Burlesque Beauties Throughout History

In honor of the release of the new film Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, we’ve created this historical look at the history of the art form.

What we know as burlesque originated in the late 19th century in Paris with the Moulin Rogue. Rooted in theatrical tradition, burlesque mixes performance art with adult entertainment and the art of the striptease. Here is a brief history of the medium and its stars.