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"Strip Search NYC" Chooses Ambassador of Burlesque

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Friday night at The Slipper Room, judges at "Strip Search NYC" chose from 10 tough competitors to determine the "best peeler in the Big Apple" and select New York City's new "Ambassador of Burlesque," who will be representing NYC at the Toronto Burlesque Festival this summer.

Strip Search NYC featured a wide range of styles and approaches to burlesque among the 10 performers, from tongue-in-cheek to nude and lewd. In the end, burlesque veteran Bunny Love (pictured, top) got the votes and will be traveling to Toronto July 23-26 to perform in the Toronto Burlesque Festival (this year's theme: "tassels without borders").

Event organizer and host Dr. Lucky introduced Miss Love at the top of the show by saying, "In the tradition of New York burlesque, she's butt naked. Oh sorry, she told me she's actually wearing glitter."

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Ironically, no other pics of Bunny Love's performance were suitable for publication. (Hard to believe, huh?) But below, check out photos from the rest of the night, where Blog Stage was brave enough to get up close and personal with some of the city's top tassel-twirlers:

Jenny C'est Quoi, "the sexy non-sequiter of burlesque," is the walrus:

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Jezebel Express has "class, she's got sass, and she's got an ass!"

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Lefty Lucy does the robot:

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The audience at The Slipper Room:

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Lily Stitches takes the crowd's temperature and gets "Down With the Sickness":

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Miss Elixir reveals Jessica Rabbit's secrets:

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N masks herself behind peacock feathers, and Philly Caramel is the sweetest and stickiest Aunt Jemima we've ever seen:

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As the newly-crowned 2009 Ambassador of Burlesque, Bunny Love won a prime performance spot at the Toronto Burlesque Festival, free admission to all events, a private “tittorial” from faculty of the New York School of Burlesque, and more. Runners-up Philly Caramel and Lefty Lucy each got to pick a "booby prize" from Dr. Lucky's bag of tricks.

The contest was sponsored by Dr. Lucky and the New York School of Burlesque, among others.

All photos by W.XU. For more, visit www.bigasslens.com.

-- Daniel Lehman

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