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Audio slide show: Burlesque, a show that takes off

In this land of the thin, blond ideal, Lili VonSchtupp draws crowds to a dive bar in Hollywood every week to celebrate real women with real bodies. One of the troupes taking the stage just before midnight at VonSchtupp’s weekly Monday Night Tease calls itself the Rubenesque Burlesque. For four minutes, the women shake, bounce and bump to a hip-hop song, eventually stripping down to black leather bras. When those come off, the crowd at Three Clubs erupts. They hoot approvingly at these dancers, each of whom weighs over 200 pounds.

VonSchtupp cheers loudest of all.

Read Kate Linthicum’s story “Real women bump and grind in a Hollywood burlesque show”. Also see more audio slide shows like this in our pop•u•LA•tion series.


  1. April 24, 2011, 1:43 pm

    Awesome! Monday Night Tease tells this story and a million other stories every time I see it.

  2. April 24, 2011, 6:48 pm

    would love to see this show… looks like lots of fun… I’m in bay area, next trip to LA will check this out.

    By: kkrimmer
  3. April 25, 2011, 2:44 pm

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