Markus Klinko: The Fabulous Dita

Addicted Art Gallery
7 min readAug 17, 2022

In a world of celebrities, it’s hard to stand out. But when you pair Dita, the Queen of Burlesque, with Markus Klinko, you get a dynamic duo that turns heads. Markus, who is known for his bold and daring approach to photography, and Dita, who is the perfect subject for his unique style, created magic. In what are undoubtedly some of the most iconic and memorable photoshoots of our time, Dita and Markus produced sensual and empowering images, capturing Dita’s true essence.

“It doesn’t get any better than Dita. She was stunning.” ~ Markus Klinko

Left: Dita, Glamour Evangelist, 2009; Right: Dita, Mirror Mirror, 2009

Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet; September 28, 1972) is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur, singer, actress and businesswoman.

Performing striptease since 1992, she is the biggest name in burlesque in the world since Gypsy Rose Lee and is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication, earning the moniker “Queen of Burlesque”.

In addition to her burlesque shows, Dita is a self-styled fashion icon and muse, topping best-dressed lists all over the world, and voted onto Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List twice.

Dita has been empowering women for years by showcasing ‘diversity in beauty’ in her shows. She has always advocated for body positivity and self-acceptance.

“I say, enhance what others might deem less than wow and make that your beauty mark.” ~ Dita Von Teese

Markus Klinko is an award-winning international fashion/celebrity photographer and director who has worked with many of today’s most iconic film, music, and fashion stars.

He is known for his unique style and ability to capture the essence of his subjects. Markus has photographed the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Iman. Just to name a few.

When asked about his photoshoots with Dita, Markus commented,

“I was thrilled to work with Dita, burlesque star and international pop icon, because of her cool, confident attitude and her innate taste and style. She was one of…



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