Dita Von Teese is the world’s most famous burlesque performer. The former girlfriend of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson readily admits to being a stripper, and is unashamed. In fact, she finds the act empowering, “Dressing in elaborate clothes and doing my hair and make-up in a different way enables me to express myself. I am never shy when I get up on stage and I’m under the spotlights. I am entirely in control.” With this feminist impetus to her work, it is no surprise that, according to Von Teese herself, the majority of her audience is women. Her performances are based on an elaborate 40s-style glamour, which, she says, runs counter the mainstream media sexy women are bombarded with on a daily basis. Unlike the concealed manipulation of magazine images, Von Teese is very up-front with her fans about the “work” she has had done. She readily admits to having breast augmentation when she was 21, having lost a lot of weight in her late teens that left her breasts deflated. She says it is stupid and dishonest to conceal plastic surgery and says to women considering it. “It’s okay not to be naturally beautiful and I’d say to any woman, ‘You should do what makes you feel good about yourself.'” Von Teese also compares plastic surgery to a “dramatic form of make-up,” which for her is part of the daily routine, as she is rarely seen without her bombshell facade Breast augmentation is not for everyone, but for women who want to take control of their body, it may be a good option. It is important to consider the procedure’s costs and potential complications before making a decision, however. To learn more about breast augmentation in the Philadelphia area, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David A. Bottger today.