Esmé Bianco was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. She moved to London at age 18 to study for a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College. Once in London, Bianco started to pursue a career in modeling, posing for lingerie label Agent Provocateur in their 2003 campaign, and going on to record vocals for two tracks on their album Peep Show. While attending university, Bianco started performing in neo-burlesque and cabaret shows, and has performed in them across the globe. Her signature show was "White Wedding", in which she burst out of a giant wedding cake.