The Candy Pitch kicks off the 4th of July with a bang -- an early edition of "The Candy Gram," our ongoing Q&A series with burlesque's various performers. If you want to be added to the mix, drop us a line at kellydinardo AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello to Honey B. Hind, who is performing in the Toronto Burlesque Festival, July 11-13.
What is your hometown?
Windsor, Ontario CANADA - across from Detroit Rock City
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I started out as a ballet dancer when I was three. I became a member of the Windsor City Ballet Company in my teens, but I fell in love with acting and old films and went on to get a BFA from the University of Windsor. Both these skills lend themselves to strengthening my burlesque performances. I am known for my unique acts with a funny slant or twist ending. I was discovered in the audience of a Les Coquettes Nouveau Burlesque show and asked to audition. I performed with them for awhile and now I'm with Skin tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque. I've been performing burlesque for almost five years now and I love every minute of it.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
So far, lucky 13.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
I Believe in Dreams - Doris Day
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
False eyelashes, tons of glitter, gum, booze. That's four. Screw the gum
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
I'd have to say movie/TV goddesses, strong women who had put up with a lot of crap. I love Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, the Hepburns, Bette Davis, Shirley Temple, Greta Garbo, Anne Baxter, Rosiland Russell, Jane Russell, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Newmar, Ava Gardner, Lucille Ball, Linda Darnell, Mary Pickford, Vivian Leigh, Myrna Loy, Mae West .......
Who is your favorite burly queen?
I'm torn on this one - Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr, Tempest Storm and I love Toronto's own Miss Lena Love and all the ladies on the Toronto Burlesque Festival Committee.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
Do wigs count? I love wigs. I have three red ones, two black and a blue one with birds in it. Oooh and anything with beaded fringe.
What's the last movie you saw?
The Undefeated with John Wayne and Rock Hudson.
What's on your must-see-TV list?
Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Corrie Street and, of course, Supernatural.
What book is on your nightstand?
The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln by Barbara Hambly.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
A big vacation in Greece, but for a smaller jaunt I have a love affair with the American South. I've been to Texas and New Orleans and would visit both again in a second.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Mind control. I need minions to do my bidding. "Bathe him and Bring him to me!"
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