Missy Malone

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Missy Malone
Missymalone02.jpg
Missy Malone modeling for Clutterfly Jewellery. Photo by Cherry Bomb Rock Photography.
Born (1985-05-16) 16 May 1985 (age 29)
Livingston, Scotland
Occupation Burlesque Performer, Actress, Model
Website
www.missymalone.co.uk

Missy Malone is a Scottish burlesque performer currently based in central England. She is known throughout Europe for her high calibre performances that fuse classic 1950s pin-up girl style and modern rock energy.[1]

Early years[edit]

An only child, Missy was born in 1985 and grew up in Livingston between Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. Throughout her childhood she attended dance and drama classes. She studied drama and art throughout high school and spent one school year training at ‘Powder’ circus school in Glasgow specialising in trapeze and stilt walking.[2] Missy attended Edinburgh College of Art 2003-2007 graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Performance Costume Design.[3]

Missy has always been passionate about aesthetics and about music: during school holidays as a teenager she worked in a local alternative record store. A huge fan of American popular culture she makes regular trips to L.A..[4]

The distinctive white streak in Missy’s naturally dark hair has been maintained since Missy was a teenager. Her father would affectionately call her ‘Mallen’ after the family from the 1979 TV series The Mallens.[5]

Burlesque[edit]

Missy is most known for her work as a burlesque performer. As soon as Missy turned 18 she started performing.[6] She developed a wide range of acts and is mostly known several: her stilt walking 9 ft ‘Bride’ act a tribute to the 1935 classic movie ‘Bride of Frankenstein’, fan dance with 4 ft long white feather fans, ‘Jack Frost’ in a rich black velvet cloak, a variety of other acts including a champagne themed balloon dance, a gambling cowgirl act entitled “Ace of Spades”, a classic 1950s bump and grind act “Comanche”, and several character acts depicting cupid, a nurse, pirate, and sailor.[7]

She quickly was recognised as Scotland’s top burlesque dancer.[8] Missy also works regularly with her dance partner Leyla Rose, their double acts include a classic Hawaiian Hula, a pillow fight, and a rock & roll military act.[9]

From 2003 Missy became a regular performer in the British Burlesque scene, performing across the country in shows like Candybox burlesque in Birmingham[10] and Torture Garden London.[11] In August 2006 Missy performed at the Italian rockabilly festival ‘Summer Jamboree’ with her then dance partner Foxy (Rachel) Rouge for over 2000 people.[12] Missy took up full-time work as a burlesque performer from December 2007 when she toured with The Damned on their 'twisted Cabaret' UK/Ireland tour.[13]

She now regularly performs across continental Europe and the UK, she is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each year and has appeared in a Bollywood movie ‘Raftaar’[14] and on Italian television program.

In 2009, Missy hosted a large scale variety show alongside Leyla Rose as Part of The Glasgow Cabaret Festival. The Missy & Leyla Show was produced by Rhymes with Purple Productions and featured a line-up of performers that Missy & Leyla chose themselves.

Passing on her performance knowledge Missy now conducts burlesque workshops with her dance partner Leyla Rose throughout the UK.

Costuming[edit]

From an early age Missy was inspired by classic American pin-up artwork particularly WWII airplane nose art. She studied this imagery in her art work and costume designs. Classic American pin-up beauties remain to be a large influence on her style.[15]

Missy specialised in striptease and acrobalance costumes and corsetry design for her final year of her costume design degree. She makes or customizes/creates all her own performance costumes and has styled many photo shoots.[16]

Acting[edit]

At 15 years old Missy got her first professional acting job in a Scottish (H.E.B.S) Anti-Smoking television commercial (Club Smoking). Other commercial works include a Royal Bank of Scotland T.V Commercial and an Olympus magazine promotional advertisement,[17] she has also been interviewed on several European television programmes.[18]

Missy has appeared in several short and feature length films including

  • Bootprints by King Creosote (2005) Music Video [19]
  • And Yet I feel Innocent by Ruth Paxton (2006) Short Film
  • Big Men by Ruth Paxton (2007) Short Film
  • She wanted to be burnt by Ruth Paxton (2007) Short Film[20]
  • Diamonds by The Damned (2008) Music Video
  • New Town Killers by Richard Jobson (2008) Feature Film[21]
  • Paris/Sexy by Ruth Paxton (2009) Short Film.

Modelling[edit]

Missy has featured in Bizarre magazine,[22] Practical Photography,[23] Borne Magazine,[24] Alternative Magazine,[25] ScotsGay, Custom Car Magazine,[26] Kustom Magazine,[27] I-ON Edinburgh Magazine,[28] Shimmy Magazine, The List Magazine, Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics Magazine,[29] One[30] and Milkcow Magazine. She has also been on the cover of The List, Burlesque Magazine, Leither,[31] Fools in print[32] and Civvy Street.[33]

Newspaper features include: The Sun, Metro,[34] The Scotsman, The Herald, The Evening News,[35] The Evening Times,[36] and The Courier.

She has promoted and been the face of brands such as Buttress and Snatch,[37] Vivien of Holloway,[38] Toxico,[39] Clutterfly Jewellery,[40] What Katie Did,[41] Lily Lo Lo Mineral cosmetics, Vintage Lime,[42] Olympus cameras, Xbox game “Battlestations Midway[43] and "Battlestations Pacific". Missy is also signed up to Stolen Model Agency.[44]

Missy has also been painted by many artists including famed low-brow artist Vince Ray.[45]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (2005.12.20) Missy’s Official web page. missymalone.co.uk. Retrieved 2009.08.20
  2. ^ From Across the Pond it’s Missy Malone, Shimmy Magazine, Spring 2007, Issue 5
  3. ^ The Decadent Gent Missy Malone’s interview on Tassel Time tasseltime.net. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  4. ^ Missy Malone, Sweet Sexy Success, Dani Risebury, Burlesque, Issue 1, November 2008
  5. ^ This Life Andrew Burnet, Sunday Herald, People, 2007.04.22
  6. ^ Missy Malone, My I-on Edinburgh, October 2007
  7. ^ In my life: Missy Malone, Amanda Murphy, Edinburgh in Season, Autumn 07
  8. ^ Sexy Missy gets Scots’ feathers flying in Burlesque, The Sun, 2007.01.29, Page 23
  9. ^ (2009.02.03) Glasgow Cabaret Festival. glasgowcabaretfestival.com. Retrieved 2009.09.23
  10. ^ (2005.03.29) Candybox Burlesque. candyboxburlesque.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  11. ^ TG Productions Ltd (1998.03.11) Torture Garden. torturegarden.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  12. ^ Missy, the queen of burlesque, Herald & Post, 2007.07.19
  13. ^ (2000.03.14) The Damned. officialdamned.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  14. ^ (2004.11.16) BwTorrents bwtorrents.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  15. ^ The Decadent Gent Missy Malone’s interview on Tassel Time tasseltime.net. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  16. ^ This Life Andrew Burnet, Sunday Herald, People, 2007.04.22
  17. ^ (2007.05.02) Olympus SP500UZ burlesque18.co.uk. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  18. ^ Lo show piu’ buono che ci sia, All Music TV, 2008.03.20
  19. ^ King Creosote, Bootprints 2005-10-04 Retrieved 2007-07-09
  20. ^ She wanted To Be Burnt Movie Review 2007 Retrieved 2009.09.05
  21. ^ Independent Film Company Retrieved 2009.09.09
  22. ^ Bookies for Rookies, Bizarre Magazine, November 2008
  23. ^ Under Command, Photographer Julian Knight, Practical Photography, July 2008
  24. ^ Borne Magazine issue 4 Americano, Ruth Paxton and Jannica Honey, pages 12-38
  25. ^ Alternative Pin-ups, Alternative Magazine, issue number 9, October 2007
  26. ^ Doncaster Custom Car Show, Custom Car Magazine, December 2008
  27. ^ 1 Burlesque Festival, Connie Douglas, Kustom, April 2008
  28. ^ Missy Malone, My I-on Edinburgh, October 2007
  29. ^ Missy malone... Burlesque Performer, Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics, issue 12, February 2008
  30. ^ Burlesque is more, Paul F. Cocldium, One Magazine, May 2008
  31. ^ Leither 47, November 2008
  32. ^ Editor Lucy Keany, Fools in Print, Issue 2, July 2008
  33. ^ Stricken Pose, Civvy Street, June/July 2008
  34. ^ Deliciously decadent, Lawrence Winram, Metro, 2007.02.14
  35. ^ Dressed to impress at Vegas, Tom Maxwell, The evening News, 2007.07.13
  36. ^ Night Moves, Kenny Hodgart, Glasgow Evening Times, 2007.05.24
  37. ^ Buttress and Snatch buttressandsnatch.co.uk Retrieved 2009.09.09
  38. ^ Vivien of Holloway vivienofholloway.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  39. ^ Toxico Clothing toxico.co.uk. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  40. ^ Clutterfly Jewellery clutterflyjewellery.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  41. ^ What Katie Did lingerie whatkatiedid.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  42. ^ Vintage Lime vintagelime.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  43. ^ Jessica’s Pin-ups jessicaspinups.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  44. ^ Stolen Modelling Agency stolen-agency.com. Retrieved 2009.09.09
  45. ^ Contraband Candy covering the London Tattoo convention. contrabandcandy.com, Retrieved 2009.09.09

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