Ashleeta Beauchamp

How did you find a passion in Burlesque?

When I was a child I watched a lot of old Hollywood movies with my Mother and Grandmother and I was drawn to the vintage clothing and makeup. That was my first taste of Burlesque – my second taste was at a Shadow Cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show.  They have a performer, “Trixy”, at the beginning of the movie come out and do a striptease to the lips.  In the intro my good friend was the “Trixy” and suggested I try my hand at burlesque

What is the most difficult aspect of being a part of the Burlesque industry?

Affording the costumes – rhinestones, feathers and sequins are VERY expensive but worth it to add that element of whimsy on the stage.

What advice would you give to anybody wanting to join the industry?

Educate yourself on the history – it’s important to respect the performers who came before you. Remember that you have to pay your dues and take the opportunity to embrace the burlesque community.

What is the best aspect of being a part of the Burlesque industry?

The community – I’ve met so many men and women that I consider at this point to be my family. They’re so willing to help me and support me I will forever be grateful.

Do you have a Burlesque icon inspiration…why do you like them?

I have a few, Dita, of course, was my first hero.  At her show I met Perle Noire, who had a very athletic body like mine and really made me feel represented in the community and gave me that extra push to try it out myself.  Finally Kitten and Lou – its always an honour to be able to see them perform live.  They put EVERYTHING into their numbers and deliver the most immaculate element camp in everything they do.