“BE PREPARED” – Tito Bonito
My Journey to BHOF (Part 3)
By Tito Bonito
Tomorrow the 2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend begins. Hundreds, if not thousands, of ecdysiasts enthusiasts are currently flocking to Las Vegas to attend the world’s largest festival and convention honoring the art of the tease. Four days filled with the best of the best in this industry from the past, present, and future as well as all over the world under one roof. On top of all of that, shows upon shows, upon shows, upon shows! I am bracing myself for the time of my life.
What I am, honestly, looking forward to the most this weekend are the shows. Thursday night, my best friend, Jeez Loueez hosts the Movers, Shakers, & Innovators Showcase and I am excited to cheer her on. I will be escorting legend Bic Carrol, so I am also excited for Titans of Tease on Friday night. Of course, Saturday night is the big night for me and my LA best friend, Jessabelle Thunder, who will be competing for Miss Exotic World. Finally, culminating in the Icons & All Stars show on Sunday night will have some of my favorite artists including Mr. Gorgeous, Tigger!, Foxy Tann and the Wham Bam Nation, Midnite Martini, Jett Adore, and so many more talented people!
There’s so much to do, see, and be inspired by even before I perform on Saturday night that I feel happy and confident in showcasing my best self come competition time. Spending the past four years playing around with this Boy Scout character has been more than fun and the act has gone through many incarnations. Originally, the music used was “Milkshake” by Kelis while booty dancing and drinking one. After listening to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”, I decided to use that song because it is so much fun and absolutely hilarious. It also helps win an audience over because the song blends generational gaps. Using various sources of inspiration has allowed me to create a whole new routine that is my own.
My biggest challenge, as I mentioned in my previous blog entries, was my “notoriously underwhelming costuming.” Luckily, I know better and have completely updated my look for this competition. I am very blessed to have had the help of costuming wizard Varla VaVoom on my shorts. The patches on my sash are sponsored by Elektra Cute of Minneapolis. I would also love to thank the Fashion District in Downtown LA for making dreams come true on a budget. I have a few tricks up my sleeve this time around and hope that come Saturday, I will showcase the best version of this act. All I have to remember is why I started performing burlesque, tap into that spirit, and the rest will fall into place.
Follow my antics all weekend long on my Instagram (@cubanmissilecrisis)