Dita Von Teese

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Dita Von Teese
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Dita Von Teese
Background information
Birthdate: Sep 28, 1972 (age 42 ) (or 1975?)
Location: Rochester, MI USA Flag of USA.png
Other names: Heather Sweet
Occupation: Burlesque Model
Website: http://www.dita.net
Height: 5' 8" / 1.73m
Weight: 112 lbs / 51 kg
Measurments: 32C-21-33
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Green/brown
Ethnicity: Caucasian

This article is about a porn star

Dita Von Teese was awarded the
in 2003 for Best Bondage Model - 17th Place

Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist, and is generally credited as helping to revive the burlesque scene, and she is married to musician, Marilyn Manson


Dita Von Teese was born in a small town in Michigan and raised in a historic antique filled home. Her mother was a manicurist and her father was a machinist.

Her fascination with 1940s cinema and classic retro style began at a young age and was fostered by her mother, who would buy clothes for Dita to dress up in. Her mother was a fan of old, Golden-era Hollywood films, and it was from her that Dita developed a fascination with the actresses of that day, especially Betty Grable, an actress that she frequently cites as her favourite.

She was classically trained as a ballet dancer from age five, and danced solo at age thirteen for a local ballet company. Though she originally wanted to be a ballerina, Dita states that "By 15 I was as good as I’d ever be". She was later to incorporate this element into her burlesque shows, where she frequently goes en pointe.

At age twelve she moved from Michigan to Orange County, California with her parents and her two sisters. Shortly after, her father left her mother. She later re-married.

As a teenager, Dita's mother took her to buy her first bra, made from plain white cotton, and gave her a plastic egg containing a pair of wrinkly, flesh-coloured tights. The young Dita was very disappointed. She had been hoping to receive beautiful lacy garments and stockings, as she had glimpsed in her father's ayboy]]s. This fuelled her passion for lingerie. She worked in a lingerie store as a salesgirl when she was fifteen, and eventually as a buyer. This was where she got her first corset.

In college she studied historic costuming and aspired to work as a stylist for period films. She is a trained costume designer.

She began her career in a local strip club when she was nineteen. Disappointed with the lack originality in all the other strippers' acts, Dita created a vintage-inspired look, with bee-hive hairstyle and elbow-length gloves, confusing and fascinating the clientele. Dita later became a fetish model and finally a burlesque star. Her retro pin-up look, frequently emulating Bettie Page in photo shoots, set her apart from most other fetish models.

Her official website, often referred to as one of the first model sites on the internet, was created in 1992 [1]

Her first name, Dita, is a tribute to silent film actress Dita Parlo. [2]

She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. It was her Playboy cover in December of 2002 that gave her her last name. Originally known simply as 'Dita', Playboy insisted she use a last name. She picked "Von Treese" out of the phonebook, but it was misspelled "Von Teese". Dita, preferring the typo, adopted it as her name. Dita says that it is her appearances in Playboy that finally won her father's respect for her profession.

Von Teese has always been fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings from a young age, and in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, elaborate dance shows with props and characters, often inspired by 1930s and 1940s musicals and films. Some of her famous dances include a feather fan dance, and numbers involving a carousel horse, a giant powder compact, a filigree heart and a claw-toe bathtub with a working showerhead. Her signature show features a giant martini glass.

She is also an actress. In her early years she appeared in fetish-related movies such as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence. Later, she appeared in more mainstream features, such as the 2005 short film, The Death of Salvador Dali, written by Delaney Bishop, which won best screenplay, best cinematography, and best Actress for Dita Von Teese at recent festivals, including SXSW (South by Southwest musical festival in Austin, Texas), Raindance Film Festival, Denmark Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival. She is also due to appear in the upcoming Saint Francis feature film, and The Boom Boom Room, due in 2007.

Dita frequents the front row of at fashion shows, particularly Moschino and Marc Jacobs, labels she is often seen wearing. In the 2006, Milan Fashion Week, Dita was on the catwalk, opening the Moschino diffusion label, Moschino Cheap & Chic, autumn/winter 2006/7 show. She has also modeled for former-club kid Richie Rich's fashion label, Heatherette for Los Angeles Fashion Week, Spring 2004. Additionally, she became the face of Australian clothing range Wheels and Dollbaby for their 2006/7 Spring/Summer advertising campaign. She has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue magazine, Elle, and international issues of nearly every fashion magazine.

In spite of this, Dita states that she never uses a stylist. "The one time I hired a stylist, they picked up a pair of my 1940s shoes and said, "These would look really cute with jeans." I immediately said, 'You’re out of here.'" She does her own make-up, and dyes her naturally blonde hair black at home.

Dita's first book which consisted of her opinions on the history burlesque and fetish, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese, was published in 2006 by HarperCollins. Vanity Fair called her "a Burlesque Superheroine."


Movie Title Distributor Notes Year Formats
Portions of this filmography from http://www.iafd.com
Pin-ups 2 Studio A Entertainment LezOnly 1999  
Slick City Gwen Media NonSex 2001  
Tickle Party 2 FM Concepts NonSex 2001  

Personal Life

Marilyn Manson had been a long time fan, and was a member of her website. They first met when he asked her to dance in one of his music videos. Though she was unable to, the two kept in contact. On Manson's 32nd birthday, in 2001 [http://www.mansonusa.com/php-bin/news/fullnews.php?id=369 Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

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