Zahra Stardust

Zahra Stardust is a Penthouse Pet, Hustler Honey and award-winning striptease artist. Beginning her career as a podium dancer at the old Dancers Cabaret in Kings Cross circa 2004, she went on to tour Australia as a feature showgirl.

She modelled at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria, was an art muse at Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Tokyo, taught pole dancing workshops in Stockholm, performed in drag at the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival,  judged Miss Pole Dance Bavaria in Germany, undressed on trapeze at Auckland Erotica Expo, danced at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and was an MC at Brisbane Sexpo

For six years Zahra was a pole instructor at Suzie Q Pole Studio and Madonna’s gym Hard Candy,winning the Open Pairs division of the Australian Pole Dance Championship in 2009 with Stacey Minx. 

In her early days of striptease competitions she won Miss Nude Dancers Cabaret 2010, Miss Nude Pure Platinum 2011, Miss Centrefold Oceania 2011 and was Miss Nude Australia’s Pole Dance Champion in 2012.

During this time, she interviewed many of her colleagues for her Master of Arts thesis on erotic labour, which she published in the book Queer Sex Work in 2015.

Now Zahra performs shows that employ a mix of neo burlesque, acro-strip and aerial artistry while she is writing her PhD on feminist pornography.

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Photo by Roberto Duran