What is naughtier than burlesque? Such a delicious, sensuous, playful wink and nod at proper behavior. There's so much to like about it.
The women of burlesque tend toward the curvaceous. None of that "stick figure heroin chic perpetually pissed-off catwalk model" look. Oh no. These women look like women. Their costumes highlight their femininity. Unlike a strip club dancer, they emphasize the tease in striptease.
I haven't seen Cher and Christina Aguilera's movie Burlesque, so I can't comment on it. In a way, it worries me, because by the time Hollywood notices a trend and makes a movie that proves that they have no understanding of it, the trend is usually about to die. On the other hand, several burlesque troupes are among my FaceBook friends, and they seem hard at work on their shows, so maybe the Hollywood curse won't be enough to kill the resurgence.
So what brought burlesque back? Maybe people got tired of the in-your-face style of strip club dancers. Maybe it was a backlash against the jutting ribs, plastic boobs and shaved pussies that made women look about as sexy as plastic dolls. Or maybe it's just that someone offered something different to jaded palates and had the ability and vision to do it right.
If you don't already know about her. allow me to introduce Dita Von Teese:
Dita Von Teese didn't start the resurgence of burlesque, but she's its biggest star. She embraces the glamour look of long ago Hollywood and mixes it with social network savvy, the skill of a trained dancer, and eye of a former costume designer. Great costumes and the ability to look like she stepped out of a pinup poster isn't what made her, though. She tapped into our desire to be seduced. She's flirty, feminine, stylish, seductive, and above all, a great tease. What could be naughtier, or nicer, than that?