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 Tanya Cheex a line at t.cheex AT gmail DOT com. Today, say hello La Cholita
What is your hometown?
Los Angeles land of the fabulous, glamorous and occasional train wreck
How long have you been interested in burlesque/performing?
I was born performing and haven’t stopped since.
How many pairs of pasties do you own?
I have about 5-7 pairs that are in regular rotation but I own an insane amount of them. My best friend just started a pastie company called Chi Chi Couture which has everything from basic to one of a kind over the top pieces. I get to test drive and model all her creations before they go up for sale so they are everywhere in my house. It’s always funny when people come over ,innocently pick one up and go “Wow this is pretty.. what is it?” as they inspect it try to figure it out and then the look on their face when they finally realize and I say ‘Oh that goes on my nipples”
What are your three favorite songs to perform to?
Malaguena by Brian Setzer, It’s the song I performed to when I won Miss Viva Las Vegas 2007 and is definitely one of my signatures, Other than that it varies. I love anything raunchy with big horns and and lots of drums/symbals. My favorite is performing with live music because no matter what song you do it always takes on a life of it’s own. I love the live exchange that happens between musicians and dancers it’s such a thrill.
What three items could you not live without as a performer?
An audience, red lipstick and rhinestones
Who had the biggest influence on your career?
Aside from my mother Mae West was the single most spectacular woman to grace this earth and has been a big inspiration as far as grabbing life by the balls and being fabulous while doing it. Bette Midler is a sensational show woman whom I admire. I also like Astrid Hadad and her creativity as far as costumes and concepts she is brazen and decadent and I love her for it.
Who is your favorite burly queen?
Immodesty Blaize, Lili St Cyr, Satan’s Angel, Tongolele and TIGGER!!
What is your favorite item of clothing?
A divinely outrageous bullet bra gold lame backless mermaid couture gown with Swarovski detailing that was designed just for me by David Contreras who owns and designs Tarantula Clothing. He understands the female form better than any designer I’ve ever met and his creations are all just to die for!
What’s the last movie you saw?
Perfume it was enchanting, intoxicating, disturbing and beautiful.
What’s on your must-see-TV list?
I don’t get to watch it much but I like Chelsea Lately and the last show I saw that I really loved was It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
What book is on your nightstand?
There’s two, The Alchemist which I’ve read 100 times and “did she or didn’t she” A book of all the most marvelous women stars from the 20’s- now and the scandals that surrounded them.
If you could go anywhere for vacation, where would you go?
I would love to charter a luxury yacht through the Mediterranean for me and 200 of my closest friends.
If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
I suppose it’s rather predictable but Time Travel. I would kill to have the ability to travel the world throughout different eras on a regular basis. Like “Oh I think I’ll spend this summer in Paris circa 1940” There are so many moments in history that would be amazing to experience first hand, shows I’d love to see, people I’d want to meet.
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