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It's noon on a weekday, and Chrys Columbine is posing for a photo in the middle of the road in Hamra.To be fair, for an international burlesque superstar, being gawked at comes with the job.After having its heyday in the 19th and early 20th century, burlesque – which was originally all about bawdy parodies and jokes – fell out of fashion. Plus the showgirl look of course, with lots of Swarovski [crystals]".Despite having ditched the emerald burlesque ensemble for lunch, she still looks the part. In Britain, where Columbine comes from, burlesque is increasingly mainstream.If Metro's regularly sold-out Egyptian cabaret show "Hishik Bishik" is anything to go by, she is bound to have enormous success with it.Although she is unlikely to face such restrictions in Beirut, the other countries that Columbine would like to tour to – Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Jordan and Oman – may well have similar feelings on the nudity aspect of her show. Given that the striptease is a huge part of burlesque, does she find this restricting?
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