Miss Exotic World 2005 , Michelle L’amour , is one of the premiere names in modern burlesque. She has been seen by millions of people as a result of her awe inspiring performances on stage, television (Semi Finalist for “America’s Got Talent ” – Season One, “Sexual Healing” – Showtime, “In the Bedroom” – OWN, Carson Daly, La France a un Incroyable Talent and more) and international documentaries (like Tokyo’s “New Burlesque”, Canada’s “What a Booty” and “The Art and Heart of the Tease”, Immodesty Blaize’s “Burlesque Undressed,” and more). L’amour has been ranked in the TOP 5 of Burlesque by 21st Century Burlesque since 2009 and has performed in the top burlesque shows in the country like Lucha Va Voom, Dita Von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray, The World Busker’s Festival, and Superstars of Burlesque. She has performed in such acclaimed venues as The Park West and The Vic Theater in Chicago, The Mayan Theater in LA, The State Theatre in Sydney, Australia, Koko in London and The House of Blues in Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston. This 2005 Burlesque Hall of Fame inductee has teased from Sao Paulo to Zurich, Toronto to London, Los Angeles to Paris, Madrid to Melbourne, and New York to New Zealand.
In 2008, Ms. L’amour opened Studio L’amour in Chicago, one of the top burlesque instruction schools in the world. As an instructor, she has taught thousands of women, been featured in magazines like Woman’s Health, Chicago Magazine, Marie Claire and Playboy Brazil and is often called upon by Dr. Laura Berman (America’s leading relationship counselor) to lend her talents to women struggling with their self esteem. In 2011 she released the much anticipated workout video “Tease & Tone” which is now helping women all over the world take a sexier approach to fitness. In 2013, “Booty Lab” , an instructional booty shakin’ dance DVD, hit the market after L’amour’s viral video sensation ‘Butthoven‘ swept the globe.
In 2009, Michelle founded Naked Girls Reading which was called “The world’s most provocative literary salon” by the Toronto Globe and Mail and has been covered in the press in the US, Canada, Brazil, France, Italy, England, Turkey, Australia and more. Naked Girls Reading is now franchised to more than 14 international cities and awards the “Literary Honors” for excellence in writing each year.
In 2010, her world renowned dance company, The Chicago Starlets, won the title of “World’s Best Burlesque Group” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. The Starlets, a Follies inspired group of 15 women, have taken the stage at every major festival held in North America and are featured in L’amour’s productions like “Superstars of Burlesque,” “Wiggle Room,” “Big Sexy Show,” and more.
In November of 2010, she opened the Everleigh Social Club in homage to Chicago’s most famous madams, The Everleigh Sisters. This venue houses Naked Girls Reading, Wiggle Room, figure drawing and many sexy soirees.
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