Perle Noire, the Black Pearl, won the Queen of Burlesque competition at the 1st Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. Since then, she’s received maximum exposure in a variety of shows. She was featured in the UK documentary Burlesque Undressed, produced by, and starring, Immodesty Blaize. She appeared in the Travel Channel’s Extreme Competitions, shot at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas. In July of this year, Perle Noire performed in Cointreau presents Dita Von Teese and Special Guests, in association with Bustout Burlesque at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Producer Rick Delaup asked Perle a few questions, as the 2nd Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival approaches.
Last year was the 1st Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival. I don't think anyone knew what to expect. What were your impressions of the weekend overall?
I thought that it was an amazing Burlesque Festival. It was so organized and the venues were unbelievable. It was so nice to watch the performers at Harrah’s casino dancing to a live Band. A band always adds a touch of elegance.
What are your thoughts looking back to the night when you won the Queen of Burlesque competition?
I was so nervous. I thought I was dreaming when Rita Alexander called my name. The most amazing part was the support from my peers. Amber Ray gave me the biggest hug while I was crying. Everyone seemed thrilled that I won that night.
The biggest highlight was performing with Dita . She said that after seeing my YouTube video, she knew she wanted me in her show. I'm so proud that she saw the video from the [Queen of Burlesque] competition.
Give us a little insight to backstage at the Dita Von Teese show. What was it like backstage?
It was amazing! The best part was talking with Dita about Josephine Baker.
Tell me a little about your experience with the Burlesque Undressed film?
In the Queen of Burlesque competition, the winner passes on the crown the following year, but can continue to compete after that. Are you planning to compete for the Queen of Burlesque title in 2011?
You will all have to wait and see!
Photo by Shoshana Portnoy