In our ongoing Q&A series --"The Candy Gram"-- 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. Today, say hello to New York's Baby Le'Strange.
What is your hometown?
Pittsburg,PA is my real home. Right now I live in Portland,OR
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I've always wanted to be on stage in a rock band but never had the patience for an instrument. I've been performing burlesque for less than a year now and I love it. I would love to travel outside of Portland for shows in the near future. I think I'm addicted to the stage.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
Six. My favorite are the Batman logo pasties that I had custom made by Gothfox in Portland,OR. I usually just make my own. I like having a different pair for each act.
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Currently, Voodoo Lady by Ween, Brand New Key by the Dollyrots and I Like You by Sol Hoopii.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
Bright pink lipstick, colorful eyeshadow and a solid cheering section.
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
My friend Tiffany got me to take a class with Bella Berretta. She opened me up to the world of burlesque. I knew about it but it didn't really exist much in Pittsburgh, PA. It is also still budding in Portland.
My first encounter with Burlesque was in 2000 at the VaVa Voom Room in New York. I was really clueless at the time of what I was watching. I remember Miss Astrid and I'm sure I saw some other famous performers but I have little memory of the show. I look forward to going to BurlyCon Seattle and taking part in Tease o Rama Portland to meet and learn from some other seasoned perormers.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
I love Diamondback Annie, although i have only seen her on video. I look forward to seeing her live someday. I also really want to see Julie Atlas Muz, and Peekaboo Pointe live. I need to vacation to New York. In my local world I have a blast watching the very expressive Tana the Tattooed Lady. There is a handful of new performers here in Portland and I love watching everyone. It's great to have a bunch of gals to grow with together as performers.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
Currently it's my metallic gold Converse All Stars. They go with everything. I'm addicted to all the lame metallic clothing at American Apparel.
What's the last movie you saw?
Tropic Thunder. I laughed so hard i cried.
What's on your must-see-TV list?
Oh boy, I don't have cable so its pretty limited. I watch a lot of Oregon Public Broadcasting and I really enjoy that silly game show Wipeout. I would love to be on that show.
What book is on your nightstand?
The Exorcist, plus multiple magazines and Vegan cookbooks.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
Tokyo, Japan!! I want to be overloaded on cuteness!!
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
All of Wonder Woman's powers plus flying. She has the best costume and I've idolized her since I was a kid. I have quite a large collection of Wonder Woman dolls and action figures. Some day I want to have a Wonder Woman room if i ever have my own house.
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