About

Miss Burlesque Ireland (MBI) is a unique competition, that views modern burlesque in context to both, its rich historical tapestry, and the modern performance-based art form. The competition places itself in the neo-burlesque revival. We see burlesque as a theatrical art form that incorporates elements of striptease to create a dramatic cocktail of sexuality and satire.

We provide a platform for performers to create their best work. We encourage supportive professional development through constructive criticism from industry leaders. Our aim is to raise the professional standard within the burlesque industry.

The core values of the burlesque revival are emboldened with empowerment and feminism. Miss Burlesque Ireland seeks to uphold an all-inclusive competition and encourages diversity and body positivity, and aligns itself with the LGBTQI community.

After the selection process, 6-8 applicants will be invited to compete at the Grand Final for the title of Miss Burlesque Ireland.

The winner of the Grand Final will receive the Miss Burlesque Ireland title, a €500 cash prize, and the coveted crown and sash.
The runner-up will receive the Miss Burlesque Dublin title and tiara.

The dream is for the Miss Burlesque Competition to be a held worldwide in various countries with the winners competing for a world title. If you would like to be a part of this dream, please contact A’dora Derriere at missburlesqueaus@gmail.com

History of the Miss Burlesque Competition

Founded in Australia in 2009, Miss Burlesque held its first competition in July 2010. The grand finals in Sydney yielded a phenomenal response with performers creating outstanding big-stage acts.  It was immediately clear that MB was going to be an important platform for performers to take their visions to big stages.

In 2013, inspired by her own positive experiences with the competition, Azaria Starfire brought Miss Burlesque to Ireland. The first national competition in The Button Factory, Temple Bar brought some of the finest Irish talents to the stage and the sold-out show was greatly received, going on to become a highlight in the Irish burlesque calendar.

After 8 years of operation in Australia and 4 successful Irish shows to date, the standard of the competition has continued to rise. In 2018 we welcomed the UK in to the fold, with the first Miss Burlesque Uk taking place in London in september 2018.

Under the new executive production of A’dora Derriere the whole competition has undergone revision, with new rules, revised categories and a panel-based selection process.

Miss Burlesque continues to seek the brightest stars of burlesque.