Bettina May has been a pin-up model and burlesque performer since 2003, starting her career as a model for SuicideGirls.com. Since then, she has been the subject of the 2003 HBO RealSex TV show on Modern Pin-up, appeared in the music videos like Probot’s “Shake Your Blood” featuring Dave Grohl and Lemmy Kilmister and and inclusion in the first SuicideGirls coffee table book and their art magazine. She has also been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, Shimmy Magazine, Dynamite Magazine in Germany, and Portuguese Vogue!

She is also a much sought-after pin-up photographer and vintage stylist, putting her love of vintage style to good use as a consultant for period films and running her successful pin-up makeover classes, which she styles and shoots herself. She has been teaching classes since 2006, bringing her unique body-positive full-day experience to Canada, the US and Europe. Her class has appeared nationally on NBC’s First Look and has been profiled in the NY Times and Greenpoint Gazette.

She has received a number of awards for her innovative yet classic dance style, earning the title “Most Energetic Dancer (Female)” in the 2003 local Monday Magazine arts awards show and in 2006 she was again recognized by Monday Magazine readers, being awarded “Favourite Dancer.” Most recently Victoria’s Times-Colonist daily paper named her “Most Fashionable Woman” of 2008.

Lemmy and Bettina

Bettina May performs and models all over the world, most recently being given what may be the first ever visa to work as a burlesque performer in the United States, where she currently lives and performs. She completed her first European tour in Autumn 2007, performing in Portugal, the UK, Germany and in Paris with Gentry de Paris, and returned for encore performances in Paris in July 2008, where she performed at an exclusive party with celebrities Jude Law and Kanye West in attendance, and most recently toured Germany in 2009, performing at the Reeperbahn festival.

She has performed at festivals like the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, and has lent her talents to a wide variety of benefit shows, including the 2006 Miss Exotic World Show in Las Vegas, as well as benefits for New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina and has modeled for PETA’s anti-fur campaign.

When she’s not on stage or in front of the camera, she is running her male pin-up magazine An Occasional Man, which she started in April 2008! She also runs her successful vintage-style glamour accessory company, Coquette Faux Furriers, outfitting the likes of Bernie Dexter, Dita Von Teese and Kitten DeVille.


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