My Bare Lady: Memoirs from Australia’s Queen of Burlesque

As I climbed into a large basket in the centre of the stage, I was terrified. On the other side of this vast wall of red curtains was an audience of 200 people. And here I was, a country girl wearing a costume I made from the curtains in my caravan.

Inside my basket, I was so nervous I felt sick. What am I doing? How am I going to pull this off? Then it occurred to me, how the hell am I going to get out of this basket without toppling over?

I could hear the emcee start my introduction: “And now, the glamorous, the gorgeous, Velvet Amour, performing the Dance of the Seven Veils.” The music started, and then it happened. All the people, the nerves, and fear washed away. I elegantly flowed out of the basket and became someone else. No longer a frightened young girl from the bush, I was powerful. I was magnificent. I was home.

My Bare Lady is the autobiography of one of Australia’s original burlesque queens. It is a story of sacrifice and joy; failure and success; pain and pleasure. Discover how Velvet became one of Australia’s brightest stars, and how she waded through the gritty underworld she had to overcome to get to the top.

First-time author Velvet Amour has lived in every state of Australia and now resides in Queensland. “My Bare Lady is my very personal story beginning with my traumatic childhood, spanning through my burlesque career and my sometimes violent and troubled relationships. Dealing with molestation, murder, rape, alcoholism, drugs, and suicide attempts, my story ends with peace and happiness in semi-retirement.”

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