Celebrity burlesque star Dita Von Teese thinks being glamorous in high heels and make up is good manners and not high maintenance.
“I’m always in sunglasses, with my hair pulled back and my red lipstick on,” she told Britain’s Hello! magazine. “It’s not like I’m afraid of being seen without make-up but it’s good manners to present yourself in a nice way. I also have more confidence when I’m made up.”
Even though you will hardly ever see Dita without her signature lipstick or done up hair or without high heels and a glamorous outfit, the claims she can get ready in 10 minutes. She spends quite a lot of time by normal people’s standards, but says she doesn’t expect everyone to do the same.
“It can seem like I’m a high maintenance woman if you don’t know me, but I’m only high maintenance for myself,” she said. “There are lots of unglamorous moments when you’re a do-it-yourself kind of girl… I don’t always wear make-up in the house. I walk around in one of my long dressing gowns – I’m not trotting around permanently in high heels.”
Dita believes glamour is something which is available to everyone, no matter how what they look like. If there is one piece of wisdom she hopes to impart, it’s that beauty can be created – it doesn’t have to be a birth right.
“Some of the most glamorous people I know are that way because they wanted to be,” she said. “(Cosmetics entrepreneur) Helena Rubinstein said, ‘There are no ugly women in the world, only lazy ones.’ You needn’t spend a lot of time getting ready – in five minutes, there are things you can do to help feel confident.”
Dita has also spoken to Vanity Fair about her interest in glamorous lingerie. “One of the things that I love about lingerie is that you can have a secret persona under your clothes that no one else knows about,” she says. “Whatever your fashion style is, you can wear something under your clothes that might be totally out of character.”