What’s that you say? You’re not even entirely sure exactly what burlesque is? Does it matter? The girls are gorgeous—not to mention outrageous and boisterous—and the shows are entertaining as hell. What’s happening these days, though, is not so much a revival as it is a reinvention! This is not your grandparents’ burlesque. It’s much hotter. Cases in point…
LouLou D’Vil: This European burlesque sensation now calls Vegas home (which makes perfect sense), and her Instagram boasts 81,000 followers. LouLou is a model too, with the occasional “fetish performance” booked by her reputable management company, Big Cartel. Check out the pics on her page—her audience is predominantly female!
Cyd Sailor: This French burlesque showgirl and Swarovski addict was her home country’s pole dancing champ in 2015. Naturally there is more pole dancing in her repertoire than any of the other ladies, and her recent “Christmas Pole Dance” manages to be both beautiful and bawdy. Check it out.
Gina (Little Miss Nasty): With a growing social media following and a tour that just keeps getting extended, it’s safe to say that Little Miss Nasty is playing a key role in putting burlesque back on the map. Their spin is dancing to music as popular, and diverse, as Slipknot and Britney Spears, all while opening for hard rock acts like In This Moment.
Taryn (Little Miss Nasty): Another of the hotties in this hottest of rockin’ burlesque acts, Taryn is one of the quartet that is occasionally a quintet. This squad seems to want to establish the type of brand wherein the name, and what they do, will live on far longer than any individual member of the act. Slick.
Deirdre (Little Miss Nasty): The Los Angeles-based Pussycat Dolls-that-rock group is booked through January and February, and will probably perform well into spring, these latest dates taking them to South Carolina and Georgia. That’s a long way from the Whiskey a Go Go or Viper Room.
Louisa (Little Miss Nasty): The Nasty Instagram page is a sight to behold, with the girls in various stages of undress while working it. Their YouTube page is no stranger to visits either, and that’s where you can really watch them strut their stuff. Besides in person, of course.
Raquel Reed: With 132,ooo followers and counting, the “Queen of Burlesque Nola,” by way of New York and New Jersey, definitely wears her Jersey on her sleeve. There’s both ink and attitude. And sexiness to spare.
Kelly Ann Doll: Doll is just that, and probably the most “traditional” burlesque act on this list. Hailing from Down Under, “The Pin-Up Pocket Rocket” can vacillate between naughty and nice with finesse and seemingly might even get a bit torchy on stage. Meaning she might belt out a song or two. Hey, why not?