SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

suicide girls webSuicideGirls have for more than a decade (nearly 13 years!) been redefining what our society considers a beautiful, sexy and strong woman – celebrating all things furthest from the norm, seeking out the quirky, the unconventional, the rebellious, all representing the alternative lifestyle of so many underrepresented beauties. These girls hold their middle finger up to the standards our culture has put on them and push past the stuffy attitude and stigma associated with anyone who bucks the establishment. At this point, popularity for the SuicideGirls’ worldwide organization has soared; they receive even more submissions than Playboy and are careful to select just the right girls to officially exemplify SuicideGirls’ ideals.

suicidegirls logo  “Our community carefully chooses the most unique, beautiful women from those submissions and invites them to join our sorority of badass bombshells and geek goddesses,” boasts the website SuicideGirls.com. “We consider ourselves the sexiest, smartest, most dangerous collection of outsider women in the world.” And they are; with thousands of SuicideGirls representing from all over the world, the collection is proving every day that they have staying power and are breaking the mold.

More and more, SuicideGirls’ visions and examples are popping up in our mainstream media: in commercials, music videos, everywhere people are being exposed and drawn in to the beauty that is that uniqueness. There are a lot of assumptions that you have to be tattooed, pierced and provocative to be a SuicideGirl, and that it is what the organization promotes. That’s simply not the case. Candidates can be of any style, walk of life and demeanor. The important thing is that they are unique, have an aura of fierceness and don’t fall into the trap of cookie-cutter beauty. These are true indie beauties that embrace an alternative lifestyle.

Touring as a burlesque show in the early 2000s, the SuicideGirls developed a show that opened for such musical giants as Guns ‘n’ Roses and Courtney Love. Now after a six-year hiatus they are taking their message on the road once again with their SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque tour. October 12 at The Orbit Room, West Michigan will be put on the edge of excitement and witness some of the sexiest and fun – not to mention barely clothed – entertainment to tour this country in the form of burlesque greatness. After narrowing the cast down to its best seven girls, SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque will take audiences on a tongue-in-cheek ride through some fun and energetic routines filled with lots of sexy appeal. To elevate their performance, they have tapped famed established and accomplished choreographer Manwe Sauls-Addison, whose credits include such powerhouse clients as Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Oh and yeah, these girls are not just sexy, they can dance too. Watching some of their rehearsal footage, I quickly gained an appreciation for the physicality the ladies are putting into the show. This will not only be well danced, it will tell fun stories in a sexy way.

More than some sexy hip-shaking and grinding, this show will also have a bunch of humor thrown in. Some routines are built around such popular culture references as Kill Bill and Game of Thrones. Other subjects working their way into the piece will be The Big Lebowski (which I am dying to see), Planet of the Apes, Dr. Who and more.

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque will be performed Oct. 12 at The Orbit Room. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.–Naomi Goedert

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