::::::::::::::::: Dita Von Teese: Fetish Icon :::::::::::::::::
But for anyone familiar with the history of sexploitation/fetish artifacts, it’s obvious to see where her real talent lies.
Make no mistake, Dita IS a fetishist: take note of her waistline, which should make clear that she indulges in some form of body modification as might be suggested in the book, MODERN PRIMITIVES, a landmark noted for igniting the ink and piercing subculture of the 1990s, which has long since broken into the mainstream.
As most people know, Dita (aka Heather Renee Sweet) studied set and costume design in college and began her career by referencing the founding fetish queen: Bettie Page.
Like Bettie, Dita had to earn a living, so she did cheesecake work, often sporting a retro hairdo for mainstream photo shoots. But, like Bettie’s “Dark Angel” incarnation, it’s the more mysterious, vaguely European influenced fetish art that remains of greater interest to me—rooted, as it is, in some dark psychosexual truth, which is as natural as night is to day, the moon is to the sun and which underscores the more feral (and least understood) impulses of human sexuality.
Here’s my recently updated personal collection of Dita Von Teese sexploitation/fetish artifacts, which includes several DVDs. To see Dita perform in some early videos she did for Marquis is a real treat; she’s tranquil, charismatic and mesmerizing to watch: truly a graceful, centered and beautiful Dark Angel.
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