Creativity Personality Individuality Sexy
Michelle L'amour is a 36 years old American neo-burlesque star, born and raised in Orland Park, Illinois. She's educated in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and lyrical dancing since the young age of 15 years old, but she began her career at 22 years old.
Before conquering the burlesque world, she studied finance in her home town while developing her act and she traveled the world performing on numerous stages and TV shows. Discover more about this beautiful woman in the interview below.
What do you love most about America? Is it still the Land of the Free?
This is a hard question right now. I think the country is having an identity crisis. The most recent election has many baffled and disappointed, including myself. I am very concerned about the direction we might be heading. Personally, I think our values are out of balance. I'm not quite sure how violence is widely accepted in entertainment and real life but strong, confident sexuality is not. I fight for beauty and light, always, and I will continue to pursue that passion.
How do your finance studies help with your current career?
Having a business mind in the arts is very helpful. There are a lot of deals, contracts and strategies to put in place to help grow your business and to protect you when you get hired. I don't think that I'm a business master-mind, but it is helpful to put on that hat once in a while.
How's the burlesque world now, compared to when you started?
Because there are so many performers right now of varying skill, it affects the performance rate. Many of the ladies that I speak with tell me that their rates are going down because there isn't a 'standard'. A lot of performers try to undercut other dancers and that isn't good for the community as a whole.
I would like to see some solidarity in this. But, to be fair, a lot of the clubs that are hiring don't put as much emphasis on the quality of the performers as they should. I feel like they think if they see pasties, feathers and rhinestones, then it's 'good enough'. For me, that's never good enough. I always want more.
What did people close to you think about being in the burlesque world?
I think it might have been slightly challenging for my friends. I did lose some friends over it, mainly because the job is unpredictable and when you are living from dance to dance, you have to take jobs that come in and for me, that meant missing some moments in my friend's lives. I'm sad about that, but that was the position I was in at the time. My family definitely did not like what I was doing. I think they still don't like it, but now, they can't deny that I am successful here.
Are you the most naked woman?
Yes. I usually end up wearing the smallest pasties and g-strings that are allowed in public places. I also founded Naked Girls Reading, a literary salon that has spread throughout the world. But I also use that phrase because I value honesty and genuine portrayals of sexuality, which to me, is the truest form of nudity and vulnerability.
How did you built up your confidence to standing naked or almost nude on stage?
When I first started, I was nervous, but now I find it strange if I perform and don't end up this way! I almost feel like I didn't do anything. Honestly, the nudity isn't a problem.
If you were to give a piece of advice to a burlesque novice, what would it be?
Take your time. Do not worry about what others are doing and why you aren't doing those things. Social media can play some dirty tricks on your brain. Tune it out and tune into yourself. Find your voice. Strengthen it. Then, when you present what you want to say, you will be strong in your style and individuality.
How does a day in your life look like?
Whenever I have guests come into town, we will both be on our laptops doing promotions, handling gigs, producing shows. I do like to go to yoga 3 times a week. I perform about 3-4 times a week when I'm at home in Chicago and I also produce and book entertainment for 3 venues in the city.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of computer work. It definitely keeps me busy. I would love to say that I wake up and lounge in fabulous robes and drink tea and get my butt rubbed every day, but that usually just happens on Sundays!
What’s the trick to smooth and delicate skin?
Cocoa butter! I've been using that since I was in junior high. I also drink a lot of water and stay out of the sun.
What turns you on?
Great conversation. Humor. Nice eyes and a meaningful glance. Oh, and kissing. Lots of kissing. Love a good neck bite too!
“The Ass That Goes POW!”…
Well, I'm known for my butt. Kind of an accident but you can't deny its presence.
This is what I'm about. Love. I strive to put love and beauty into this world any way I can.
Fucking great...if you do it right.
In my wardrobe…
Gorgeous gowns, costumes, boas, a LOT of boas, heels, jewels, and workout wear. Not a lot of range!
Creativity. Personality. Individuality. Sexy.
If you want to keep up with this burlesque star, check out her virtual stage.
Photo credit: Robert John Kley, Melanie Bert