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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.
. 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. Among the imitators on the internet:. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. The initial success of the show's concept spawned several imitators, mostly on the websites, but also including "The Daily Flash", a news program on Playboy TV. 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. Past male anchors are:.

. The current male anchors are:. 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. Past female anchors are:. She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. The current female anchors are:. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. The female announcers have been featured in almost every media including television (CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The View, Sally Jesse Raphaƫl, and numerous appearances on Entertainment Tonight and ET Insider) newspapers and magazines, (TV Guide, Playboy) and as guests on multiple radio shows including Howard Stern.

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. Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. ISBN 0060591676. As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto.

Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. It was said that events like the 2005 Indian Ocean Earthquake were reported in the nude, while news of the London bombings as well as all follow-up reports and interviews done in the following days, were done fully clothed both in studio and in London. 84 March 2002. This too has proven to be controversial as observers have complained that stories that warranted "fully-clothed" coverage were, in fact, Western or "Eurocentric" tragedies, while disasters happening elsewhere in the world were deemed "less important." In actuality, the producers of Naked News have instituted a basic rule in this area: No disrobing during any news coverage of a major tragedy anywhere in the world. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. 78 March 2001. She did not undress when she read the news of the death of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, nor for the September 11, 2001 program (which was not aired).

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. 75 September 2000. Critics charge that the nudity is little more than a gimmick that trivializes important news events, while proponents argue that such gimmicks exist on most television news already; nudity is just a particularly successful one. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. 72 March 2000. The show is or has been available on pay-per-view or by subscription in various markets in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even France (dubbed into French). Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Its offshoot Naked News TV aired as a late-night television series on the Toronto television station Citytv, and (until February 2005) on British satellite channel Get Lucky TV. 70 November 1999. Although it was originally targeted towards female viewers (at one point said to be 30% of the website's audience), the male show now openly promotes itself as news from a gay perspective.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. 69 September 1999. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Part of the large amounts of web traffic in the site's early days was because the entire newscast could be viewed for free, though subscribers got access to a higher bandwidth feed and other extras.

67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29). This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. 66 March 1999. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast.

64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). . Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments.

Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Naked News, billing itself as "the program with nothing to hide", is a subscription website featuring a real television newscast prepared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website. 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers.

Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. Robert Milan. Warren Michaels. Brock Stern. Brendan Tanner.

Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. Cole McQuade. Derek Shaw. Malcolm Matisse.

Jack Lange. Jeremy Chase. Raoul Santos. Lucas Tyler - The first male anchor of the show, now also producer and director, said to bear a strong resemblance to NBC newsman Matt Lauer.

Sarah Winters. Kelli Graham. Kaye Grant. Gretchen Frazier.

Allyson Jones. Erin Sherwood. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. Brooke Roberts. Diane Foster.

Erica Stevens. Samantha Page. Ashley Jenning. Yukiko Kimura.

Cameron Shore. Gia Gomez. Christine Kerr. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City.

Lily Kwan. Sandrine Renard. Roxanne West. "Athena the Greek".

Athena King - a.k.a. April Torres. 2002. 2001, and returned in Nov.

Sinclair left the show in Sept. Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added.

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