11 Eye-Opening Before-And-After Photos Of Burlesque Performers

Photographer Sean Scheidt presents the before and after transformation of Burlesque performers in Baltimore, challenging preconceptions of the performance art.

1. Kiki Allure.

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2. Ruby Rockafella.

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This project took me by surprise. I’ve always had friends in Burlesque and had gone to Burlesque shows … [I] found myself fascinated by what occurred backstage and seeing ordinary people transform themselves completely in various ways.

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4. Marla Meringue.

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The idea is very simple; to juxtapose photographs of each performer as they are every day, with an image as their stage persona.

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6. Nona Narcisse.

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As the idea developed, other reactions began to surface that informed the project. I began to learn more about Burlesque performers, and the “why” behind their personal motivations.

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7. Paco Fish.

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For those unfamiliar, burlesque can, on the surface, seem no different than stripping. While striptease is also used in burlesque there is a distinction between the two. In burlesque, performers use their bodies as a tool to confront an audience, often using the striptease to challenge sexual objectification, orientation and other social taboos.

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9. Viola Van Wilde.

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I hope [my project] humanizes the performers, depicting them in a way that makes it clear they are no different than you or I.

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10. Short Staxx.

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