September Slut of the Month: Valerie Stunning

Award-winning burlesque dancer, stripper, Las Vegas nightlife envoy, and bodacious broad Valerie Stunning is our September Slut of the Month. She first graced our screens as a writer with an elegy about her former place of employ, and after encountering her effervescent glamour IRL while playing a Showgirls drinking game she devised with “Happy Sluts” cohort Jacq The Stripper, we knew we had to showcase her in feature form.

Read on for Stunning reveals about how not to be an asshole in Sin City, who Valerie’s slut icons are, and what her private Baller/Ballerina lessons entail.

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Las Vegas has a reputation as an anything goes locale, particularly when it comes to sexual expression. Is it actually more sex positive and free than other places you’ve lived and worked in, or is that more myth than reality?

Yes it can be. Though it’s seemingly sex positive and free vibes, it isn’t coming from a place of empowerment, it comes from a place of business. Vegas will embrace anything so long as it turns a hefty profit. Then again, there are definitely times I’m reminded of the judgments against brazen slut-hood when I travel — particularly with my style. It’s easy to forget how flashy I look when living in the city of excess because it’s so commonplace here.

What are three things to keep in mind to party in Sin City without being a total cliche and/or asshole?

1. Money talks. This is not a baller on a budget vacation destination. When done right, it’s always best to stay 1-2 nights, versus penny pinching over a week, regardless of how you like to party.

2. Hire a host. ME!

I’m passionate about the sin side of this city, and most of what that entails isn’t public knowledge and exists off The Strip. Even within the classic Vegas program i.e. the clubs, the pools, the strip joints, there’s a hierarchy and a code of conduct to adhere to that can easily distinguish you from the amateurs, regardless of how debaucherous you get.

I’m now curating private Baller Lessons where I guide you on everything from the sexiest roof top lounges to mingle to the shittiest dive bars to rage. Remember, Baller isn’t a state of refinement — it’s an attitude. A way to conduct oneself while navigating the spectrum of Vegas’ salacious nooks and crannies from swank to smut. Come hang with me and I’ll show you how to go big and go home with no regrets!

3. STOP TRYING TO IMITATE THE HANGOVER. Vegas is not lawless. Yes, there are loophole perks that come along with generosity, and having professional guidance show you the way. However, if your idea of a wild night out is shirt cocking through the casino floor, pissing in the Bellagio fountains, and getting shipped out of XS in a wheelchair because you passed out in your own vomit on the floor, you WILL end up in the ER and/or jail. Expect a hefty hospital bill in the mail once you get home.

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Who are your slut icons?

My childhood friend Camille’s mother. I don’t remember her name, but I must shout her out. I was 6 when Camille and I lived down the block from one another. She was cool and all, but her mom was secretly the reason I always wanted to hang. Her mom was this confident Latina “Mamacita” type, who celebrated her curves in tight flashy clothes, always had a flawless blowout, and seemed to have a different date every night of the week. Naturally all the neighborhood’s mothers resented her, but I knew she was a queen, and I was in awe of her shininess.

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Mae West, the OG broad of Hollywood. She was bawdy as hell and sexually secure at a time when women had only just gained the right to vote. Her slutty one liners and take-no-shit attitude all while draped in rhinestones and fur were always super inspiring for me.

You’re both a burlesque dancer and a stripper, how do those performance practices inform one another?

I can’t stress enough how important it is for any fan and professional to respect, validate, and celebrate both. Contemporary strip club stripping was born out of burlesque and now influences many modern day burlesque performers. It’s to a point where they are incredibly intertwined. You can easily see burlesque influence at strip clubs in feature shows with costuming and production value, and strip club influence in burlesque shows with twerking and tipping. It’s beautiful.

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Who are The Happy Sluts, and what are your current plans for world domination?

The Happy Sluts is a rally of like-minded feminist sluts where Jacq The Stripper and I co-produce events to promote inclusivity and off-duty hangs between all who identify as such. We feel there’s so much to be gained from embracing our slutty community, and we’d like to invite all who support the cause to come and sit with us!

What’s in your purse right now?

A crystal gifted to me from a customer, 4 different shades of pink lip gloss, bubble gum, & a perfume that makes me smell like the ultimate mysterious slut.

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I am: Empowered. Raunchy. Glam.

By Day: Lounging poolside

By Night: Purveying fantasies.

My Vices: Cheetos

My Virtues: Why be a lady, when you can be a broad?

The Present: Repping the Sin in Sin City

The Future: Showing you how, with my private Baller Tours!

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Favorite Flavor: Silver tequila on the rocks w/ 3 limes

Favorite Feeling: An exhilarated audience

Favorite Fabric: Stretchy, slinky, or shiny.

Substance is: Finding out who you are and doing it on purpose — Dolly (Parton) said that.

Style is: Personal

Slut is: Unabashed

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Photo Credits: Peter Karate; Christian De Oliveira; Peter Karate; Valerie Stunning; 3 Fates Media; John Leonard; Jacq The Stripper

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