We talk to the fabulous burlesque dancer Perle Noire as part of our new series of burlesque interviews.
Name: Perle Noire the Black Pearl.
Burlesque CV: I’m beyond elated to profess that I have had the pleasure of working with EVERY burlesque queen worldwide. Including, Dita Von Teese, Catherine D’lish, Dirty Martini, Michelle L’amour, and Kalani Kokonuts, just to name a few.
I like to call myself, “The people’s choice” because I haven’t won any “ Queen” titles at BHOF, but I have won several awards throughout my career. I won Best Debut in 2008, Second Runner Up in 2009, Queen of Burlesque at the New Orleans Burlesque Fest and Most Dazzling Dancer 2012.
How/Why did you get into burlesque? I enjoy burlesque because it is the epitome of theatre, glamour, pageantry and showmanship! You can pay tribute, transform, evolve, and create with this beautiful, theatrical platform. And that is why I love the art form.
What’s your burlesque highlight: I have a plethora of highlights but seeing the Josephine Baker château is still at the top of my list. I performed with Immodesty Blaize in London and she took me to see my idol. Yes. It was a glorious moment in my burlesque phenomenon.
Who’s your burlesque icon? Toni Elling.
Top burlesque tip for non-burlesquers: Remember that life is a runway, darling. Someone is always watching darling. Be Fabulous!
Have you got plans to come to the UK? I was there in June with the lovely people at Sublime Boudoir.
Watch the performance which won Perle Noire Most Dazzling at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend:
Check out our interview with New York burlesque dancer Calamity Chang and our answer to: what is burlesque?