Friday, June 22, 2007
The Candy Gram: Gina Louise
Today, The Candy Pitch launches an ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- where we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. In honor of Lili St. Cyr, the woman who introduced The Candy Pitch to the burlesque world, we kick off the series with a member of Lili's Burlesque, Gina Louise.
What's your hometown?
Mounds View, Minnesota (A fitting name for a burlesque performer, eh?)
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I've been doing striptease since 2003. My performance background includes modern dance, musical theater, gymnastics, and ballet.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Harlem Nocturne is a classic that moves me, but my favorite thing is to dance to a live band. If the song has a groove and the band is good, that's all that matters.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Large bobby pins, toupee tape, and lots of gumption.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
I love Rita Moreno, Sophia Loren, Lucille Ball, Eartha Kitt, and so many more. In a nutshell, I'd have to say it was TV re-runs, photos of glamorous women, and my parents for getting me involved in dance at a young age.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
My dear friend Ophelia Flame.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
Black yoga pants for day. (And I do mean every day...) Emerald green vintage cocktail dress for evening.
What's the last movie you saw?
Notes on a Scandal.
What's on your must-see-TV list?
What book is on your nightstand?
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Oooh. Tough one. I was gonna say "fly," but honestly, I'd like to be able to clean my whole house just by wiggling my nose.
Photo courtesy of Marc Norberg.