Dita von Teese knows a thing or two about sex appeal. It’s an art form she’s been studying since childhood, riffling through her mother’s panty drawer (“she had some pretty sexy things in there”), getting her first job at a lingerie store at 15 (“I begged them to let me be a stock girl”), and saving up those early earnings for secret, sultry purchases (Her very first? “It was a Tiffany blue, shiny, silk garter belt”).
Suffice it to say her education paid off; she can make a mid-calf hemline titillating and full nudity seem rather subtle. We asked the empress of modern burlesque, whose new retro lingerie line just launched at Bloomingdale’s, what keeps her feeling sexy throughout the day.