Sophia St. Villier, AKA ‘The Sultry Seductress of Striptease’, is a glamorous burlesque artist reminiscent of a Golden Age Hollywood Star. With a selection of opulent vintage burlesque acts and exquisite bespoke costumes, Sophia has performed for Will.i.am at Playboy Club London’s 1st Birthday alongside Professor Green, Sky Atlantic for the Boardwalk Empire launch, for House and Lost director Greg Yaitanes’ wedding in France and appeared in Franz Ferdinand’s music video Love Illumination. Sophia is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
If you would like to book Sophia for your special event, please get in touch.
“She had the mystique and captivation of a timeless diva; a humanised Jessica Rabbit, Lana Del Ray without the Testino-style lens separating us from the action… she oozed charisma that you just can’t teach”.
Emma Garwood, Outline Online
Take a peep at the best of Sophia’s acts here:
Sophia St. Villier Burlesque Artist Show Reel
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS SOPHIA
With an ornate gold and black beaded lace costume, Sophia seduces the audience with an elegant, raunchy striptease, closing with a shimmering Champagne pour.
“The evening’s star was undoubtedly Sophia St. Villier. This irresistible lady has already been panted over at length by Erotic Review’s very own Copstick, but I am going to add my own heavy breaths to the mix. St. Villier delicately shimmied and strutted her way around the room, soaking up the audience’s adoration. She teased her clothes off slowly, playing peekaboo with a ten-foot boa. She caused paroxysms of joy in the spectators she enlisted to assist her with the removal of a stocking. She was divine – her body and her act. I was only marginally more envious of the glitter poured over her body from a champagne bottle than of the lady chosen to help her remove her layers. St. Villier… had a presence that kept all eyes on her, yet still managed to make the individuals she coiled her boa around feel the like the centre of her (I suspect rather ribald) universe.”
Christine Fears, Erotic Review
LA VEDETTE ANATOMIQUE
Rita Hayworth – the ultimate femme fatale in the Film Noir classic Gilda – was known as ‘La Vedette Atomique’ or ‘The Atomic Starlet’. Utterly seductive, mischievous and wicked, Sophia pays homage to Rita Hayworth and Jessica Rabbit in this sizzling burlesque act.
“Sophia St. Villier is a consummate femme fatale, of the kind noir film went to great lengths to warn you about. Feather fans and boas may conceal her exuberant curves for a while, but it’s her languid elegance and malicious gaze that will get you. By the time the dangerous redhead is done with her heart-racing striptease routines, you’ll need some effort to blink again.”
Guilherme Zuhlke O’Conner, This is Cabaret
Sophia channels 1920s Paris and Hollywood jazz baby Clara Bow, for a smokin’ hot strip tease and a vampy fan dance – inspired by the smokey bar scene from the film about Anais Nin ‘Henry and June’. This act was chosen by Sky Atlantic for the Boardwalk Empire Session 2 Launch Party. Perfect for ‘The Great Gatsby’ themed parties.
“For not only does The Candlelight Club swing to the speakeasy’s own jazz band, but the seductive Sophia St. Villier also reveals a burlesque show that puts the ‘bitty’ in ‘Prohibition Era’ (it’s kinda in there – you just have to want to see it). Her jaw-dropping gyrations with fans of feather are as titillating as they are taboo-baiting in this 1920s setting.”
Ben McDermott, Beehive City
An enchanting and mischievous act, Sophia performs a fairy tale dance with her shimmery, gossamer wings to dreamy harp music. This is the ethereal act that Sophia performed at Hampton Court Palace.
““I am generally quite in favour of getting the shell off the peanut as quickly as possible. Cheap and shallow, I know. But I am. However, even I have been utterly converted to the sexual power of the veil and the drape by Sophia St. Villier – a woman with a body so completely beautiful it hardly seems real. Her buttocks are the stuff of the wettest of dreams and her breasts are alabaster perfection. Onstage, she is a butterfly. Voile wings and subtle drapes. I do not remember breathing once while she was onstage. I am getting a little lightheaded now.”
Kate Copstick, Erotic Review’
APHRODITE’S GUARDIAN – THE WHITE PEACOCK
This majestic and sumptuous act is inspired by the legend of the white peacocks that guard the temple of Aphrodite. Sophia wears a shimmering opalescent costume encrusted in thousands of Swarovski crystals and dances with twinkling 6 foot white peacock feather fans.
SHARP DRESSED WOMAN
A sexy twist on a classic, Sophia tips her top hat to Marlene Dietrich and the tradition of Weimar cabaret, teasing out of her top hat and tails to a swing version of ZZ Top’s ‘Sharp Dressed Man’.
A humorous and fetishistic act, ‘Tally Ho!’ sees Sophia horsing around in a latex equestrian jacket and flared breeches. Sophia peels out of her riding clothes, down to a harness and knee-high boots and indulges in some pony play. Have carrots and sugar cubes handy, this chestnut pony loves titbits!
THE SWINGING 1760s
Inspired by Fragonard’s 1767 painting ‘The Swing’, Sophia stripteases out of her magnificent pink and red Rococo costume for her ardent admirer and concludes the act on her charming 18th century style swing hung with pink and red roses – expressing the delicacy, comedy and joie de vivre of the period! Set a mix of Bach, Michael Nyman and Little Richard.
A vision in red sequins and exotic coque feathers, Sophia plays tribute to voluptuous redhead burlesque artist Blaze Starr who rose to fame in the 1950s with her erotic bump n’ grind burlesque performances and was known as ‘Miss Spontaneous Combustion’.
A dark, spooky striptease, inspired by Lilith, a succubus demon who seduces men in their dreams, Sophia is swathed in enchanting layers black lace, culminating in a ‘blood’ pour. Performed to ‘A Song for the Deaf’ Queens of the Stone Age. Perfect for Halloween.
Playful and original – dressed in a glamorous outfit fashioned from paper, Sophia gradually tears her dress off to ‘Paper Doll’ performed by Frank Sinatra.
NIGHT & DAY
Dedicated to lovers everywhere, Sophia performs a dreamy and elegant classic fan dance to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of the jazz standard ‘Night and Day’ with one black ostrich fan and one white ostrich fan and a split black and white costume. A charming twist on the standard burlesque fan dance.