We sat down with Laura Desiree and asked her a few questions about performing, staying healthy and what it means to be sexy.
1. What is your career? What do you love most about it?
I am a Burlesque/ Cabaret Performer and Instructor. What I love most about it, is the opportunity to empower women by way of exploring their femininity, physical ability and poise, while traveling the world and staying connected to my first love, performance!
2. What do you think is sexy?
Sexy is celebrating the body and one’s character with immaculate posture and grace in one’s actions and one’s dialogue. I love to channel old Hollywood actresses that effortlessly exuded this confidence; Marlene Dietrich in her black Tuxedo, Rita Hayworth tossing her hair with those long black opera gloves, Barbara Stanwyck strutting down her staircase or Marilyn Monroe, standing tall and sassy above the subway vents.
3. What is your secret to staying fit?
Staying fit is not an easy task. I try to enrich my body with a nutrient and protein packed diet along with taking time to dance at least an hour a day (whether it be for rehearsal or in my Ballroom Dance studies). Dancing can be an incredible work out with great core engagement and flexibility training.
4. How do you un-wind after a long day?
I absolutely love cooking shows. Quite often I will draw a bath and position my laptop on a stand at the foot of the tub and soak for a good hour of delicious and inspiring food fantasies!
5. What books on your nightstand?
Eartha Kitt’s “Confessions of a Sex Kitten”
6. Proudest accomplishment?
Taking the leap of faith into the world of performance, I meditate daily on what a privilege it is to entertain and create for an audience. I have been able to follow this dream by touring North America as a soloist and I am gearing up for an amazing adventure, touring Europe with the company of my twin sister.
7. Your ride? The rocket? Bike? Car?
When transporting to and from a show, always a taxi. Showgirls pack far too much to drag onto the TTC.
8. What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown, 1954. By far one of the most gorgeous versions of ‘Embraceable You’
9. Who is your role model or mentor?
Certainly a great number of the women who built my industry and paved the way for performers like me to self-manage, book shows and tour independently. The legends league of burlesque stars; Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr, Zorita, Tempest Storm, April March, Bettie Page and Tiffany Carter.
10. Proudest moment in my career …
Performing at a sold out venue for a Holiday show that I produced and performed in, with my entire family and my boyfriend’s family in the audience.
11. Tell us about your first experience with body blitz?
A body blitz veteran friend of mine took me for my first venture into the water circuit. I love routines, so I was sure to follow every step. I felt relaxed, revived, and when I returned home, I remember curling up for the most incredible nap that had me question later in the day if it had really happened, or had I just dreamt it?
12. How has your health changed since using the body blitz therapeutic waters?
My stress has been reduced significantly. My concentration and focus has certainly sharpened throughout the day and for someone with very difficult sleep patterns, I need to be able to guide myself to a place of total relaxation in order to reach a state of deep sleep. I often channel the sensation of lying on the lounge chair, wrapped in my cushy robe and am whisked off to ecstasy.