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Dita Von Teese

On the cover of Playboy, December 2002. Cover of a book by Midori, featuring Dita Von Teese in bondage.

Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist.

Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters.

She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. She also acts, in such movies 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.

Appearances in Playboy Special Editions

  • Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9).
  • Playboy's Real Sex February 1998.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15).
  • Playboy's Body Language October 1998.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 64 November 1998 (pages 84-85).
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 66 March 1999.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29).
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 69 September 1999.
  • Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81).
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 70 November 1999.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 72 March 2000.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69).
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 75 September 2000.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 78 March 2001.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 84 March 2002.
  • Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003.

Marriage

On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. The two have been a couple since 2000.

References and further reading

  • Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. ISBN 0060591676.

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. In addition to this, novels such as Ethan Frome also use a winter setting to mirror the bleak, frozen feelings that the characters harbor. She also acts, in such movies 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. There are many films in which a winter setting plays an important role, Fargo being an example. She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. Other uses of winter in the graphic arts occur in Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. The land of Frigia is also featured in the serial Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters. In Alex Raymond's comic strip, Flash Gordon, there is a land called Frigia, where it is always winter. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. LeGuin's novel The Left Hand of Darkness is set on a planet named Winter. ISBN 0060591676. Ursula K. Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. Winter is one movement in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons;" and there are many examples of four paintings, all showing the same scene in different seasons.

Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where it was always winter but never Christmas. 84 March 2002. S. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Some use winter to suggest death, as in Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Some use it to suggest the absence of hope, as in C. 78 March 2001. Winter is highly symbolic of many things to many people and has been used to represent various things by artists in all media.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Although causes include genetic disposition and stress, the prevailing environmental influence is decreased exposure to light due to winter weather patterns. 75 September 2000. Symptoms include sleeping more, tiredness, depression, and physical aches. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The severest cases of this type of depression is diagnosed as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). Around winter months, a gloominess, called "winter blues" or "February blahs" or "Holiday depression"-- during November and December in the northern hemisphere-- is informally noted amongst people.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Passing seasons change the habits and moods of people. 72 March 2000. Larger plants, particularly deciduous trees, usually let their upper part die, but their roots are still protected by the snow layer. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. As for perennial plants, many small ones profit from the insulating effects of snow by being buried in it. 70 November 1999. Annual plants never survive the winter.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. To survive the harshness of winter, many animals have developed different behavioral and morphological adaptations:. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). This effect is compounded by the larger distance that the light must travel through the atmosphere, allowing it to filter more of this already limited heat. 69 September 1999. In regions experiencing winter, the same amount of solar radiation is spread out over a larger area. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. During winter in either hemisphere, the radiation from the Sun hits that hemisphere at an oblique angle.

67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29). When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere faces the Sun more directly and thus experiences warmer temperatures than the Northern Hemisphere. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. It is this variation that primarily brings about the seasons. 66 March 1999. The planet is tilted at an angle of 23°27' (23 degrees 27 minutes) to the plane of its orbit, and this causes different latitudes on the Earth to directly face the Sun as the Earth moves through its orbit. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. For example, winter occurs in the Northern Hemisphere when the Earth is closest to the Sun.

64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). The popular belief that winter is caused by the Earth moving away from the Sun in its orbit is not true. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Our planet remains tilted on its axis, and this has a dramatic effect on the weather. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. Elsewhere, in Chinese astronomy (and other East Asian calenders), winter is taken to commence on or around November 7, with the Jiéqì known as (立冬 lì dōng, literally "establishment of winter".). 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). However, in the United Kingdom and Ireland the winter solstice is traditionally considered as midwinter, the winter season beginning November 1 on All Hallows or Samhain.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In meteorology, it is by convention counted instead as the whole months of June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere and December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. Astronomically, it starts with the winter solstice (around December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere), and ends with the spring equinox (around March 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and September 23 in the Southern Hemisphere). 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). A rare meteorological phenomenon encountered during winter is ice fog, which is composed of ice crystals suspended in the air and happening only at very low temperatures (at least 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit). Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Blizzards often develop and cause many transportation delays.

Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. Outside the equatorial areas, winter is cold and (particularly in the Northern Hemisphere) snowy. Measured astronomically, winter begins on the shortest day of the year, and each day of winter has more sunlight than the previous one. Nighttime predominates the winter season, and in some regions it has the highest rate of precipitation as well as prolonged dampness due to permanent snow cover in such areas. Meteorological winter is the season having the shortest days (which vary greatly according to latitude) and the lowest temperatures.

. However, many cultures in Europe consider winter to begin in November. Contemporary meteorology takes winter to be the months of December, January, and February in the Northern Hemisphere and June, July, and August in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on place and culture, what is considered to be the start and end of winter vary.

In areas farther from the equator, winter is often marked by snow. It is the season with the shortest days and the lowest temperatures. Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. Most notorious however was an unofficial strike by gravediggers.

Lorry drivers, train drivers, nurses, most public sector employees, refuse collectors, and workers at Ford Motors all went on strike. The Winter of Discontent is the name for the British winter of 1978-79, during which there were widespread strikes. Russian Winters of 1812/13 and 1941/42. Mice and voles typically live under the snow layer.

Snow also affects the ways animals behave, as many take advantage of the insulating properties of snow by burrowing in it. The heavier winter coat made this season a favorite for trappers who sought more profitable skins. The coat is then shed following the winter season to allow better cooling. This improves the heat-retention qualities of the fur.

Some fur-coated mammals grow a heavier fur coat during the winter. Examples are the ptarmigan, the arctic fox, the weasel, the white-tailed jack rabbit or the mountain hare. The color of the fur or plumage are changed to white in order to be confused with snow and thus, to retain their cryptic coloration year round. Resistance is observed when an animal endures winter, but changes in ways such as color and musculature.

This is the case of squirrels, beavers, skunks, badgers and raccoons. Some animals store food for the winter and live upon it instead of hibernating completely. For example, gophers, bears, frogs, snakes or bats hibernate. These animals "sleep" during winter and only come out as warm weather returns.

Hibernation is a state of reduced metabolic activity during the winter. the cardinal do not migrate. However some birds, i.e. Migration is a common effect of winter upon animals, affecting basically birds.

Ice Sculpture - elaborate sculptures are carved out of blocks of ice. Ice diving - a type of penetration diving where the dive takes place under ice. Ice fishing - the sport of catching fish with lines and hooks through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water. Ice boating - a means of travel in a specialized boat similar in appearance to a sailboat but fitted with skis or runners (skates) and designed to run over ice instead of (liquid) water.

Ice Skating - a means of traveling on ice with skates, narrow (and sometimes parabolic) blade-like devices moulded into special boots (or, more primitively, without boots, tied to regular footwear). Snowman building - creating a man-like model out of snow. Snowshoeing - a means of travel in which one is able to walk on top of the snow by increasing the surface area of their feet. Snowboarding - an increasingly common sport where participants strap a composite board to their feet and slide down a snow-covered mountain.

Snowball fight - a physical game in which snowballs are thrown with the intention of hitting someone else. Sledding - a downhill activity where the user uses a sled to glide down the hill. Skiing - the activity of gliding over snow using what is now fiberglass planks called skis that are strapped to the skiers' feet with ski bindings. Bobsledding - a winter sport in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked purpose-built iced tracks in a gravity-powered, steerable sled.

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