What goes on in Vegas sometimes has international significance: the Burlesque Hall Of Fame announced a new batch of winners this weekend with Europeans walking away with quite a few of the top trophies.
After the annual tornado of tassels and flurry of fans that was the Burlesque Hall Of Fame 2013 Tournament of Tease, the glitter settled and the judges got round to announcing this year’s winners. While the list was dominated by Americans (quelle surprise), there were some hefty wins for those this side of the pond.
The top prize of the weekend, Miss Exotic World, the Reigning Queen Of Burlesque 2013, went to Lou Lou D’Vil. She recently headlined London Burlesque Festival after original headliner Catherine D’Lish and organiser Chaz Royal fell out in spectacular fashion. Ms D’Vil will also be waving the prize for “Most Classic” on her way through Customs and Excise.
The hotly-contested Best Debut award went to Lada Redstar from what is known now as Bosnia & Herzegovina. She grew up dancing to Red Army parades before seeking fame and fortune and moving to Paris.
London’s own Laurie Hagen can be well-pleased with her Most Innovative award. The trophy will sit alongside her Best Burlesque Act award garnered at the London Cabaret Awards in February. Her reverse striptease has wowed punters all over the capital – see for yourself what the fuss is about.
The full list of winners are:
Miss Exotic World 2013, The Reigning Queen Of Burlesque: LouLou D’vil Helsinki, Finland
First Runner-up: Sydni Deveraux Seattle, Washington
Second Runner-up: Lola Frost Vancouver, British Columbia
Best Debut: Lada Redstar Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Most Innovative: Laurie Hagen London, UK
Most Classic: LouLou D’vil Helsinki, Finland
Best Group: Swing Time Portland, Oregon
Best Duo: Sandria Dore & Russell Bruner Portland, Oregon
Most Dazzling Dancer: Sweetpea Minneapolis, Minnesota
Most Comedic: Mr. Gorgeous New York, New York
Best Boylesque: Ray Gunn Chicago, Illinois
More information on the Burlesque Hall Of Fame can be found on their official website.
Photo credit: Ken Sparkes for This Is Cabaret. See more from his Black Cat Cabaret shoot here.