Novelty Starr talks about being a dirty housewife & being your own sexy
By Novelty Starr
Burlesque came into my life at a time where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with myself.
Depressed & Not Getting Anywhere
I was depressed, lacked confidence in who I though I was, and what I looked like. My move to the big city was to try and find myself, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. There was a poster for a burlesque show in my favourite retro shop, Manillusion. I had seen the movie, and I expected something entertaining and pretty.
Big, Fat & Confident Smiles
Entertaining and pretty it was, but it was also life changing to me. That night, I sat on the edge of my seat, taking in all the impressions that got thrown at me from the stage. There, I saw women in all shapes and sizes with big, fat, confident smiles on their faces. Never had I seen anything like this, and it made me cry tears of happiness and admiration.
Societies Unattainable Goals
I had grown up in a society where being unattainably perfect was the goal. That was the answer to happiness. But, I learned something different that night. After the show I hunted after the information about the producers of this show, and if and how I could be a part of a culture where any woman was accepted for who they were, and where their quirks were celebrated rather than frowned upon.
I Wanted To Do It For Myself
One of the founders of Norwegian burlesque contacted me back and gave me a time and a place for her burlesque school. I started the school with a plan of keeping it secret. To do it for myself, and to definitely not perform. It didn’t really turn out that way. I went along and did the student performance after my first semester.
Never in my life felt the nerves I had that night. I nailed the choreography and got that bra off my body. There I stood in just my knickers fully exposed to the world. Not only physically but also mentally. My body that I had been hiding for so many years because of shame of not being ‘good enough’, was stood in front of a crowd that was cheering it! Cheering me on! I screamed as I felt years of frustration just fly off my shoulders with the bra. It was amazing. After exposing myself in any way I could think of, I didn’t have anything left to hide. In some way that made my confidence rise. So, of course I had to do it again.
I’m Not Jessica Rabbit
My first solo act was Jessica Rabbit. One of the biggest sex symbols in history…. what was I thinking. I thought burlesque meant you had to be sexy. But I was wrong. After doing this act, and feeling uncomfortable and out of place on stage, I started to think this wasn’t for me. The first feeling of freedom started to go away. I gave myself one more chance.
An Act That Reflects Me
With the help of now Norway’s biggest burlesque producer, I made an act that reflected ME. Not what I thought it should reflect. I did funny, frustrated, sexy, aggressive, everything I am in the only way I knew how. I did it my way. This turned out to be one of my most popular acts ‘The dirty housewife’. I’m not trying to be sexy, but just me, and for some reason I feel and look sexier in this act than I ever did as Jessica rabbit.
I Followed My Heart
My focus on what was Important shifted, and I found myself in an environment where my creativity and personality was praised way more than my body or looks. I started to make room for my weirdness and followed my heart. I wanted to show the world that you don’t need to be what society says is sexy, always be yourself. Confidence, and belief in yourself is the most sexy thing there is. So, a lot of my acts are characters with flaws or general ‘ugliness’ and I love it. I have made people laugh, made them scream from terror and even touched them to tears. That’s from just being an extension of myself on stage. The world has excepted me, I feel.
The feeling of acceptance I got from burlesque, gave me the balls to follow my dream, to work in movies. At the age of 30, I quit my job, and said goodbye to a safe life and stepped into a completely different world. Because of burlesque I now have:
- a bachelors degree in Hair, makeup and sfx design
- I already have a movie coming out in cinemas in November
- worked with amazing talented people in the business
- a hobby that gives me the fire to continue.
Thanks to burlesque I have done what I want to be happy; and I can honestly say I want for nothing. My life is perfect, I’m perfect, we are all perfect, we just need to believe it.
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