Nearly Naked Suicide Girls Burlesque Show Carries Torch for Alt-Beauty


Much has changed in the world of alt-modeling since the inception of Suicide Girls in 2001. It was the first major website where you could see tattooed and pierced ladies bare it all in front of the camera. It became more than just a soft-core porn site for creepy dudes who were into punk and metal; it became an online alternative community. As the site grew so did its popularity grew among women, who now make up 51 percent of the site's paid membership, according to statistics listed on the website.

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The Suicide Girls perform at Marquee Theatre.
The Suicide Girls perform at Marquee Theatre.
Jim Louvau

The idea of women sporting tattoos isn't nearly as frowned upon in society these days -- after all it is 2014. Tattoo magazines are as popular as music publications, and many of the models get the rock star treatment, which is where the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque Tour comes into play. The tour, which started in 2003, made its second stop to the Valley in just over a year last week at Marquee Theatre. The show felt very similar to the 2013 edition, though it featured a new cast of girls.

Sunny Suicide performs at Marquee Theatre.
Sunny Suicide performs at Marquee Theatre.
Jim Louvau

The one thing that hasn't changed is the criticism that burlesque shows, despite the overwhelmingly female audience and aura of empowerment, are actually sexist. We caught up with some of the girls on the tour to ask them why they became a Suicide Girl and what the culture means to them.

SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour at Marquee Theatre
SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour at Marquee Theatre
Jim Louvau

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