Our incredibly inspiring #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week is the beautiful and fiery Pastel Supernova! Pastel is an award-winning Burlesque Entertainer, Choreographer and Showgirl based in Toronto. This multi-talented woman is also a published model and a film and television actor. Pastel’s eccentric choreographic style has been admired and praised by many, and she’s developed a distinct method of training that fuses her technical background and years of performance experience. Her choreographic flair has been described as mix of contemporary dance and Latin with a splash of her own erotic zest.

A classically trained ballet dancer and choreographer, Pastel has toured with some of the world’s top artists such as Nelly Furtado, and she’s had the privilege to dance all over the world on some of the biggest stages in Italy, Macau and in the United States. Upon her return to Toronto, she founded Love Letters Cabaret (@lovelettersto) in 2012, which is known as “Toronto’s most exciting, edgy and sexually charged dance theatre company”. Pastel was given the title “Best Stage Presence” at Italy’s Como Burlesque Festival and in 2015 and was recognized as the “Top Burlesque Performer” at the Alternative People’s Choice Awards. Not to mention, she was also acknowledged by FLARE Magazine as one of Canada’s most influential women. She even co-founded a clothing company called Hunty Swag (@huntyswag) and a Burlesque training program called Burlesque University (@burlesqueuni). What a boss! Additionally, she has toured extensively throughout the UK, teaching and choreographing at various art universities. Make sure to look out for Pastel in the new feature film entitled “Becoming Burlesque” which is about how the life of a girl is changed by a Toronto burlesque company.

There is no denying Pastel’s beaming positivity and love for her craft. This powerhouse has found true happiness by placing faith in her path and applying her strengths and gifts to provide something meaningful to the world. She has learned that life is about celebrating our uniqueness, and once we’re able to embrace ourselves entirely, we can find the answer to self-confidence, self-worth and self-awareness just as she has. We truly admire how Pastel is determined to empower all individuals regardless of sex, race or religion to become their best selves. Thank you Pastel for reminding us not to feel constricted by our femininity, but to find complete fulfillment in it!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What do you love most about burlesque? How has this art form shaped you into becoming the fearless and empowered woman you are today?

Burlesque is made up of many wonderful things I love storytelling, dance, glamour, comedy and seduction. Its history is rich, grimy and full of independent hard-working women willing to face scrutiny in order to live as they please but out of it all, my very favorite thing about this saucy art form is that it celebrates and promotes individuality and diversity.

Because burlesque is so bold it required me to truly celebrate my Self, without apology or excuse. It's not common enough in North America for people, especially women, to boast about themselves without reproach, but when one does the effects are amazing. The more you get into the practice of saying, "I'm dope af!" the more you will believe it and the more you radiate it, the more you'll attract equally empowered high vibrating humans into your life. That's what happened to me.

Who is your biggest female inspiration and why?

Without a doubt, God. I see her in others, in nature and within myself. She is everywhere and is continuously serving me the lessons that make me stronger every day.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far in life? What piece of advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?

I've learned to trust my instincts and if I could talk to past me I would simply tell her “you are enough”.

In your opinion, what do you think are the top three ingredients for success and why?

Everyone's path is completely different so there's no point in comparing. Enjoy the process as much as the wins and don't be a d*ck. Everything has its repercussions. Wasting time on what others are doing only slows you down. Celebrating the accomplishments will help motivate you when larger challenges show up and what goes around comes around so spread good vibes only.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A YGTGirl is a person with a strong vision to share. She might not be perfect, but she has what it takes to see her dreams through.