In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. Until the 2008 Miss Exotic World pageant, we'll be featuring the burly queens competing in the festivities. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello to Amber Topaz.
What is your hometown?
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I trained as a dancer from the age of eight mainly ballet. Then I moved to London to go to performing arts college. I have been a working actress since I was 19. I performed professionally in musical theater and found it restrictive and uncreative so I started writing music and I met a photographer who asked me the model for him in a pinup, vintage style. After many shoots he suggested I do burlesque. Now I get to fully express through music, comedy, dance and costume. I have been perform burlesque professionally for almost three years.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Music is the rhythm of my life how can I choose?
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
False eyelashes, high heels and my sense of humor.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
There is no single who, but there is a what. I had only been performing Burlesque for seven months and I attended Miss Exotic World 2006. It blew my mind. It totally inspired and I was in awe. Dirty Martini and Kitten Deville were so foxy and such powerful forces on stage. Erochica Bamboo was hilarious. She was so pregnant she was about to give birth. She was being all graceful and dramatic when the music switched to shimmy her way into near labor. She shimmed her knicker right off!
In the legend's show Satan's Angel raised the roof still twirling fire tassels way into her twilight years
Who is your favorite burly queen?
All of the above.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
Depends how I feel. Right now it's my original 1950s halter neck silky blue ruched swimsuit.
What's the last movie you saw?
What's on your must-see-TV list?
There's nothing worth watching.
What book is on your nightstand?
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
New Zeland, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, North India ... I love traveling and there are so many places I have yet to discover.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
To completely heal human suffering. Then there would be no poverty, disease, starvation, abuse, neglect, wars and so on. I am working on it!
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