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Meet the Latinas of Burlesque
These ladies are taking over an art form that’s been entertaining audiences for over a hundred years.
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Bianca Dagga
(Courtesy of Bianca Dagga)

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"While most of my performances tell stories about things other than my Latina identity, there is always a direct connection for me that comes from my roots."-Bianca Dagga
(Courtesy of Bianca Dagga)

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Chili Pepper
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Chili Pepper
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Grace Gotham
(DallasPinUp.com)

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Grace Gotham
(DallasPinUp.com)

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"The burlesque community, although spread out worldwide, is a very tight knit community composed of fabulously open-minded and friendly artists who support each other like no other network of people to which I have ever belonged."-Grace Gotham
(DallasPinUp.com)

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Grace Gotham
(DallasPinUp.com)

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Grace Gotham
(DallasPinUp.com)

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"I don't want to be Kita St. Cyr, the Puerto Rican burlesque performer. I want to be Kita St. Cyr, the burlesque performer who's also Puerto Rican."-Kita St. Cyr
(Fernando Pacheco)

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Kita St. Cyr
(Fernando Pacheco)

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Kita St. Cyr
(Fernando Pacheco)

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La Chica Boom
(Bousa Concepts)

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La Chica Boom
(Amanda Brooks)

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"Instead of ignoring the fact that the audience is actually seeing me as a stereotypical image of a Latina, I play with that. I bring to life the Chicana/Mexican-American/Mexican myths, the stereotypes thought of us. I bring them to life in order to laugh at them."-La Chica Boom
(Hannah Quevedo)

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La Chica Boom
(POC Photo ©2010)

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La Cholita
(Courtesy of La Cholita)

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La Cholita
(S.H. Photo)

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La Cholita
(S.H.Photo 2007)

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"All of my acts are inspired by my culture. Whether it's the food I eat to the festivities, I incorporate it into my art, just like any other artist does. My art happens to be burlesque."-La Cholita
(Laura Byrnes )

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La Cholita
(S.H. Photo)

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"Like many women I have known in the Hispanic community, I grew up strictly Catholic. My mom almost became a nun before I was born. It was hard to talk about sex or alternative ideas regarding spirituality or the creative urge growing up. As a performer now, I address all of these subjects and I have to say that it has helped to facilitate some profound emotional growth."-Little Luna
(Johnny B)

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Medianoche
(MedianocheBurlesque.com)

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Mitzi Dore
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Mitzi Dore
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Novita
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Ricci Cortez
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Ricci Cortez
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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Ricci Cortez
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

Ruby Champagne

"Since burlesque is a classic art form, curves are loved and appreciated. And Latinas are known for having hourglass figures, which is another encouraging factor for women who may be body-conscious about their big hips (like me)."-Ruby Champagne
(Courtesy of Ruby Champagne)

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Ruby Champagne
(Courtesy of Ruby Champagne)

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Ruby Champagne
(Angel Morales)

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Ruby Champagne
(Courtesy of Ruby Champagne)

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"Burlesque is a great way to be uninhibited and cut loose…all apprehensions are out the window. It’s kind of like, why would anyone want to be in a rock band?"-Selene Luna
(Austin Young)

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Selene Luna
(Oded Levy)

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Selene Luna
(Austin Young)

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Selene Luna
(Albert Sanchez)

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Tongolele
(Burlesque Hall of Fame)

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"I grew up going to Mexican dances, surrounded by the most provocative women who didn't give a damn and knew they were sexy. That's what I wanted-to be free and not give a damn."-Viva Valezz!
(Devyne.net)

Meet the Latinas of Burlesque

These ladies are taking over an art form that’s been entertaining audiences for over a hundred years.

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