Dita von Teese wears the Union Jack as a fabulous cape


Do you know how much I love Dita von Teese? I kind of want her life, minus the years she spent with Marilyn Manson. Still, she walked away from him pretty fast, so she’s not totally dumb. I want her to work with the History Channel on a show about the history of burlesque. I want her narrating PBS’s Frontline. I want to see more pretty pictures of her with her aristocrat boyfriend. Anyway, these are photos of Dita and Richard Branson at the celebration of Virgin’s ten years of flights from London direct to Las Vegas. One of the planes has Dita’s image on it. You too can fly Air Dita.

DITA Von Teese’s superhero alter-ego came as a massive surprise to us. We knew that Dita Von Teese was in a class of her own when it came to burlesque and thought she deserved a medal – or at least, a sandwich, for having a waist that tiny – but we never expected her talents would stretch this far.

So when these shots of the uber-glam beauty landed on our desks, we gasped in delight – as it seems not only is she a closet superhero, but she’s flying the flag for us Brits too.

We’re loving her modern-day Superwoman get-up as a ravishing showgirl – what a sexpot – but we can’t imagine those red stilettos come in handy when she’s making a swift landing or fighting crime.

The way she’s wrapped a Union Jack flag around herself is pretty impressive too – that’s one way to get a flattering criss-cross neckline.

But then, as we were flicking through the pictures, we noticed Sir Richard Branson hovering in the background. And then we saw the gigantic airbus and realised our dreams have not come true – Dita is no superhero. Sob.

She has however been immortalised as a flying lady on the side of one of his Virgin Atlantic planes, to commemorate the airline flying non-stop from London to Las Vegas for 10 years.

Which we guess, is pretty super in itself – although we thought Dita would have given Batman a run for his money.

[From OK UK]

I wonder how much Dita got paid for this gig. I bet it was a lot. She’s up for a good time, sure, but you can see how Branson is man-handling her. My guess is that this extraordinary appearance set him back something in the mid-six-figures. I also wonder which came first – the bustier or the painted image of Dita on the plane?



Dita and Branson on June 15, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Anna says:

    I am so in love with the way she looks and also with a lot of the things she represents. But (and this is a big but), she has the misfortune of being stricken by the David-Beckham-Curse: whenever she opens her mouth, it’s over. Her accent and her way of expressing herself verbally are just painful to my ears. She’s also not as smart as she may look in pictures. She’s a rather savvy businesswoman (she does well for herself, after all) but so is Paris Hilton. And both probably have help. Her real strength is conveying a lot without any words. As long as she sticks to that, I’m with her. But I can never love her all the way because of that huge deficit of hers.

  2. tripmom says:

    THAT’S who should be playing Wonder Woman.

  3. Eileen Yover says:

    Coolest. Chick. Ever.

  4. Wif says:

    She looks awesome.

  5. andrea says:

    this one and gwen stefani. LOVE.

  6. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    I am bored with this one already.

  7. ligeia says:

    haha she does so look like wonder woman in these! im also curious if she is wearing a corset in the picture or if her waist really is that thin.

  8. kellie says:

    Corset under the bathing suit.

  9. snowball says:

    She looks like one of those women who are more gorgeous in theory than they are in actuality.

    Not much about her looks real.

  10. She’s so awsome i loe her! i wanna see more of her on TV too! lol
    Richard Branson is so embarassing :/ hope she gt a lot of money for that lol

  11. Amy says:

    Anna is spot on! Dita looks great, but if you’ve ever heard her talk in an interview, then you TOTALLY understand why she was stupid enough to marry Manson. Girl is daft.

  12. Jason says:

    With a proper corset on, she can get her waist down to 16inches.

    LOVE HER!!!

  13. lucy2 says:

    She looks pretty in these photos. I’ve never heard her interviewed or anything, have only seen pictures. She totally looks like Wonder Woman in that 2nd picture!

    Those shoes look painful though.

  14. BabyCakes says:

    I love Dita.. Gwen Stefani… not so much. She looks too much like a man to me.

  15. teehee says:

    Have to say- very beautiful!!!!! I dont envy it– Ive never been one to do the dress and makeup stuff. But she does it so well 🙂

  16. Solveig says:

    I’m so envious of her skin, so beautifully flawless. I’m as pale as Dita (and a natural brunette) but my skin is far from being that good.
    Lucky bitch.

  17. MissyA says:

    LOve, love, love Dita. . . but I was throughly disappointed when I heard her lack of insightful commentary (and grating non-accent) on RuPaul’s Drag Race. I’m sure she’s a very intelligent and savvy woman – she just doesn’t sound that way.

    Still, a modern day Bettie Page. What’s not to love?

  18. bnice says:

    I agree with the Wonderwoman comments–she’s the only one I’ve seen that could come close to the otherworldly beauty of Linda Carter, who is still what I picture when thinking “Wonderwoman.”

  19. Angel says:

    sigh. I don’t even. I just. 16 inch waist is not….

    Ah, hell. You know what?

    She looks pretty.

  20. Juice in LA says:

    I have never heard her speak, but it seems likely that she is as “daft” as my fellow readers point out. I don’t think that would bother me, as long as she is not trying to pretends she’s something she not (ahem madge).

    In my book its ok to be ditzy and even “dumb” if you don’t pretend to be something else.

  21. Lady D says:

    No idea who she is, but she always reminds me of a gorgeous 1940’s pin-up girl.

  22. Jeri says:

    Great Pictures(s).

  23. Erin says:

    I love Dita, and have seen her in several interviews. She doesn’t come off as “dumb” to me, she is just extremely shy and has such a soft-spoken voice. I know at least in the subjects she speaks about, she is very well-read and knowledgeable. She knows her stuff (burlesque, pin-up art, etc).

  24. Ron says:

    Dita is beautiful in person, and she has never struck me as dumb at all. I don’t know her, but she certainly can carry on an intelligent conversation with strangers well. She certainly looks like the most perfect Wonder Woman, but I have no idea if she can act.

  25. johnny says:

    @ Jason you seriously love her because she can get her waist down to 16inches? Man i feel sorry for your girlfriends! (assuming you’ve had girlfriends)

  26. Amy says:

    “I’m sure she’s a very intelligent and savvy woman – she just doesn’t sound that way.”

    how would you know if shes very intelligent unless shes actually said somthing intelligent tho?
    and Bettie Page? lol she wishes! Dita is ok but Bettie is legendary!

    @ Solvieg, dont be sad, its called make-up.

  27. Kat says:

    Love her. One of my top style icons.

  28. RHONYC says:

    @ amy

    how would you know if shes very intelligent unless shes actually said somthing intelligent tho?


    “I am happy to have the drugs out of my life.”

    – dita on reasons for which she’s glad her marriage is over (w/marilyn manson).

    case closed.

  29. k says:

    Branson gives me the heebie-jeebies

  30. gg says:

    @ ligeia and kellie re her tiny waist: a) The red corset is a full-on corset, laced tightly up the back and fully boned – see the Daily Mail photos; and

    b) The only reason her ribcage and waist are shaped that way is because she has been reforming her body since she was very young with old-fashioned corsets. I’ve seen her on “extreme” shows on body modification showing how some hardcore types bind their feet and reshape their waists. She has gone through lots of pain to get her body like that, forcing it into a mold.

  31. WednesdayGirl says:

    She’s definitely wearing a corset. Her waist size when not wearing one is 21 inches (obviously due to her waist cinching).

    And no, she is not “daft” or “dumb” at all. She’s a bit shy and you have to remember that she went from being virtually unheard of to being well known in a short amount of time.

    Besides, no one can parallel the burlesque/1940s/pinup girl look as well as she can. *coughKatePerrycough*

  32. Maritza says:

    Yes, she could definitely play Wonder woman!

  33. Paula says:

    I L0-0-0-O-O-VE Dita. Her creamy white, flawless skin is strikingly and distinctively beautiful in an entertainment and modeling world full of fake bakes. She has carved a unique niche for herself by reviving the glamorous look of the 40s. High school photos show that she was pretty back then with clear skin, straight teeth, and long blond hair. I noticed that in the photo, she is wearing mesh or fishnet hosiery to match her skin tone. It is very difficult for pale women to maintain flawless skin on the legs as they bruise easily and are prone to spider veins that worsen as a person ages.

  34. gg says:

    Paula I know that’s right! Back when I wore shorts, I had to get Dermablend to cover up my leg bruises. After awhile, I just quit wearing shorts.

  35. Emily says:

    If they ever do a remake of Gone With the Wind (which given Hollywood’s remake fetish, you KNOW they will eventually), she needs to play Scarlett. She’d be perfect.

  36. Sally says:

    Yup – her one piece *is* a corset. It’s built in, you can see the boning. Dita looks gorgeous, love the fishnets.

  37. Diva says:

    Looking at her feet standing in those shoes hurts mine.

  38. M says:

    How does she keep her skin so flawless?
    *sigh* she’s gorgeous!

  39. ME says:

    She is truly awesome! I admire her. She stays out of the sun which is probably why she looks so amazing.

  40. daisy says:

    damn that has to hurt her feet!

  41. Jason says:

    @ Johnny: I don’t love her because she can get her waist down to 16inches…. LoL… I just love her in general. She’s very humble and shy and she’s never forgotten where she’s come from. Plus, I have a strong like of the whole “fetish world.”

    And sorry… no girlfriend… LoL… I’m happily partnered with a guy. 😉

  42. Jason says:

    @M: The main reason as to why her skin is so flawless is because she by avoids sunlight as much as possible. When she DOES go out, she wears lots of sunblock.