Author(s): Dita Von Teese
From burlesque show to fashion runway, magazine cover to Internet video, fashion icon and "burlesque superheroine" (Vanity Fair) Dita Von Teese has undergone more strokes of red lipstick, bursts of hair spray, boxes of blue-black hair dye and pats of powder in a month than a drag queen could dream of in a lifetime. Whether she's dazzling audiences swirling in a towering martini glass in Swarovski-covered pasties and stilettos or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this self-styled star, beauty is an art. Now, for the first time in her Technicolor career, Dita divulges the beauty wisdom that keeps her on international best-dressed lists and high-profile fashion show rosters in this illustration and photography-filled opus.
In Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita and co-writer Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita's glamour arsenal, and includes friends--masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise as well as some of the world's most eccentric beauties--for authoritative advice. This 400-page book is packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skincare and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks. Among the hundreds of lavish color photographs, instructive step-by-step images and original illustrations by Adele Mildred, this inspiring resource shares the skills, history, and lessons you need to enhance your individual gifts and realize your own beauty mark.
"This is the glamour bible! I've spent a lifetime in and at the makeup chair, and I genuinely found Your Beauty Mark to be among the best beauty manuals ever. Dita makes glamour easy for all!" -- Debi Mazar "See Dita--and you've seen the most completely beautiful woman of this century. Inside this book ... are her secrets." -- Julie Newmar "Dita is an original because she is always inventing. By invention I mean this very gracious girl from small town America discovered her true self. She could never be boring or bored, because she is always inventing, always discovering--yes, through beauty, but most important, through intelligence." -- Christian Louboutin "Dita is the definition of true glamour." -- RuPaul "When you stand next to Dita, it is hard not to wonder how such clarity and delicacy of beauty not only exists but is so consistent, so fresh--like a spring rose that is always blooming...We are all lucky to have some inside information on how to follow her regimen." -- Sharon Stone "Dita has been one of the most iconic and committed Viva Glam spokespersons for the M.A.C AIDS fund. She?s raised millions of dollars for those affected by AIDS. Her act riding a giant M.A.C lipstick during Miami's Art Basel remains a legend in performance art!" -- John Demsey, Group President, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. "Dita brought out my love for clothes and makeup--and we looked great together, two misfits from the Midwest who like to play dress up... And she gave me Lily, my beautiful cat, and for that I'll always have some love in my heart for that fashionable bitch." -- Marilyn Manson "Dita is for me a perfect Parisian--although she is from the Midwest. Even when she appeared in my shows, I would prefer that she did her own hair and makeup. I love strong personalities, strong characters, and Dita is like a heroine of a novel or a Hollywood movie." -- Jean Paul Gaultier "Nobody understands the transformative power of glamour and style better than Dita. Whether sitting front row at Dior or relaxing in a giant martini glass, Miss Von Teese is always the chic-est girl in the room." -- Simon Doonan
The biggest name in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee, DITA VON TEESE grew up fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema, pin-up imagery, and vintage lingerie. This burlesque superheroine (Vanity Fair) is renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture costumes adorned with hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystals. Best known for her cocktail glass show in which she performs a classic striptease that culminates while bathing in a glass, Dita has appeared in Tokyo, Sydney, New York, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Los Angeles. She has performed as a guest star on CSI; at events for Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Cartier; and as an international ambassador for Cointreau, where she was the first guest star in history at Paris' famed Crazy Horse. Her merchandise lines include the Dita Von Teese fragrance and the Von Follies by Dita Von Teese lingerie collection. She is the author of the international bestseller, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, and the follow-up Dita: Stripteese with famed photographer Sheryl Nields. An advocate in the fight against HIV and AIDS, Dita was a MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson from 2006-2008 and in 2009 she participated in the H and M/Fashion Against Aids campaign. She was also honored with Amfar's Award of Courage in 2008. Dita lives in Hollywood, CA.