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BANGKOK - Looking immaculate in a low-cut black-and-white dress which accented her generous cleavage, flawless complexion and tiny waist, you would not guess that Dita Von Teese turned 40 two months ago.
The burlesque queen is best known for performing cabaret-style striptease acts characteristic of the 1940s.
While her appearance and mentality seem to have escaped the ravages of time, she is still a traditional girl at heart and wants a good man to love and come home to.
With little hesitation, Von Teese admitted that she is still looking for romance and will not hesitate to settle down again if she meets the right one.
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Speaking to The New Paper in Bangkok, she said: "I've been single for 11/2 years and at this stage in my life, I don't want a boyfriend until it's my life partner. I'd rather just keep my options open."
In between gentle tones, she twirled a glossy, raven-coloured strand around her finger.
Her crimson lips parted periodically to reveal sweet, sometimes coy, smiles, as she shared what kind of man would make her happy.
The Michigan-born performer said: "There're a lot of things... I like being with someone who's confident and good at what he does, no matter what it is... He doesn't have to be an entertainer, but just really talented and driven at his own thing.
"Someone who is confident on his own because I've dated men who didn't know what they were doing in life yet..."
Von Teese, who is the global ambassador for Cointreau, was in Bangkok on Friday for a one-night performance, which was part of the liqueur brand's mega party.
She made headlines years ago when she married rock musician Marilyn Manson, for they were as different as night and day. He was the king of gothic rock, while she is known to encapsulate old-school glamour and Hollywood charm.
In 2006, she filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences".
That relationship is now a closed chapter.
"It's been six years now (since the divorce), but we're friends. It's all like water under the bridge, everybody's healed," she said.
Arguably the biggest name in burlesque today, Von Teese showed that she knows where her roots lie when she declared that she does not mind being called a "stripper", despite being dubbed the "queen of burlesque".