually a legitimate form of entertainment and not a bad word."

"Strip Strip Hooray!" is a revue that was two years in the making. Von Teese says that over the years, the production values of her shows have evolved, as has her performance style. Her acts have become more "womanly and sophisticated."

While she says she's in better shape than ever thanks to Pilates, ballet classes and following Kimberly Snyder's Beauty Detox Solution as if it were a religion, the 39-year-old claims, "This is it for me," in terms of performing.

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Location Info


The Yost Theater

307 N. Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Music Venues

Region: Santa Ana


"Strip Strip Hooray" at the Yost Theater; www.yosttheater.com. Wed.-Thurs., May 31. See website for show times. $35-$60.

Von Teese currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Paris, and she has her hands full with other projects—putting the finishing touches on a new beauty book while working on a dress collection, a perfume, and lingerie and cosmetics lines. She does want to create more shows, only now from the director's seat.

"I would like to step aside," she says. "I think it's very important to know when it's time."

No matter where she heads next, glamor will always reign in her life. When asked if she does anything that's un-Dita Von Teese—lounge at home in sweat pants? Walk outside with chipped nail polish?—she pauses. "I leave toothpaste in the sink," she says. "I had a boyfriend who was like, "Man, if anyone knew how much toothpaste you leave in the sink . . .'"

She smiles, reveling in her confession.

"I was like, 'Whatever,'" she says with a laugh. "Nobody's perfect."

This article appeared in print as "The Return of the Striptease Native: Dita Von Teese brings her latest (and last?) burlesque extravaganza back to where it all began."

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