She is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She is thought to have helped repopularize burlesque performance.Early Life (Childhood)
Von Teese was born in Rochester, Michigan. She was classically trained as a ballet dancer from an early age, and danced solo at age 13 for a local ballet company.Interesting Facts
Von Teese achieved some level of recognition in the fetish world as a tightlacer. Through the wearing of a corset for many years, she had reduced her waistline to 22 inches (56 cm), and can be laced down as far as 16.5 inches (42 cm).Personal Life
She was married to Marilyn Manson. Prior to her marriage to him, she was romantically linked to vocalist/guitarist Mike Ness of Social Distortion and to actor Peter Sarsgaard.Rumor
She has also spoken of several same-sex experiences, including a serious relationship with a woman when she was 20.