In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- we ask the same quirky questions of burlesque's various performers. For the next two weeks, until the 2008 Miss Exotic World pageant, we'll be featuring special editions of The Candy Gram with 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 Lux LaCroix
What is your hometown?
I was born in Harlem, raised in Brooklyn NYC but I currently find myself being held hostage in Los Angeles.
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I have been a burlesque performer for almost four years. I have been a dancer since I was two.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Actually not that many, I think about six. Although I can only seem to find one pair when I am trying to get ready for a show, and it's never the pair I'm looking for.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
This could change at any moment, but for now it's Gold Digger by Kanye West, List of Demands by Saul Williams and Drum Mode by Grey.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Inspiration, a suitcase and a fabulous wig.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
Spike Lee and Gordon Parks are by biggest influences in my career as a documentary filmmaker and an artist. Debbie Allen, Bill T. Jones, Rosie Perez and Sammy Davis Jr. get all the credit for my dance and choreography ventures.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
I have two favorites - Julie Atlas Muz and Diamondback Annie. Their numbers walk the fine line of burlesque and performance art. Both of them are breathtaking and inspirational.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
This too can change at any moment - right now it's my new Heatherette dress. It's really fluffy with lots of petticoats!
What's the last movie you saw?
I just watched Vince Gallo's The Brown Bunny for the thousandth time.
What's on your must-see-TV list?
As much as I hate to admit it I am slightly addicted to Gossip Girl and of course Project Runway.
What book is on your nightstand?
Black Rage by William H. Grier & Price M. Cobbs.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
I don't really vacation. All my travels are somehow tied to work. I think I would get really nervous languishing on an island for a week because that would mean things were not getting accomplished. I'm sure there is something wrong and unhealthy about that but it works for me.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I would have the power to clone myself therefore one of me could be in post production with my film, another could be photographing bands on the road, the other could be working on choreography gigs and the last one would be dancing. But, the sad thing is none of them would have time to return any phone calls.
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