High-flying burlesque dancer Venus Starr wowed the crowd at the New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival yesterday.
The Australian-born Starr, who now lives in Wellington, showed impressive strength and athletic ability to flip, twist and turn herself 10 metres above the stage while just holding on to two flimsy pieces of fabric.
Starr said she had started out as a circus showgirl.
"I went to circus school years and years ago and I just fell in love with the crazy stuff," she said.
After five years of training and 10 years in the industry, Starr has travelled the world and has even displayed her talents in Hollywood.
"It's a fulltime job for me."
While Starr made her routine look easy, it did require great strength, she said.
"It's really bloody hard work actually.
"I have fallen once and given myself concussion but I've never broken any bones thankfully."
Starr said she did not have any special training regime to keep her toned physique.
"You just do your routines over and over again and that gives you your strength."
Starr said there was a downside to her lifestyle though - it did cut into party time.
"It really sucks being hung-over and doing that stuff."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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