She began performing burlesque in 1993, and typically incorporates a large martini glass as the signature feature in her shows. Fascinated by 1940s Hollywood cinema, Von Teese is noted for her glamourous appearance and classic retro style, largely inspired by Betty Grable, and pin-up model Bettie Page.
She has appeared on the covers of fetish magazines and has been featured in Playboy, as well as mainstream fashion magazines. She also has done catwalk modelling and appeared in numerous music videos, including the video for the Green Day song Redundant.
From 2005 to 2007, she was married to rock star Marilyn Manson.