Take, for instance, my idol, Dita Von Teese, the ultimate burlesque icon of all time. Von Teese is a walking fantasy. She wears stockings, heels and red lipstick every single day, never raises her voices in public and is every inch the lady one hundred percent of the time. She is the Queen of burlesque. She doesn't want to be the girl next door when she is not onstage. She IS the fantasy, she doesn't embrace it when it suits her.
Not only has Dita single handedly revived the lost glamour that has come about in the past 20 years or so but she has choreographed every single one of her routines, designed all of her own costumes along with her best friend, written a book about the art of burlesque, manages a website and much much more. She is a fetish model, has appeared in numerous porn films and has graced the cover of Playboy, the ultimate place to be in the sex industry. She has also become well know for her frequent usage of elaborate props, her trademark being a giant Martini glass.
In addition to all of this, Dita remains an independent woman. She dyes her hair black at home, does all her own make up, and when she divorced Marylin Manson, she didn't take a penny of his money.
Dita Von Teese is honest and fiercely independent and it is her drive that has transformed her from a quiet teenager working in a small underwear store to a global superstar. She wasn't born rich, she isn't pretty and she's the first to admit that her looks aren't natural, from her breasts to her raven black hair and iconic beauty spot.
But Dita has a drive, an energy that refused to sleep until she had accomplished all that she possibly could. She's achieved more than any old-time icon, she's 38 years old and she isn't stopping anytime soon.
She is an inspiration.