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Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese: Sexier than ever

Sex sells.

And there’s no better woman to prove that than Dita Von Teese.

The burlesque queen will bring her over the top striptease act “The Art of the Teese” to the Fillmore Miami Beach Friday night. Von Teese’s sexy moves remain the same, but the show has gone through some tweaks. Expect plenty of lace, corsets, and stockings from the sizzling fashionista. The one major change: Von Teese has gone back to her blond roots.

Good morning, #SanAntonio! I just woke up, it's our opening night of The Art of the Teese here, and I'm happy to say that I've been given approval on releasing more general admission tickets, and donating 100% of the proceeds to Houston. For more information, see below. Dita Von Teese and @theaztectheatre are donating 100% of proceeds for the next 100 GA tickets sold to her "Art of the Teese" 8/29 performance (tonight!) to the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In addition, there will be signed photo prints at the merchandise table with 100% of the proceeds donated to the GHCF Relief Fund as well. Please visit http://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/ to make additional donations. These tickets can be purchased by calling the box office, at the door tonight or click link in bio. Our hearts are with you, Houston.

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“I’ve been dying my hair for as long as I can remember, probably the last 25 years,” said the Michigan native before her trip. “People know me for my black hair and pale skin. I’ve fantasized about doing this and it’s a nice unexpected twist when the audience first sees me.”

OK, the secret’s out, but there are surprises in store. 

“TAOTT” promises to bring you “an opulent evening of glamour and seduction,” reads a release. 

Dita will be performing some of her best-loved acts and some new routines that have never been seen on tour before.

On my way to San Antonio to kick off #artoftheteese with @jonnymcgovernisyourdaddy @violetchachki @gingerleevalentine @jettadore @dirtymartininyc @_alekpalinski @elio__martinez @zeliarose (link to tix in bio)

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Take Von Teese’s most famous prop — the giant glass she slinks around in on stage. It’s definitely still in the picture, but this updated champagne coupe is gilded and bedazzled with Swarovski crystals.

“This is probably the most ambitious glass we’ve done so far,” she explained of her signature accessory. “There’s this giant sponge strawberry inside. It’s beautiful.”

Every time she goes on tour, the Your Beauty Mark author thinks about various ways to, um, please spectators.

“I think of someone like Madonna when we plan the choreography. The way she does ‘Like A Virgin’ differently every time. I try to reinvent myself and really push the envelope.”

At 44, Von Teese still has the moves —and sleek physique. 

“Physically, I make sure I’m as strong as possible,” said the Pilates fan, adding she is opting for more weight training and yoga lately. “I work out at an actual gym now. I walk around and see all the men doing their thing and it’s entertaining. Fascinating actually. You have to like what you do to have that motivation.”

Since starting out in 1992 as a headliner at strip clubs and fetish parties, Von Teese has seen a lot of changes over the years. 

“I feel like the audience has shifted,” she said. “It used to be predominantly male and a lot of couples too. But now I’m looking out at this wonderful, diverse atmosphere — the LGBQ community as well as eccentric pinup girls and drag queens. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m having the time of my life.”

The sometime actress especially excited about bringing her act to The Fillmore.

“The production level is something that is really important to me. We bring our own curtains, lights, music. I have a semi truck packed to the gills. We build out every scene. We need to have the right sizing to make it work and I think it works.”

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