This week we discuss Sukki Singapora who went from her 9 to 5 IT job to full-time burlesque performer and women’s rights activist. Sisters Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers and Candy Bowers co-creators of the burlesque and variety show Hot Brown Honey.
“Burlesque is about body confidence and female empowerment, there’s never full nudity. It’s a performance by women, for women.”
Sukki is a women’s rights activist, artist and activist. She was working in IT when she heard that a comedy theatre was opening near her in Chester, in the UK. She told them she was a professional burlesque dancer. She had 7 days to learn burlesque off YouTube.
“I was like Clark Kent. By day, I was an IT geek and by night, I was a sexy burlesque dancer; my spectacles came off and my geekiness vanished.”
Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
“We want everyone to feel empowered to make change once they’ve left the building. That’s our goal”
The Hot Brown Honey burlesque troupe are performing in order to decolonise creative spaces. They are a circus, hip-hop, burlesque, beat boxing, neo-soul cabaret.
“It started with our cast, but we’re always looking around to see who’s out there,” answers Beatz. “We looked at what made us laugh and went from there, so it’s from our point of view – and it’s not often seen in comedy. We’ve been working on it for a while. There isn’t a platform for black and brown women. So we made one, and people started coming out of the woodwork. There are so many hot brown honeys doing amazing things”