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Interview: SuicideGirls founder Missy Suicide talks feminism vs exploration, posting nudes, keeping vison of company alive

A rocker girl is a person with beauty and their own thoughts. They do not seek approval from other people, but only from themselves. Though, their style is out there, they have a unique look and fashion. They are beautiful, funny and smart. If you have any FUCKING mind at all — do NOT, and I repeat — DO NOT make them angry. — Urban Dictionary

Don’t forget the booze! Rocker girls love booze.

Transcending from our computer screens into the nation’s capital —SuicideGirls.com have hit the road to share their sexy talents and unique body modifications and will be bringing their one-of-a-kind Blackheart Burlesque show to the Howard Theatre, Friday, March 30, in part of their 31-date North American tour.

Showtime is scheduled for 8PM and tickets may be purchased online at blackheartburlesque.com.

The Blackheart Burlesque is a product of SuicideGirls.com. SuicideGirls.com is a moderated pinup girl website — think Bettie Page with tattoos and piercing — that host beautiful nude images of tattooed and pierced girls. A community site since 2001 —SuicideGirls.com was created so like-minded women could come together, meet people, make friends and be supportive of each other; all while sharing their nudes and not have to worry about jerks in the comments.

The SuicideGirls are a movement that started when it was uncommon for women to have tattoos and piercings all over their body while posing nude on the internet and social media platforms. I had the opportunity to chat with the founder of SuicideGirls.com, Missy Suicide to discuss the Blackheart Burlesque tour, feminism vs exploration, keeping the original vision of company alive and more.

What is the Blackheart Burlesque tour?

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Missy Suicide is the co-founder of online community SuicideGirls.com (SuicideGirls.com)

The Blackheart Burlesque tour is a pop culture-themed burlesque show — each member is themed out to represent your favorite comic book, TV show, movie, video game or book character. It’s very pop culture relevant — like Pokemon you have to catch all the references.

It’s super fun and has an amazing soundtrack. The girls are all highly trained dancers and they’re all different and unique and beautiful. When they get up on stage, they just radiant this confidence and joy and love. It’s a beautiful thing to watch and to witness — seeing how the audience reacts and seeing how the girls take that in and give it back to them.

The show is a once in a lifetime sort of experience. You have to go experience it live. It contains your life, literally. We’ve had couples who met at the show and got married. There are girls who are now a part of the tour who started as audience members. It’s really a beautiful and unique sort of experience. I really can’t stress enough how much love and energy, focus, fun, silliness, and sexiness you’re going to see.

What kind of music is played during the shows?

There is everything from The Black Keys to Kendrick Lamar and The Knife. It’s a pretty eclectic soundtrack but all the songs are amazing. Even the K-pop song; everyone is going to be jumping to it.

How are the girls chosen to be in the Blackheart Burlesque show?

Everyone auditions. They are all suicide girls on the website or hopefuls. They all audition because they have to be able to shake and shimmy.

Do you work with the dancers on a personal level?

When the girls are in the rehearsal process a lot of them are not from Los Angeles — they are from all over — so they end up staying at the [SuicideGirl] house. I get to know them and get to hang out with them. The girls that are from Los Angeles — that have been a part of the tour for five years — it’s really amazing to get to know them and help them grow and flourish into the best they can be.

Our choreographer [Liyrc] started out as a dancer on the tour. She didn’t get chosen to go on the Australian tour — which was the first tour she auditioned for — but she stuck with it and kept rehearsing. Now she’s the choreographer and working on her own stuff in Arizona and growing her own business. I’m just so proud of her and excited to see what she can create and do.

 How did the website translate into other ventures; movies, comic books, vape pens, tours and more?

 It’s really been a journey. I took the idea of creating a space where my friends could be appreciated for being the beautiful unique people that they were and created a website around it. In creating that website, I thought what else interested me: books, movies, burlesque tour and TV shows and other sorts of things.

I feel really lucky to have been able to create a space and a world that is accepting of what I want to do in the world and what I would want to see. It has also allowed other women to create their own space in the world and make a living out of doing what they love.

It’s been one of those things where if you open a door and walk through, more doors have to open up.

Three years ago we had a conversation about you breaking the SuicideGirls into reality television. Any updates?

I have a meeting tomorrow so let’s hope it goes well. It’s crazy that it’s been three years and I’m still working it and still trying to get it. It will happen eventually.

Everything takes time. Do you have an ideal situation you would prefer to present it on?

I feel like it’s changed. I feel like if it was three-years ago, it would be network TV. But now I feel like going to a Netflix, Amazon or streaming service would be better. We will see what happens.

Hopefully, you bringing it up is the charm!

Over the course of time — when things didn’t go particularly how you may have wanted them – what have you used personally for motivation to keep going?

For me personally, it’s been the girls. People are finally starting to come around to the original vision that I had: that women bodies are beautiful and not shameful and something we have to hide. That you can be feminist and proud of your body. Every time that I go to a show there are people there that talk about how it changed their life and what it means to them. That to me is super amazing and humbling.

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