Our final #wcw of #bhm2020 goes to the Satin Doll, Miss Toni Elling.
After being passed over for promotions due to the color of her skin, Toni entered the burlesque world at 32 and performed through the 60s and 70s.
Elling incorporated singing into her performances and was dubbed “America’s Foremost Sepia Singing Ecdysiast”. She was famous for her reserve and elegance, and prides herself on never having removed her panties throughout her meteoric career. Her friend Duke Ellington composed his song “Satin Doll” with her in mind:
Cigarette holder which wigs me
Over her shoulder, she digs me.
Out cattin’ that satin doll.
#starsandgarters #supportingwomen #satindoll #burlesquehalloffame #blackburlesque #blackhistory #pocburlesque - 12 hours ago