The first time I met our next muse, she was wearing a moustache. It was a sexy blonde moustache, for a very good cause. I was wearing a not-so-sexy blonde moustache and I was jelly that she could still look so feminine and sweet with such a magnani-stache. I mean it was a big burly blonde moustache. Like big. But her sultry swagger and come hither stare convinced me, she is burlesque. And I’ve loved her ever since. My favourite things are how a person laughs, and this Dame laughs with her whole being. The second half of Two Dames productions. The blonde bombshell, I love so well: Miss dd Starr!
Gracie: Thank you so much for taking time to answer a few of my questions. First off, how did you get your name?
Miss dd Starr: My real name is Diana Staruch and growing up all the kids on my street called me dd because Diana is actually hard for little ones to say. I always hated my last name because everyone pronounced it wrong. In grade 7 I decided I was old enough I could change it to Starr. When I was picking my stage name I felt it had to be dd Starr because of my bra size for humour and my personal history. I finally decided on Miss dd Starr because I thought it looked prettiest in copy. I use 2 lower case d’s simply because it looks better.
Gracie: How long have you been on the scene?
Miss dd Starr: 8 years now. Time flies when you’re having fun!
Gracie: Signature colour?
Miss dd Starr: Any shade or tone of pink. I am actually obsessed with pink, it’s kind of ridiculous but in all the right ways.
Gracie: What was your burlesque ah-ha moment?
Miss dd Starr: It was TBF 2010. I had decided in 2009 that I would only put one really strong act together that year to get into the 2010 festival, instead of putting together a bunch of smaller acts. I worked my ass off for an entire year on my Saloon Girl act. When I finally performed it at TBF 2010 the reaction of the crowd and community was out of this world. That performance changed my entire philosophy on how I put together acts. Since then every year my goal is to produce one polished, rehearsed, strong & original act. I feel way more satisfied as an artist with this philosophy.
Gracie:Do you tassel? Both directions?
Miss dd Starr: I was scared to tassel twirl for the first 3 years I was in burlesque. I have since conquered that fear. I now prefer to tassel in every act and show the audience my twirling tricks. Most audiences love a great tassel show and I love to serve my audience.
Miss dd Starr: Until this year’s TBF I would have said it is my bar prop and Christina Manuge Saloon Girl costume. But now I would say it is my latest act creation A Tango Within – The Beauty of Destruction. With a beautiful life-size rose made by the talented Brook Alviano and my newest corset made by the incredible Christina Manuge.
Gracie: What’s the most unique show you’ve been a part of?
Miss dd Starr: Without a doubt it is Theatre Bizarre in The Dirty Devils Peepshow produced by Canada’s only Queen of Burlesque Roxi D’Lite. I am so honoured and excited to be a part of this Masquerade Spectacular for the 3rd year in a row. If you have never been you should go. It is at the Masonic Temple in Detroit and there are no words to describe how incredible it is. Everyone should go at least once in their lifetime. Seriously unbelievable.
Gracie: Do you have any words for budding showgirls?
Miss dd Starr: I had a student tell me at the Miss Pin Up Canada Pageant that the best burlesque advice she had received was from one of my classes. As a budding showgirl it is so important to honour yourself, your unique beauty and to turn yourself on in your acts. We all need to stick together as a female dominated community and spread the love of the female form, classic glamour & celebrate beauty redefined by today’s burlesque revolution. Self-love, acceptance, the celebration of unedited beauty, the power of live performance & beauty transformed is how burlesque can change the world. One artist at a time.
Gracie: dd, you are such a generous performer and teacher, you’re a delight to be around. Follow today’s inspiration at the links below and I’ll see you next week! And be sure to check out Tease on the Seas August 30!!!