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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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The two have been a couple since 2000. It has been the site of prayer vigils on the right and gay-pride events on the left. 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. Regardless of one's stance on the statue, it provokes powerful emotional responses. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. Otherwise, don't get your toga in a wad.". 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. "If you have such a peculiar fetish for bronze that fondling Musica's tambourine will be simply irresistible, just steer clear of the roundabout.

. Talk about your buns of steel." She urged bemused indifference to the current controversy. 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. But look at the back of the statue. She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. Columnist Gail Kerr of The Tennessean writes, "At the War Memorial Plaza, the enormously tall statue also has some careful draping going on. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Proponents of the statue are equally vehement in its defense.

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. Sutton, Brinton and others called for removal of the statue from public view, but it remains firmly in place, and is a centerpiece of the urban renewal project that is currently underway in the Music Row neighborhood. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. "It seems quite hypocritical to me that, in a nation like ours, naked statues paid for by private money can be displayed on public land but a copy of the Ten Commandments paid for by private funds could not," says Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville. ISBN 0060591676. Others were equally indignant. Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. One television commentator, Larry Brinton, referred to the statue constantly as "the naked statue" after its unveiling.

Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. They are semi-hidden, but they are definitely there," according to LeQuire. 84 March 2002. Because of the textured surface, the genitalia "don't really grab your attention. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The work was controversial in conservative Nashville because of the representation of frontal nudity, although it is generally considered that the work is entirely tasteful and not at all sexualized. 78 March 2001. That was the whole reason for the roundabout itself, and those who created it always imagined a monument that went in the center.".

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Plus, everyone felt that Music Row, as important as it has been, never had a sort of identifying feature. 75 September 2000. The artist is quoted as saying, "They wanted to do something lasting for that area, which is such a significant place in the history and future of Nashville. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Such a permanent tribute, since approved by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and Metro Council, is what project backers sought originally when they approached LeQuire several years back. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). The $1.1-million project, funded by local arts patrons who gave on the condition of anonymity, is being offered as a gift to the city to highlight that very point.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. This is a multicultural city with an amazing number of ethnicities in it. Using live models, whose facial and bodily features he depicted, LeQuire created two Caucasian women and one Caucasian man; an African-American man and woman; one Asian-American woman; a Native American man; and a Latino man and woman. 72 March 2000. Just as I wanted all different kinds of music included, not just country, I always wanted it to be a reflection of our culture the way it is, he said. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. He also intended for the work to make a statement about diversity and racial harmony. 70 November 1999. This is what happens in the sculpture, and the title Musica suggests this since it refers to all the 'arts of the muses.'".

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. An artistic idea often seems to miraculously and spontaneously burst forth. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). The theme is music, but the sculpture represents artistic creativity itself. 69 September 1999. It is meant to provide a visual icon for the area and for the city as a whole. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The sculpture conveys the importance of music to Nashville, past, present and future, and represents all forms of music without reference to any one form or style.

67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29). This is the heart of Music Row, the area and the artistic activity for which Nashville is best known. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The theme of the sculpture is music, because of the historical and economic significance of the site. 66 March 1999. LeQuire writes of his work, "Dance is the physical expression of music and the piece is intended to convey that feeling to the viewer in a composition which is simple, exuberant and celebratory. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. It weighs approximately 10 tons.

64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). Much of the work on the statue was actually done at a foundry in Wyoming, with the pieces transported and assembled onsite. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The other part of the base is composed of massive natural limestone boulders, which are prevalent in the Nashville area. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. The dancers and part of the base are cast in bronze. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). The scale of each figure is fourteen to fifteen feet, or more than twice life-size.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The pinnacle of the statue is a female holding a tambourine. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. Four more rise up in the center floating above the others. 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). There are five figures which spring forth from the base. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. It features nine nude figures, male and female, dancing in a circular composition approximately 38 feet (11.5 meters) tall.

Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. Musica is Alan LeQuire's largest sculpture commission to date. . Musica is a bronze statue unveiled in 2003 that sits in a grassy knoll at the center of a traffic rotary where Division Street meets 17th Avenue South across from the Owen Bradley Park in the Music Row area of Nashville, Tennessee. Baptist Press Article on Musica.

The Tennessean. Alan LeQuire Page.

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