Dita Von Teese, undoubtedly the burlesque artist of her generation, has become a real style icon and, as WWD point out today, there is no denying that she knows the power of the reveal.
Luckily for us, it so happens that the glorious lady is working on a beauty book with L.A.-based author Rose Apodaca. We love its point of difference – it’s aimed at peddling self esteem and showing that conforming to a beauty ideal isn’t necessary. Dita remarks that it’s easy to think 'we’re supposed to look like natural beauty, healthy, tan…but I’m trying to lay it out and show people the other forms of beauty. People that don’t have a little tiny button nose and blonde hair. Someone’s going to love you for what makes you different.'
Dita's also added photographer to her many talents as she's taking all the images for the book, as well as mastering the step-by-step beauty looks, too. 'I don’t use a hair and makeup team to get ready for the red carpet,' she reveals, 'I’m trying to get out the do-it-yourself message. I don’t go to the salon when I need to color my hair, I pull out my box of hair dye. I want women to understand that you don’t have to have the glam squad to put you together.' Love it!
Dita also aspires to doing her own make-up brand. 'I want to do my line, because I feel like things are missing in the world,' she said. 'I’m constantly trying to mix up colors…I mix my own body make-up. I love the idea of beautiful packaging for cosmetics. I use a lot of vintage powder compacts, and I buy vintage lipstick tubes and transfer lip colors into them.' And the cornerstone of her cosmetics line? A matte lippy of course.
Also on her to-do list, is a Dita Scent, especially after she found that she and her boyfriend’s mother both wore the same scent, Quelque Fleurs. “I’d been wearing it since I was 14. So when I found that out, I immediately called my friend Kilian Hennessey, (ie, one of Grazia Daily’s absolute fave perfumers), and said ‘What do I do? It’s my signature scent.’ He said to me, ‘Either get rid of the man, or get rid of the fragrance. You have no other options.’ So I’ve been wearing other things, but what I really want to do is make my own fragrance. I don’t want to smell like anyone else.' As for discussions with fragrance firms, she added, 'I have to talk to the smaller companies.’
So yes, Dita is set to conquer the beauty world any time now. Excited? We are.
- Rose Beer