Striptease star and corset collector Dita Von Teese visited New York on Tuesday night to unveil Cointreau Travel Essentials, her portable cocktail kit for women on the go. Swizzle-stick thin and flanked by New York’s downtown comedy king Murray Hill, she talked to Metro about why the new burlesque scene attracts so many female fans.
“I think it’s because they like to see an alternative kind of beauty. I’m not tan, I’m not blonde, I don’t look right in a bikini.” When we protested, she explained, “Running on the beach in a bikini isn’t really my thing. I’m never going to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, let’s put it that way.”
With so many women embracing burlesque, does she see the corset making a comeback? “I think what’s great is we have the option. We can wear whatever we want, and we can be whoever we want — and if we want to wear a corset, we can wear it our way. There are lots of ways to bring the corset into your life without suffering.”
New to burlesque? Dita suggests catching a Dirty Martini show (www.missdirtymartini.com). “She’s one of my favorite performers, and one of those women who shows that you can be beautiful at any size.”
— With additional reporting by Rebecca Finkel
Who is the sexiest? Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper has been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Why? Let the fawning magazine count the ways: He went to Georgetown University (preppy!), cooks, is fluent in French, but isn’t prissy, ‘cause the dude knows how to drive a motorcycle. And, if that’s not all, he’s close to his mother. “My mother is going to be so happy,” he told the magazine when he first found out the news. He also probably thought: “I’m going to get so much more tail because of this. Way to go, self.”
Or perhaps he didn’t think that? “If you’re a single man and you happen to be in this business,” he told the magazine, “you’re deemed a player. But I don’t see myself as a ladies’ man.” For the interview, Cooper was mum on his current relationships (including the gossip he was/is hooking up with Jennifer Lopez), just saying he describes himself as “single 36-year-old male.”