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Filomena Kaguako: Burlesque reminded me that I am sexy, and my own worst enemy


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by Filomena Kaguako
12th Feb 2021

Read time: 5 mins

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After being in a room full of strong women drawing upon the audacious confidence of burlesque, Filomena Kaguako found her confidence

Modern incarnations of burlesque are famed for their strip tease performances, fishnet tights, feather boas and sexual expression. So it would come as no surprise that I had a few reservations about the possibility of attending a burlesque class when I had willingly allowed two (incredibly worn) oversized grey hoodies to become my default fashion staple during lockdown. It was very clear from my fashion choices that I didn’t feel sexy. In fact, I hadn’t...

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