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Bettina May is a New York-based pin-up model and burlesque performer. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever green card from the USA based on her outstanding ability in her field. She started her career in 2003, and since then has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin Rome and more, as well as touring nationally for the past 6 years. She has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, NBC News, CBS's The Couch and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Kanye West, Jude Law, and more. She is also an in-demand performer for corporate clients like Patron, Dos Equis, Harley Davidson and MTV.


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Bettina May has been a pin-up model and burlesque performer since 2003, starting her career as a model for She was featured on an HBO special on the rebirth of Modern Pin-up shortly thereafter, which introduced her to an international audience. Since then she has performed internationally on stages in Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and more, as well as touring nationally constantly for the past 6 years. In the autumn of 2012 she was awarded the first ever green card from the USA based on her outstanding ability in burlesque and pin-up modeling.

Her stunningly authentic classic burlesque performance has been featured on The Real Housewives of NYC, and she has also performed for Brooke Shields, Bob Saget, Kanye West, Jude Law, and she was in the "Shake Your Blood" Probot music video featuring Dave Grohl and Lemmy Kilmister. She is also an in-demand performer for corporate clients like Patron, Dos Equis, Harley Davidson and MTV.

She frequently appears as an expert of vintage style in The New York Times Style Section, is a model for Secrets In Lace Lingerie, and has been profiled in the New York Post, UK Daily Mail, NY Daily News, Toronto Star, Italian Elle, and Portuguese Vogue. She currently performs and models full-time in NYC.

Bettina has received a number of awards for her innovative yet classic dance style, earning the title "Most Energetic Dancer (Female)" in the 2003 local Monday Magazine arts awards show and in 2006 she was again recognized by Monday Magazine readers, being awarded "Favourite Dancer." Most recently Victoria's Times-Colonist daily paper named her "Most Fashionable Woman" of 2008. She won a coveted Golden Pastie award for Miss Congeniality at the 2011 New York Burlesque Festival, for "the performer who is always a lady on and off stage", which made her mother very proud, and in 2012 she won another Golden Pastie for being a Classic Pin-Up.

She has performed at burlesque festivals in St. Louis, Toronto, Dallas, New Orleans, New York City and Vancouver, and has lent her talents to a wide variety of benefit shows, including the 2006 Miss Exotic World Show in Las Vegas, as well as benefits for New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina and has modeled for PETA's anti-fur campaign.

She is also a much sought-after pin-up photographer and vintage stylist, putting her love of vintage style to good use as a consultant for period films and running her successful pin-up makeover classes, which she styles and shoots herself. She has been teaching classes since 2006, bringing her unique body-positive full-day experience to Canada, the US and Europe. Her class has appeared nationally on NBC's First Look and has been profiled in the NY Times and Greenpoint Gazette.

Not content to limit her talents to the stage, she founded a male pin-up magazine called An Occasional Man, which she ran from April 2008 - July 2009, but her hectic touring schedule demanded that she put the print magazine aside, though it still exists online. She also ran a successful vintage-style glamour accessory company, Coquette Faux Furriers, outfitting the likes of Bernie Dexter, Dita Von Teese and Kitten DeVille.

Brooke Shields & Bettina

Lemmy and Bettina

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Recent Press   |   Past Press
"Bettina May knows sexy selfies." -
"The Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based beauty is a woman of many skills she's a burlesque bombshell, an accomplished pin-up photographer and in-demand model" - Asbury Park Press
Italian Elle Magazine published a photo of Bettina May at the afterparty for her show at Micca Club in Rome.
"Canadian Burlesque Ambassador, Bettina May" - Torontoist
"Always in demand." - Ponyboy Magazine
"Canadian burlesque dancer beat scientists and athletes to win U.S. green card." - Daily Mail
"A burlesque performer with the looks of Rita Hayworth and a ground-shaking shimmy." -
"Canada's hottest Burlesque Import" -
"One of New York's leading burlesque artists and pinup models" - Time Out NY
"Bettina May earns 'genius' green card for her unique burlesque, pin-up abilities" - NY Daily News
"As if all of these shockingly great musical acts weren’t enough, Brooklyn-based modern burlesque bombshell Bettina May will perform as screen siren Rita Hayworth." - Asbury Park Press
"May...earned her Green Card on the basis of her expertise in the field of burlesque dancing and pinup modeling. Not only is she one of the first models of her ilk to be granted such a status - roughly 2,500 people of "extraordinary ability" are given Green Cards each year - the U.S. government affixed her with an uber-cool official new moniker: Alien of Extraordinary Ability." - Times Colonist
"Girlie dancer shimmies way to green card." - Toronto Star
"Bettina May can shimmy like nobody else and she's convinced U.S. immigration authorities of it." - The Hamilton Spectator
"Body of work nets dancer a green card"
"Pin-up dances to sultry success" - Halifax Metro
"The world of burlesque has become even more noteworthy, thanks to iconic pin-up model Bettina May." - Monday Magazine
"We watched as from behind her make up mirror Ms. May demonstrated how to properly apply each product, an abridged course in Womanhood 101." - New York Times - East Village
"Ms. May next revealed her best secrets to those luxurious "bombshell" ringlets requisite to a pin-up...One by one, she unmasked the mystery behind iconic styles like the victory roll, Betty Grable bangs and the glam-girls hairnet, or snood." - Chicago Examiner
"In addition to instructing her students on how to preserve hairstyles, important as that is, [Bettina] May also teaches them life lessons that can, and do, extend beyond the pin-up classroom...that the most beautiful thing about a person is their self confidence." - Greenpoint Gazette

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Reel of my most-requested burlesque performances

Bettina May Burlesque Reel from Bettina May on Vimeo.

My appearance on CBS's morning show The Couch

Video of my classic burlesque act to Bei Mir Bis Du Schon by Janis Siegel

NBC's First Look feature on my Pin-Up Class at Beauty Bar

My Peach Ballerina act

Teaser for my Bombshell Basics DVD by World Dance New York!

I was featured in this video on Christina Aguilera's official website promoting her film Burlesque with Cher!

My Weekend in Canada performance, a tribute to my wintry homeland!

Live video of my 1930s-inspired Sailor Tap act!

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