Dita Von Teese Talks Painful Shoes, Exposes Nipple

We just love Dita Von Teese. She makes touching her nipple look so refined (that photo is in the gallery). The burlesque star, not to be confused with Christina Agulilera, sat down with The Huffington Post and dished about growing up, painful shoes and thin models.

Check out a few highlights of the interview after the jump.

HP: Did your parents ever question your style?

DVT: Well, maybe when I went through my phase of lingerie as outerwear…I was wearing a lot of ’50s slips with cardigan sweaters and ballet flats, it was kind of my look for daytime. I saw Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and I thought, ‘That’s the look I want,’ and I’d go around wearing a white slip and a black sweater and black shoes so I think they thought, ‘You should put on some clothes.’ Even though I wasn’t showing any body. They were like, ‘You’re going to wear that corset as an outfit?’ And I would….I think they thought it was a little strange because I had big ideas about eccentric looks.

HP: What would you say, overall, is the most painful part of your routine?

DVT: Maybe the shoes, because Christian Louboutin is one of my best friends but when I go to order my shoes every season I’ll say to him, ‘Christian, I really need a sensible shoe,’ and he refuses to make me a sensible shoe. So what I have in my closet is some really, extremely high heels because he loves putting me in the highest of the high heels. They’re all custom-made, so I’m kind of in this trap of I have beautiful, beautiful shoes but it’s hard work wearing those shoes. But I have that thing where I just can’t go buy sensible shoes. It’s not fun. It’s not exciting. I have some ballet flats in there now because I have to but my best shoes are really outrageous….But I’m not the girl who changes into flats because my feet are tired at the end of the night. I go the distance. I go all the way.

HP: Totally unrelated, I was wondering what you think of runway models.

DVT: Right now there’s a hot new model that’s everywhere and she’s 15 years old. I think a lot of emphasis has been put on how thin they are, but the thing that a lot of people forget to mention is a lot of them are teenagers still and they are thinner because they’re teenagers. I’m not saying there’s not a lot of eating disorders or whatever, but I remember being a teenager and eating whatever I wanted and drinking five sodas a day and not gaining any weight. But I do think a lot of these girls are just overworked, if anything, and they’re running from show to show and they don’t get a chance to eat. That combined with how young they are too is contributing to their thinness.

Read the full interview at The Huffington Post.