Burlesque Quotes

We share our favourite burlesque quotes from the inspirational women who pioneered the art form and continue it today. Which is your favourite?

Burlesque Quotes to Know

Burlexe create theatrical burlesque shows that celebrate and share the herstory of showgirls. This includes monologues inspired by burlesque legends and modern burlesque dancers.

Now we’re sharing our favourite snippets with these burlesque quotes from ten of the most iconic burlesque performers. Which is your favourite?

Josephine Baker

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American burlesque dancer, civil rights activist and all-round heroine, Josephine Baker is an icon of the genre and beyond. Her work and words will always remain in our hearts.

Sally Rand

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Burlesque legend, Sally Rand is known for developing the fan dance and balloon dance. Her impact is still felt in the art form today.

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Gypsy Rose Lee

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Arguably the most famous burlesque dancer of all time, it’s the wit and wisdom of one ,Gypsy Rose Lee. We can all learn a thing or two from this wonderful woman.

Mae West

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Mae West went from Vaudeville to acting, singing and writing. Her one-liner quips are a beacon of the age.


Lili St. Cyr

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The mystery, enigma and effeuilleuse, Lili St. Cyr had an extraordinary career. Marilyn Monroe even studied her movements. If she’s good enough for Marilyn…

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Tempest Storm

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The bad girl of 1950s burlesque, Tempest Storm continues to perform today. This lovely lady is leading the next generation and we love it.

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Bettie Page

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Pinup queen, Bettie Page is a cult icon that just won’t quit. Her style is still seen in pop culture decades on but she was entirely her own woman.

Tura Satana

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Another cult icon close to our hearts is none other than Tura Satana, B-movie star, burlesque dancer and Elvis paramore. Not to mention her am-ah-zing life story and kick-ass attitude.

Dita Von Teese

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The undisputed burlesque queen of breaking into the mainstream is Dita Von Teese. Her endless entrepreneurial ventures and unstoppable career are everything.

Immodesty Blaize

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We couldn’t leave this list without championing British burlesque in the form of Immodesty Blaize. The bonkbuster writer, documentary-maker and showgirl is a muse to us all.

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