Sukki Singapora

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Sukki Singapora
Sukki Singapora Singapore Social Netflix.jpg
Sukki Singapora; October 3, 2019
Born
Sukki Menon[1]

20 October 1989[2][3]
NationalityBritish
OccupationBurlesque performer, Activist
Years active2011 – present
Websitesukkisingapora.com

Sukki Singapora (born Sukki Menon,[4] in Singapore) is a burlesque performer and activist.[4][5] She is best known for being the first international burlesque performer from Singapore.[5][6] For her outspoken political views on freedom of expression for women in socially restrictive countries she was recognized with an "Asian Women of Achievement Award".[7][8] Her television debut came in 2019 with the first docu series with an all Asian cast launching globally via Netflix, Singapore Social.[9]

Her career choice as a Burlesque performer, despite her stringent cultural background, has gained her a large international fanbase,[10] leading to her founding The Singapore Burlesque Society in 2012: to protect Asian women (and men) wanting to pursue a career in burlesque[11][12]

Early life[edit]

Singapora was born to a Singaporean Indian father with roots in Kerala, and an English mother, both doctors, and has two sisters. While young, her father moved the family to Cornwall, although she spent her childhood in a small Indian Singaporean community around the Goodman Road area in Singapore[13] and was brought up with traditional Asian values.[1] [4] As a child, she trained in classical ballet.[10] She became a British citizen at 18 and attended the University of Nottingham. After graduation, she worked in the IT Industry.[4]

Career[edit]

In February 2011, she auditioned for a part in a cabaret theatre near Manchester and was hired as one of the dancers. She was slowly given more solos and was offered other gigs; “I was fortunate enough to be offered enough shows that I no longer needed a day job.”[4]

Singapora's burlesque performances are noted for being lavish with elaborate costumes and a Bollywood-influenced style.[14] Her emphasis is on sensuality and fusing Western and Eastern styles with a particular nod to classic Hollywood glamour and inspiration from Barbara Yung, a 1950s American-Chinese performer.[8]

She gained global recognition appearing in Esquire Magazine as "Women We Love",[1] FHM India [15] and the front cover of international burlesque magazine Burlesque Bible[16] and in 2013 her performances were praised for their daring attitude.

In 2019 she made her television debut with Netflix docu-series, Singapore Social.[17]

Although she is successful in her field, she is also a passionate activist who campaigns for women's rights.

Burlesque as activism[edit]

Singapora became the first burlesque performer in the world to be invited for tea at Buckingham Palace for recognition of her contribution to the Arts as an Asian role model.[18] She has noted that there is a taboo and disapproval surrounding burlesque within the Asian community and has worked to change the stereotypes and misconceptions about Burlesque and to encourage others to try the performance style. About her activism for Asian women, she stated; "This is not just an opportunity to prove that Burlesque can make a difference, it is a responsibility.”[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Prodigal. esquiresingapore.com, (2013)
  2. ^ Sukki Singapora|LinkedIn. linkedin.com
  3. ^ Interview: Sukki Singapora. timeout.com(24August2015).
  4. ^ a b c d e Staff writer (April 23, 2013). "Burlesque babe: IT support by day, burlesque dancer by night". The Straights Times - Entertainment. The Straights Times. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b Morrison, Sarah (March 23, 2014). "Role models: Asian Women of Achievement". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  6. ^ The Asian Burlesque Spectacular w/ Sukki Singapora. lepoissonrouge.com, (2013)
  7. ^ "Role models: Asian Women of Achievement".
  8. ^ a b Nazir, Asjad. "Sukki Singapora: The art of burlesque". Sri Lanka Weekly. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  9. ^ Acute, TV. "First Look: Watch the Trailer for Netflix's Singapore Social". www.tvacute.com. TV Acute. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b Diva Magazine, "A breed Apart", EUROPE (printed) December 2012, DivaMag.co.uk. (2012), Accessed: 2014
  11. ^ My Paper Newspaper, "Bring on the Burlesque", SINGAPORE (printed) (2011)
  12. ^ LoveIt Magazine, "Real Life Stories", UK (printed) (2013)
  13. ^ Singapore, Time Out. "Sexy burlesque artist Sukki Singapora talks about her art". www.timeoutsingapore.com. Gwen Pew. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  14. ^ The Burlesque Company "Sukki Singapora. burlesquecompany.co.uk, accessed 2012
  15. ^ FHM, India. "FHM Girlfriend Sukki". FHM India. FHM India. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  16. ^ a b SUKKI SINGAPORA…. burlesquebiblemag.com, (2014)
  17. ^ Singapore Social, Netflix. "Singapore Social Season 1". www.netflix.com. Netflix. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  18. ^ Chester burlesque star Sukki Singapora has been invited for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace. chesterchronicle.co.uk, (2013)

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