These women have shaped and popularized stripping so much that it influences both art and television of the modern age. Today, we have made a list of the most popular strippers, just for you.
Laverie Vallee Cooper, known by her stage name Charmion, was one of the first strippers who undressed in front of a camera. What is interesting about her is that she was also a strongwoman and a vaudeville trapeze artist.
In order to be easily remembered, Charmion always dressed in a full Victorian outfit, every part of which she took off between every swing on the trapeze.
She performed for the short film “Trapeze Disrobing Act” in 1901. The film was shot in a specific way so her act to be considered as beautiful and respectful by the society back then. The film also starred two men, acting as an on-screen audience, who applauded her performance and tried to catch her clothes.
Josephine Baker (1906-1975)
What is interesting about Josephine is that she is not only a world-famous entertainer but also the first person of color to become one. She is also famous for her role in the 1934 film Zouzou.
Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, however, she renounced her U.S citizenship after she married a French industrialist in 1937. Except being an entertainer, Josephine was also an activist and a French resistance agent.
She became extremely popular in France, thanks to her talent and costume consisting of only a girdle of bananas – her most iconic image and one of the symbols of the Jazz Age.
Lili St. Cyr (1918-1999)
Willis Marie Van Schaack, best known as Lili St. Cyr, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1918. As a girl, Cyr took ballet lessons, which later helped her become a professional dancer as a chorus line girl in Hollywood.
Lili had the opportunity to choreograph her own performance, which turned to be a big success. Later she performed in the Music Box in San Francisco.
Cyr earned her reputation as a high-class performer in the burlesque and stripping. She is among the first women who had no problem to show their nude bodies in front of an audience.
She was married six times. After retiring, Cyr started her own lingerie business.
Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970)
Gypsy Rose Lee was one of the most famous American vedette, stripper and burlesque entertainers. She quickly won her popularity thanks to witty striptease performances, burlesque acts, and her own beauty.
Her real name is Rose Louise Hovick, she was born in 1911 in Seattle, Washington. She had a younger sister, the actress June Havoc. Lee was married 3 times and had only one child.
Her career as a stripper started after an accident with a shoulder strap which gave way and her whole dress fall down. Despite her efforts to cover herself, the audience encouraged her and this “trick” became one of her trademarks.
Sally Rand (1904-1979)
Born Helen Gould Beck, Sally was also a burlesque dancer, vedette, and actress. She was born in 1904 in Elkton, Missouri. Sally worked as a chorus girl when she was only 13.
She used a peek-a-boo trick to tease both the fans in front and behind her. One of her other tricks is the seemingly nude dance behind a large white fan. She is best known for her fan dance and balloon bubble dance which are her trademarks. Sally played roles in more than 20 films, one of which is Bolero.
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