Felicity Furore is an insanely talented and creative woman, combining striptease skills with the ability to make costumes and arrange flowers, as well as being one of the NICEST people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Having met through The Cheek Of It! Burlesque School and documenting her graduation into the world of burlesque, it has been a joy to watch Felicity Furore grow as a performer and take not only the UK scene by storm, but the international scene as well through touring with Party Like Gatsby. Want to find out more about this exceptional woman? You can read my interview with Felicity Furore below…
How would your best friend describe you? Surprisingly clumsy for someone who’s job involves being graceful for a living!
Name three things that you always carry with you? A suitcase, a holdall and a backpack, all full to the brim! I don’t travel light!
What inspired you to book a photoshoot? Ever since I started being interested in burlesque, I’d known about Tigz and her work as a photographer. I really liked her style so, around 4 years ago, when she announced she was doing a studio day at Murder Mile, I was super keen to book in. At the time I’d never really done much modelling, so I was excited to work with somebody who has so much experience in pinup and boudoir. Ever since then I’ve loved shooting with Tigz whenever I have the chance as her shots are always phenomenal.
This time, I was keen to try something a little different, so I came to Tigz because I know she would be able to make my vision reality. It was a very new look for me, and pushing the edges of my comfort zone, so I wanted to do the shoot with somebody who I would feel comfortable and confident around, and who would be able to give me just the right amount of encouragement and direction.
Who would play Felicity Furore in a movie of your life? I’d like to say someone like Isla Fisher. She’s a bit goofy, plays a shopaholic extremely well, and has WONDERFUL hair!
You also run a floral arranging business, can you tell us a bit about that? I do indeed! A few years ago, I was stuck in a bit of a rut and couldn’t figure out where I wanted my career to go. I’d trained in costume design and making, but that wasn’t quite for me as the process of making a costume normally requires a lot of time and patience, two things I often struggle with! So I looked at the things I liked about costuming, and the things I was good at, and deciphered that floristry was a good way to go. It combines my love of creating beautiful things, mixing colours and textures, and having a positive impact on someones day by making them smile, but in the form of something that has a much quicker turnaround time! I did a wonderful course that year and have been slowly keeping it up ever since. Coincidentally, my burlesque career took off around the same time, which became my main focus, but I’ve just started to come back to the floristry again as it is something I’d really like to pursue further. I’ve just set up an Instagram, @foxthorn_floral, if you’re interested!
Whats the most interesting thing about you that the internet doesn’t know about you yet? Ummm, maybe that I make a lot of my own beauty products from natural ingredients at home. I started doing it so I had a non-work related hobby that would allow me to make things with my hands, and simultaneously force me to adopt some more self-care. I love mixing essential oils to make new fragrances and concoctions.
Tell us about one of the outfits you wore for your shoot – why do you love it? The look with the varsity jacket and lingerie is one of my favourite looks to date. The 50’s look is something I’ve always loved, but up until this point, I had mainly stuck to the much more ‘girly’ side of it. I had played around with more masculine rockabilly hairstyles at home and loved the way it looked, but still wanted to keep the look feminine and within the ‘vintage pinup’ genre. I love the contrasts in this outfit – it feels both masculine and feminine, vintage and modern, hard and soft.
What song gets you on the dancefloor? Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis!
What are you most proud of in your career so far? For the last couple of years I have been on tour with a wonderful events company called Party Like Gatsby. They put on huge Gatsby inspired parties all over Europe that feature cabaret, circus and live music. [TIGZ: I’ve been to one, its AMAZING!] It’s meant that I’ve got to travel to places like Iceland, Denmark, Hungary, Switzerland, Finland and Sweden and perform alongside some of my best friends. Not only that, but the venues are always phenomenal and there are audiences of over 1000 people at most shows. If someone had told me 4 years ago that I’d be doing things like that, I wouldn’t have believed them for one second!
What is your top body confidence tip? ‘You are not defined by your insecurities’. Before I started burlesque, I was so ashamed of my lack of a flat stomach. I would wear spanx all day every day and dread bikini season. I was convinced that that’s all people were looking at when they saw me. But when I started going to cabaret shows and seeing women with bodies all types of body shapes and sizes, some of which looked like mine, it was a real revelation. I was suddenly presented with incredibly strong, beautiful, fierce, funny, talented women, celebrating their bodies in all their forms, no f***s given, and it made me see that I am so much more than my so-called ‘imperfections’.
What will your autobiography be called? When I was 12 years old, my friend made me promise that if I ever wrote an autobiography, it would be called ‘Help! I’m Constantly Glittery’. Little did we know how apt that name would be all these years later!
If you could be a model for any brand, which brand would it be and why? Ahhh that’s such a hard one! Can I go big and say something like Dior???
What exciting project are you working on right now? We are just beginning to think about the next Party Like Gatsby tour and so I’m working with the producers on that to create something exciting for their new show! It’s very early days yet, but watch this space!