Quick Fire Questions:
Sweet or salty?
I have the sweetest tooth there ever was. Bring me cake. All of it.
Paint the town…
PINK! Pink all day, every day.
I was married in a pink wedding dress at a pink location so I think it’s safe to say pink is my favourite colour.
What can’t you live without?
Boring, but my to-do list app: Nothing else would happen without it!
What brought burlesque into your world and what do you love most about it?
I just adore burlesque and it was my other true love of vintage pinup modelling and fashion which brought burlesque into my life. After winning a pinup competition in 2014, I was gifted a term at the Bombshell Burlesque Academy here in Brisbane and that’s where it all began. If you’d told me years ago I’d have the confidence to seduce a room with sultry striptease, I’d have laughed in your face. And yet, here I am! Perhaps my fascination with Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge at age 11 should have been a giveaway as to what was to come?
How did burlesque impact your self-confidence?
Despite the fact I’m often confused as being an extrovert, I’m very much an introvert at heart who has always battled many a moment of self-doubt along the way. Before burlesque, I’d very rarely felt sexy in my own skin and focused so much on hang ups with my physical appearance. Burlesque is a wonderful creative outlet which helps me to drown out the sound of those lingering inner voices and replace them with a wailing saxophone I can sparkle and strip to.
Challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and onto the stage showed me I was sexy and could inspire others to challenge themselves in this way too.
As well as changing the way I see myself, burlesque has really changed my perception of what constitutes beautiful and sexy in others too. I see beauty in all shapes, colours, and sizes when at one point in my life, this view was so governed by what I saw predominantly shown in various media. Burlesque really opened my eyes wide to this and it’s been life changing.