Mx Burlesque crown changes to gender neutral title

A long-running showcase of Australia’s most glamorous and alluring burlesque performers has changed its name to reflect the diversity of the performers drawn to the art of the tease.

The Australian burlesque competition, previously split under the two titles of Miss Burlesque and Mr Boylesque, has been merged into one and renamed as Mx Burlesque.

Executive producer Melanie Piantoni, who performs as A’dora Derriere, said the change was needed because many non-binary performers did not identify with the Miss or Mr titles.

“They were a non-binary person and they’d been wanting to do this competition for many years, they just weren’t sure which competition to enter.”

The contest to crown the best in burlesque started as Miss Burlesque in about 2009.

A'dora Derriere (Melanie Piantoni) wearing a burlesque costume and peacock feather head dress.
Melanie Piantoni, who performs as A’dora Derriere, says she has received positive feedback about the event.(Supplied: David Woolley )

Breaking down barriers

Mr Boylesque followed soon after, and the two competitions have been running in multiple states across Australia.

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