Princess Chimai ... "by Reutlinger."
Vintage Burlesque Performer, Dancer and Model: Princess Chimai. aka: 'Clara, Princess of Chimay'. She lucked out and married a real prince, which gave her the title Princess rather than 'a wealthy socialite'. They had two children together and later divorced. To earn a living with her new husband, as well as shocking people, she would wear a body stocking and parade on stage, pretty daring for the time. With this act she would call it her art-form ... 'Poses Plastiques' in which she used this body stocking to appear plastic and somewhat revealing back in the day!. Her other costumes were even skimpier.
B/W Photo 1: Miss Chimai is wearing a very tight fitting, sheer, light colored body suit, possibly white. Her arms are outstretched holding a satin cape. Light colored hair.
- Birth Name: Clara Ward
- Birth Date: 6/17/1873-12/9/1916
- Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
- Married: 1) Joseph de Riquet, Prince de Caraman-Chimay 2) Rigó Jancsi 3) Peppino Ricciard
4) Signore Cassalotao