The pin-up girl occupies a unique space in feminist history; influenced in no small part by aesthetics of Burlesque, the cheesecake images have been labeled everything from “subversive” to “wholesome.” In some ways, the pin-up was the first mass-produced female icon celebrated for her sexuality, taking the place of the more demure, pious upper-middle class ideal of Victorian womanhood.
But the pin-up, like all commercial images ... Read More
BY kelsey haight
on Mar 27, 2014
Ladies have been embracing their sexiness since the beginning of time, but the birth of burlesque dance in the 1800s turned sex culture into an art form. The history surrounding burlesque is complex and fascinating, and thanks to the Charles McClaghy Collection, we can catch a glimpse of those on the forefront of exotic dancing from then to now. These original ladies were the backbone of the nightlife entertainment industry through a period of great prosperity in ... Read More
When the photographer Stephanie Diani saw a group of older burlesque performers, The Legends of Burlesque, she was mesmerized. Consumed by images of the women who graced the stages of the Miss Exotic World pageant, the artist located some of the most renowned performers whose ages ranged from the 50s to the 70s. She then visited the women’s homes, chatted with them, and took their portraits as they donned their favorite ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Dec 05, 2013
BUST is teaming up with lady-positive sex toy emporium Babeland for a kinky, boozy, and holiday-themed party tonight!
Head to Babeland's SoHo outpost at 43 Mercer Street in NYC for a fun-filled (and totally free!) evening, featuring complimentary brews from Brooklyn Brewery, free copies of BUST, and a titillating holiday-themed burlesque performance by Tina Tassels.
We'll be crafting naughty stockings to decorate our (nonexistent) mantels--and the first ten ... Read More
on Nov 22, 2013
At the NY premiere of Beth B's latest documentary, EXPOSED–which pulls back the curtain on the NYC Burlesque scene–there was a touching moment during the Q+A that followed the screening: A young audience member revealed that she had grown up in a very closed-minded family, and wept as she thanked the performers for their bravery.
This was just one of the many moments that made me realize that this special movie--which discusses sexuality, letting ... Read More
on Nov 07, 2013
Legendary NY filmmaker Beth B is best known for her underground No Wave films of the 70’s and 80s and is considered to be one of the main progenitors of the Cinema of Transgression movement. She has recently turned her lens on one of the most fascinating genres of the past decade, the weird and wonderful world of the NYC burlesque scene. She explores eight of the major players and their passion for the art in her new documentary, Exposed. Some of our most ... Read More
BY Lindsay Harris
on Aug 13, 2013
Thinking of taking a class in art? Spanish? Astrophysics?
Not when there's a space available at the School for Undressing!
Unfortunately, the school closed quite some time ago. It opened in 1937, charging 30 hard-earned dollars (worth a whopping $497 today!) for six lessons to learn how to "undress" for your husband. Imagine spending $497 to pick-up an act "tee many martoonies" would have you doing anyway!
Now I know you're wondering "How can I ever learn to strip ... Read More
BY Melissa Coci
on Apr 18, 2013
Some days, a lady just wants to see a fine man strip. You’d think this would be easy but there are so many perils in the way. Male strippers, for some reason, often feel the need to oil themselves up, grow their hair long and stringy and perform in such a way that you feel you need to go home and take a shower and not in the good way.
Enter the New York Boylesque Festival on April 26th and 27th. A troupe of talented and titillating males will be ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Dec 11, 2012
It’s time for one of BUST’s most beloved holiday traditions: entertainer Murray Hill’s annual Christmas extravaganza!
Head to Le Poisson Rouge in New York’s West Village this Saturday, December 15th, for the famed drag king’s cheeky and comedic variety show. This year, Murray’s motley crew finds that the theater they’ve booked is still out of commission following Hurricane Sandy—but the show must go on! Guided ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jan 26, 2012
You’re probably familiar with Kickstarter, a website that helps people with plans get the funding they need to make their dreams come true. Kickstarter is a testament to the Internet’s capacity for good—complete strangers can donate money to the projects they believe in, and many of the artists, filmmakers, musicians, startup charities, roller derby teams, and various other visionaries can contribute to culture. It’s kind of like Ebay meets Pay It Forward, ... Read More