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Dita Von Teese Biography

Birth Name:
Heather Renee Sweet
Birth Place:
West Branch, Michigan, United States
Burlesque performer, model, costume designer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Worked in a lingerie store when she was 15
  • At age 18 she began working at a strip bar in El Toro, CA, where she started to create her burlesque routine
  • Wore a corset every day for seven years until she cinched her waist down to 16 inches
  • In 1992 she created a website to sell her photos; dita
  • net became one of the first adult sites on the Internet
  • Got her big break in 2002 when she was asked to pose for the cover of Playboy
  • Chose the name Dita in tribute to silent-film actress Dita Parlo and picked Von Teese from the phone book
  • Modeled for such designers as Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier
  • An advocate in the fight against HIV and AIDS, she was a MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson from 2006 to '08
  • Performed at several events for Amfar and was honored with their Award of Courage in 2008
  • In 2011, appeared as a guest star on CSI and performed her classic Martini Glass routine