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sNSFW PICS: SuicideGirls Brings Modern Burlesque to House of Blues

sNSFW PICS: SuicideGirls Brings Modern Burlesque to House of Blues
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If you find the Burlesque revival a little too quaint, the Blackheart Burlesque Tour might be just for you. The production, put on by early-Internet alt-softcore-porn site SuicideGirls will take place November 2 at House of Blues and promises to offer tease-tastic performances with a decidedly modern twist, according to SuicideGirls founder Missy Suicide.

The tour marks a return to the stage after a six-year hiatus, Suicide (whose real name is Selena Mooney) says. This iteration features choreography by Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with Beyonce, JLo and Lady Gaga, and Steampunk-y costumes designed by Junker. Suicide also said the dancers have more than 50 years collective dance experience.

"We did a tour like this from 2003 to 2006 that was a much smaller scale," she said. "We were kind of the only group doing modern burlesque at the time. But we also had other things going on, so we went on haitus. In the time in between, burlesque got a lot more mainstream, even with artists like Lady Gaga on tour. We knew if we were going to go on tour again we'd have to up our game."

Suicide said the Blackheart tour is different from the traditional burlesque currently enjoying a revival.

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"In traditional burlesque the core of it is about the tease and the reveal, so we kept that," she said. "But in traditional burlesque there's a lot of pantomime and not a lot of choreography. Ours is set to modern music with very intense, exciting dancing. I'm pretty proud of the soundrack. It;s a lot of infectious music. And the costumes -- Junker tends to do things that are post-apocalyptic couture."

"We also have a lot of modern pop culture references," she said, citing a number inspired by The Big Lebowski, and her favorite, an aping of Planet of the Apes.

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In addition to the 45-date burlesque tour, which includes stops in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin as well, SuicideGirls.com is also going through a bit of rebranding.

The site first launched in 2001, before social media was a "thing." Until this fall, it hadn't been redesigned in all those 12 years.

"When we launched the site, it was really before its time in a lot of ways," Suicide said. "At the time it was all Gap models, Pam Anderson, waifs -- there wasn't any place where girls with tattoos and piercings could be celebrated as beautiful. Our mission from the beginning was we wanted to showcase women in the way the girls themselves felt most beautiful."

 

The website, which allowed models to blog and paid users to network with other uses with similar interests (everything from anime to indie rock) existed at least a year before sites like MySpace and Friendster were launched. Suicide thought the alt modeling site might be popular in her native Portland, and maybe Seattle, but had no idea the decade of social media was right around the corner.

"If I had, maybe I would have made it a little more mainstream," she says with a laugh.

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Even now, SuicideGirls gets more than 1,000 model applications a day. Fifty-three percent of the site's paid users are women, and many of the photographers are also models for the site, which helps eliminate the "male gaze" prevalent in a lot of mainstream porn, Suicide says.

"It's a different kind of sexy, what a woman reveals to another woman."

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To that end, one of the ways SuicideGirls has maintained its popularity is by listening to its users. Which is why the new launch includes mobile-friendly layouts and images optimized for retina displays.

"We're remastering some of the old photo sets in high-resolution, going back 12 years," Suicide said. "The website looks beautiful on all devices."

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But SuicideGirls' core mission hasn't changed.

"The initial thing that brings people together is the girls. I don't know of too many places where the model is in charge of how she is depicted. There is more acceptance of tattooed and pierced women as beautiful than there was when we started, which is great. We should embrace our sexuality. It's part of who we are as humans."

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