Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Season's Greetings

Enjoy the holiday season, stay safe and see you all in 2013!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Pink Pearl Foundation Fundraiser & Movember 2012

Anyone who follows our blog knows that we are big supporters of Cancer research/awareness, having had loved ones battle (and in some cases lost the battle) with the disease. So when we were asked to attend the Pink Pearl Foundation 5th year anniversary and fundraiser The Pink Issue we were all to happy to be there and Niqua even volunteered her services as the MC! Held on 4th Novemeber 2012 at the Radisson Blu hotel Victoria Island, Lagos the event was a chance to raise awareness and funding towards all the great work the charity does in the area of Breast and Cervical cancer. All guests also left with a breast self examination kit courtesy of our host.

If you would like to donate money or volunteer your time to support their work do get in touch with them, more info here:

In keeping with the theme of raising awareness and funding for cancer research, I was sent an email from a close friend of mine who is taking part in Movember! Never heard of it, well Scroll down the email and get an idea! I really love the idea and this is his 2nd year being involved and I wanted to do my bit to get the word out there and encourage more people to support him and the initiative in general :)

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Back Soon...

We're on Summer holidays, well kind of, the rain has us thinking the Grinch didn't steal Christmas he stole Summer!
See you on the other side xxx

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend 2012

Imogen Kelly

Last weekend the glitter, pasties and feathers collided at the biggest annual event on the burlesquer's calendar The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHOF). An event celebrating the heroes past and present of our beloved art celebrated its 9th edition May 31st- 3rd June. It sucks to miss it but we've been online and thanks to the lovely people @ 21st century we've had a little peek a boo into what went down....

First Runner-Up:Ophelia Flame

Second Runner-Up:Trixie Little

Best Boylesque:Russell Bruner

Best Debut:Ruby Joule

Best Group: The Peek-A-Boo Revue

Best Duo: Frenchie Kiss and Jett Adore

Most Dazzling Dancer:Perle Noire

Most Classic:Ruby Joule

Most Comical:April O’Peel

Most Innovative:Koko La Douce

Check out the pics from the BHOF:

Here's what The reigning Queen had to say to 21st Century Burlesque prior to her win:

If I looked you up in a twinkling, rhinestone covered burlesque dictionary, what would the entry for ‘Imogen Kelly’ say?

Thankfully someone else would write that entry, but it would have to be something along the lines of being a daredevil pioneer, a scintillating rule breaker, and somewhere it would also have to mention that I’m a hell of a lot of fun.

Paint us a little picture of your everyday life and work in Oz…

Monday, 16 April 2012

Black Burlesque

I got sent these great images from my cousin recently, I thought I should share:

Its great to see images of women of colour as they so often get left out of the mainstream history of burlesque.

Sites like Flikr and Tumblr have become a great places to find these sort of images and our friends at Token Black Girls have a vast collection of pin-up and burlesquers from days gone by (

(click on the image to enlarge)

Sunday, 25 March 2012

How to Twirl a Nipple Tassel

culled from

1. Purchase (or make, if you’re crafty) the right pasties. Flat pasties and pasties with lightweight or stiff or improperly attached tassels won’t twirl. You need conical pasties and nice silky swinging tassels. At first you may feel like a cross between a Fembot and the blow-up doll in Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, but when you see what these sparkly puppies do for your profile, you’ll be one of us.

2. Use the right adhesive. Pasties have been known to fly off and away, and you can put an eye out with those things. The fastest and easiest adhesive is double-sided garment tape (or toupee tape, same thing), which you put on the pastie on the edge of the inside; then peel off the tape’s backing and press the pastie onto the desired location. Shake all over to see if it’s firmly attached, and then you’re ready for the main event.

3. Get into the right stance. Put your feet rather close together, raise your arms in the air like you just don’t care, bend your knees slightly, thrust your chest forward, and bounce on the balls of your feet. It will take a good ten to twenty bounces to find your rhythm; since it’s based on repetition, two or three bounces won’t make it happen. Keep it going and check it out—you’re doing it!

4. Put your right arm down. This will make the tassels twirl in the same direction. Put both arms down. This will make the tassels twirl opposite of the direction that they do when your arms are over your head. Physics made easy!

5. Look them right in the face. You have to keep your eyes up; when you look down you can stop the twirl by changing your shoulder positions, and you’ll look terrible in photographs if you’re double-chinning to stare at your own nipples in disbelief. Practice in front of a mirror and look ahead at yourself, and you’ll be twirling in style.

Jo “Boobs” Weldon is the Headmistress and Founder of the New York School of Burlesque, as well as the author of The Burlesque Handbook, the first-ever step-by-step guide to creating burlesque routines.
Illustration Mike Force

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Valentines Special

Its been so long and yes we have missed you! To show just how much we are back baring gifts (well one gift to a lucky follower).

As its the season of love we've decided to show you how much we care by offering one lucky reader a chance to win a pair of red sequined pasties (similar to these by Peekaboo Pointe). All you have to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on them is to send in 100 words or less what you've got in store for your loved one this valentines day, the most interesting escapade wins, its that easy!

All submissions should be sent to by no later than 5pm on 13th February 2012, please include your name and contact number in the email. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 14th 2012 and the pasties will be posted out to you.

So get mailing ;)