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Burlesque star Dita Von Teese mulls move to Paris

September 23, 2008


Dita Von Teese says Parisian men appreciate their showgirls more than Americans, no matter what their age. Perhaps with an eye on Hollywood’s ageist reputation, the 35-year-old dancer is even considering a move from L.A. to the French capital.

“I’m going to move to Paris like all the other glamorous stars of the past that moved to Paris,” the brunette said at the London launch of her new underwear range for Wonderbra, inspired by the 1940s and 1950s. ”There are certain places that men always appreciate their glamour girls and especially their showgirls of any age, so I really am going to move to Paris, I think.”

Von Teese, something of a throwback to movie stars of another era, is a big departure for the underwear range. At the press launch in London’s Covent Garden she posed for photographers swinging on a giant model of one of her bras wearing a peach dress and ultra-high heels.

“My first job when I was 15 years old was working in a lingerie store,” she told Reuters. “I worked there for many years and my obsession and love of lingerie is really what made me become a pinup model and burlesque dancer.”

Famed for erotic dance routines in giant cocktail glasses, Von Teese says that, despite her divorce from singer Marilyn Manson, she considers herself lucky in love.

“I think I’ve been very lucky in love. I’ve had lots of wonderful affairs and, you know, I haven’t found the great love of my life … I think I’m pretty lucky in love. May be not the way other people consider love to be lucky, but I’m all for the adventure of life and I don’t want it all to be one way and I don’t really need a storybook ending.”

(Reporting by Michael Davidson)

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