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
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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
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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
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    Grace Gotham
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    Grace Gotham
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    Grace Gotham
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    Kita Cap

    "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
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    La Cholita
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    La Cholita
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    La Cholita
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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
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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
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    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
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    Ruby Champagne
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    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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    Oded Levy
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    Tongolele
    Burlesque Hall of Fame
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    Viva Valezz!

    "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!
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