Lillian Bustle is a Burlesque performer, singer, MC, and public speaker/gleeful loudmouth about body positivity! Her recent TEDx talk, Stripping Away Negative Body Image, sheds light on the positive effect of burlesque and visual diet on self-image, and has been shared by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. She currently produces and hosts Jersey City's premiere monthly Burlesque show, LiberTease, and the bimonthly Bingo Bongo Show, featuring performers who are as diverse as they are talented. Lillian believes that drag and burlesque are for every body, and strives to create a welcoming environment for people of all orientations and genders.
Although her first Burlesque performance was in 2012, she made her nightclub debut at the age of 14 as a singer in a drag show. She's been covered in glitter and boas ever since! Lillian has performed with Burlesque shows and festivals across North America such as Rabbit Hole productions, White Elephant Burlesque, Switch n Play, Montreal Bagel Burlesque Expo, Alterna-Tease, and The Philadelphia Burlesque Festival.
Her acts range from classic to comedic. Here's a handful of them on YouTube. Don't miss her signature holiday number!
Her signature YES act has been highlighted by media outlets like People.com, and this year Lilian was thrilled to bring this body-affirming performance to CurvyCon, one of the biggest annual events for plus-size women.
In 2019, Lillian received the Women of Action award from Jersey City for her free speech advocacy. She has recently been accepted into a program with the Index on Censorship to receive training and mentorship to continue challenging censorship and championing freedom of speech.
Passionate about body politics, Lillian has presented on the topics of intersectional feminism, fat discrimination, and body image to institutions across the country. She also teaches workshops that explore movement and body awareness through the lens of Burlesque performance. You can hear Lillian on The Body PosCast, a semi-weekly podcast which she co-hosts with actress and YouTuber Liza Poor. . For booking inquiries, click here!