Miss Burlesque Australia (MBA) is a unique competition, which positions modern burlesque both within its rich historical tapestry and burlesque’s revival as a modern performance based art form. The competition situates itself within the neo-burlesque revival as a theatrical performance-based art form that incorporates elements of striptease as a theatrical cocktail of sexuality and satire.
Our goal is to provide a platform for performers to create their best work. We encourage supportive professional development through constructive criticism from industry leaders and to raise the professional standard within the burlesque industry.
The core values of the burlesque revival are emboldened with empowerment and feminism. Miss Burlesque Australia seeks to uphold an all-inclusive competition and encourages diversity, body positivity and aligns itself with the LGBTQI community.
After the selection process 6-8 applicants from each state will be invited to compete in their state final. The winner from each will go on to compete at the Grand Final and the coveted title of Miss Burlesque Australia.
The winner of each State Final will receive the Miss Burlesque state title and over $1500 worth of cash and sponsored prizes, including crown and sash, flights and accomodation to Perth to compete in the Grand Final for the title of Miss Burlesque Australia.
State Final winners will receive minimum of $500, up to $1000 cash prize (state dependent).
Each State Final runner-up will receive a $250 cash prize, the runner-up sash, plus sponsored prizes.
The National Winners will be awarded cash prizes of $1200 for 1st place winner, $500 1st runner-up and $200 for 2nd runner-up, plus crowns, sashes and sponsored prizes for all 3 place holders.
The dream is for Miss Burlesque Australia to be a World Wide competition held in various Countries with the winners competing for a World Title. If you would like to be apart of this dream, please contact A’dora Derriere at firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Miss Burlesque Australia
Founded in 2009, MBA held its first competition held July 2010 in Brisbane’s historic Old Museum. The state finals in 2010 saw some of Australia’s finest performers take to the state, producing a quality of performances on a grand scale.
The grand finals were held at Sydney’s iconic Enmore Theatre and yielded a phenomenal response from the Australian burlesque community. With performers creating big-stage acts, it was clear that MBA was going to be an important platform for Australian performers to take their visions to big stages.
After eight years of operation the competition has grown and evolved. In 2018 Miss Burlesque Australia celebrated a reinvigoration of the competition under the new executive production of A’dora Derriere. With a restructuring of state producers, rewriting of sections, rules and selection process, Miss Burlesque Australia continues to seek the nation’s brightest stars of burlesque.