Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese


9/28/1972, Rochester, Michigan, U.S.A.

Birth Name

Heather Renée Sweet



Also Known As

Heather Warner, Heather Sweet, Dita
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Dita Von Teese, born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan, is an American burlesque dancer and pin-up model. Her trade marks are her "woman in a giant martini glass" routine and her raven colored hair.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dita: (on her new line of lingerie for Wonderbra ) I've always wanted to do something with lingerie, and it was important for the finished product to be something I would wear myself.

    • Dita: (on tattoos she once wanted to get) In the early nineties I almost got seams (tattooed) up the back of my legs but I'm so glad I didn't. Can you imagine how hard it would be to match up the seams with real stockings? It would have been a nightmare. At that time I was researching everything about the forties, about how during World War II women would draw seams on. I thought, "Wouldn't that be cool?" I had them henna tattooed on, but I never went all the way.

    • Dita: (on a star tattoo she once wanted on her left cheek) You have to understand I was pretty eccentric. I was always drawing hearts and stars in that spot. I went in thinking I wanted a star there, but they wouldn't do it. They were the voice of reason. They were so right.

    • Dita: Like anyone, I think about sex a lot and let's face it, in times like these it's one thing you can really enjoy because it doesn't cost a thing! Let's say I'm enjoying myself at the moment. I have suddenly become quite lecherous and it's fun. I absolutely adore good sex.

    • Dita: (on how ex-boyfriends ask her to quit stripping) To begin with, they all say how great (my career) is. But when it comes down to it, they want their careers to be more important than mine. I've had many a man ask me to quit so I can support him and be there for him all the time.

    • Dita: For Halloween, I'm going to put bronzer on, some spray tan on, and wear jeans.

    • Dita (on her fond memory of meeting legendary Pin-Up Bettie Page) She looked me up and down and said, "You're an attractive girl, but a poor Bettie Page mimic." I said, "I know," and she laughed.

    • Dita: I get so nervous when I'm attracted to someone that I can't talk. I'm so scared of rejection - I'm not good around boys. I'm single for the first time now, and allowing men to bring me a lot of pleasure. Whenever I'm in a relationship, I'm blind to everyone else in the world, and all the chapters in my life are defined by my relationships.

    • Dita: (ruling out never remarrying) I have never been opposed to marriage. My faith in marriage hasn't changed. I don't regret ever been married. I was a good faithful wife. I quite enjoyed it. I am hoping the next time I find someone who has the same ideas about marriage that I have ... I am dating lots, but I am "single and dating." I am holding on to that single status as long as I can.

    • Dita: (on the best thing about her divorce from Marilyn Manson) There's a long list of things. I am happy to have the drugs out of my life. I took my engagement diamond and had it transformed at Christian Dior in Paris into a beautiful ring. It's nice; it's big. I feel like I suffered greatly for that diamond, and it needed to be reborn into something better.

    • Dita: I don't think the word "stripper" is a bad word. I was a failed ballerina, so I found a way to satisfy my dreams and to be a performer.

    • Dita: The British are really quite kinky. I love being in London because it has a great heritage of burlesque. They were the first girls to wear fishnet tights and lift their skirts and, by all accounts, they were very sexy in their G-strings.

    • Dita: I had a cat as a child and it had seven or eight kittens so I understood from a young age that it mattered to me where these babies went. You have to be responsible not just for your pet but for any animals your pet will produce, so I've always spayed and neutered my pets.

    • Dita: (on working with PETA but not giving up wearing fur) PETA's totally aware of me. I'm not working with PETA to tell people to be vegetarians or to stop wearing fur. I am there to strictly speak about spaying and neutering your pets.

    • Dita: I love playing the part of the damsel in distress.

    • Dita: (on being part of Frederick's of Hollywood's 2007 holiday ad campaign) As a longtime fan of the history of the Frederick's brand, it's a great honor to be chosen to represent the company by appearing as the star of the 2007 Holiday Pin-Up Parade. Frederick's of Hollywood has been giving women the accoutrements they desire to bring glamour and sensuality into their lives by offering a wide selection of both the elegant and the risqué since 1946. I'm proud to be the face of such a legendary institution of lingerie.

    • Dita: (about what she wants in a relationship) There are lots of things that I would not like in my next relationship. But I would like to be with someone who is maybe a little bit more even-tempered, or someone with good manners. Maybe not someone who is 'nice' - that isn't really the word - but someone who says please and thank you, is even-tempered and doesn't break all the windows in the house. That would be cool.

    • Dita: (on ballet dancing) By 15 I was as good as I'd ever be.

    • Dita: (on ex-husband Marilyn Manson) He's been very vocal about his depression and drug use... I tried to get him help and he chose not to change his lifestyle and not to get better. I think he decided to surround himself with people who want to live that lifestyle as well.

    • Dita: (on what she wears when relaxing) My casual look consists of maybe a pair of ballet flats, a little feminine, cap-sleeved T-shirt, and a '50s-style cotton skirt with a pretty print on it or something. To me, that's casual and comfortable.

    • Dita: In 1990, when I was 18 or 19, I worked in the LA rave scene as a go-go dancer. I was very well-known as a performance artist and go-go dancer, and always retro-styled. I was also working in a lingerie store and as a ballet dancer, and I thought, 'Why not try stripping?' So I walked into a strip club one time and I thought, 'Oh, this would be fun', because I was always up for adventure.

    • Dita: When I was little, I remember watching Jayne Mansfield in The Girl Can't Help It and making a promise when I grew up I was going to have curves like that: the clinched-in waist, the big bust, and those ample hips that just popped off the screen. I've never made a secret about having my breasts done. It's something I'm proud of. The message I want to get out is that anyone can do this. Honestly, without my bag of tricks, I am pretty ordinary – it's just that I have a pretty nice bag of tricks.

    • Dita: (on her marriage to Marilyn Manson) We were completely monogamous. I think people thought we were free and open, but we really believed in commitment, tradition, and our vows. But sometimes people change their ideas, I suppose.

    • Dita: (on the reason she split with Marilyn Manson) Let's say it must have been something pretty bad!

    • Dita: I really want to be alone for a while after leaving a marriage.

    • Dita: I'm really a small town girl from Michigan who has a good laugh that being a fancy-pants stripper got me here!

    • Dita: I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute.

    • Dita: Some people say what I do isn't very liberating. I say it's pretty liberating to get $20,000 for 10 minutes work.

    • Dita: (on getting married again after divorcing Marilyn Manson) I definitely hope to marry again. I believe in that kind of commitment. And I saw some stunning wedding dresses in Paris.

    • Dita: The one time I hired a stylist, they picked up a pair of my 1940s shoes and said, "These would look really cute with jeans." I immediately said, 'You're out of here.'

    • Dita: No one has seen me out at a party having had too much to drink showing my boobs or butt. I'm not that wild kind of girl.

    • Dita: I hear people who are trying to do burlesque say, 'Well, we won't take our clothes off because that's not classy.' I think that's offensive to stars from the past like Gypsy Rose Lee. Burlesque isn't a style, it's all about stripping.

    • Dita: (on wearing lingerie) It puts the tease in strip tease.

    • Dita: I always get billed as 'Dita, internationally known fetish supermodel.'