We had the good fortune of connecting with Miss Orchid Mei and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Miss Orchid, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
For me, the end goal is to have successfully carried on the traditions and history of burlesque both within the burlesque scene and to a wider scope than that niche. To foster generations after me, elevate and celebrate my Korean heritage and Asian faces, bodies, and art, and to give a face to other 1/2 Asians that aren’t seen as Asian “enough” or are “white facing”.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been performing burlesque for 17 years. When I started, social media was not yet a thing and our platform was not as robust. I joined a local troupe, google searched contacts and events to reach out to, and networked at the events that I was accepted into. I travelled and did every local event that I could, aligning myself with local producers and national touring troupes/bands. When we migrated into social media, everything exploded widening our scope and introducing many new outlets that propelled me forward.
While I am still evolving with society and technology, I have learned the power of community, ingenuity, and drive. That we can make something out of nothing. That we learn and strive together. I’m proud to have been able travel and grow with our community, to learn from our foremothers, to establish my brand of slow burn, strut, and glamour, and to have introduced ribbon fans that have become a staple on the landscape of the scene.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
How fun! Here’s a few things we would do:

Monday – FIDM Museum, Figaro Bistro for happy hour, No Vacancy, Musso and Franks for dinner, Black Rabbit Rose, Burgundy Room
Tuesday – Stroll Magnolia Street in Burbank, Teddy’s Red Taco, Beauty and Essex, Cicada, Magic Castle
Wednesday – Casita Del Campo, Akbar, Tiger Heat, Pine and Crane, Redline for a drag show
Thursday – Bradbury building, Theaters on Broadway, Millennium Biltmore, Union Station, stroll around Little Tokyo, dinner at ShoJin, drinks at Far Bar.
Friday – K Town! Intercrew, Go Pocha, Sun Nong Dong, Line Hotel, Korea Town Night Market
Saturday – Hidden stairs in Beachwood/Hollywood Sculpture Garden, Jitlada, Smorgasburg, explore the hidden tunnels
Sunday – Brunch La Boheme, hit up a vintage flea, 626 night market, The Rainbow

We are definitely going to need another week….or two!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout Jennifer Werber aka Miso Pretty (jennifer@misoprettyburlesque.com), creator of the first all Asian burlesque show in SoCal, Jade Follies.

Website: www.missorchidmei.com

Instagram: @Miss_Orchid_Mei

Facebook: Miss Orchid Mei

Image Credits
Julia Kuzmenko, Vingage Rebel Studios, La Photographie, Tim Hunter

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