Isabelle Deltore started stripping seven years ago after being fed up being discriminated against as a young female prison guard. Since then, she has performed all over the world, appeared in and on the covers of multiple men’s magazines, and most recently, was the first Australian in 54 years to win the prestigious Miss Nude World competition… twice. She’s also one of the interesting and most down to Earth babes you’ll ever meet.
Hey Isabelle! It’s impressive to say that you’ve won Miss Nude World… but you have the glory of saying you won it twice. Congratulations! How does it feel to be the first person in 54 years to have won the title twice?
Thank you! I have mixed feelings about winning. I didn’t think I had a chance of winning, so when they actually called my name out and the reality dawned on me both that I had won and that my competition career had come to an end, it was a bittersweet moment. I’m the only Australian who’s ever won it twice… I’m greedy!
These days you are an award-winning internationally renowned showgirl. How did you get your start in dancing?
You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. I started at Spearmint Rhino in Melbourne. I had left my job of five years as a prison officer. I was sick of the sexual innuendo and the way I was also discriminated against as a young female officer in the prison system. So, I decided to take control of my sexuality and empower myself. I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Drake at Spearmint Rhino, she was filming for a video during her appearance there. I declined to be in the video as I was still a ‘secret stripper’. She actually complicated me on the way I looked and said I would do well in the US. Little does she know, but Jessica Drake opened Pandora’s Box. Over the next few months, I met and shot with some of Australia’s best photographers. It turns out that my first cover of a men’s magazine was quite the fuss in one of the medium security prisons. My secret was out and there was no going back from that.
Your acts generally feature epic costumes and props. Who makes your props?
My Dad has built all of my props with the exception of the horse, but even then, Dad created the disc the horse spins on and wired all the electronics inside it. Dad also built the aerial cube that I used in the Miss Nude World finals.
“When all my friends in high school were playing netball, I was shooting Air Rifles and 22’s”
Does he have a background in building or prop making?
No! He was an IT lecturer ata a University and taught in Beijing. He just likes to help out. My Dad and I never had a strong bond when I was an adolescent, so we’re making up for it in my adult years. He came to support me at the finals and my Mum was at my first Miss Nude World win in America in 2014. It’s a family affair clearly!
What’s your process when it comes to putting a show together?
These two particular shows were very planned and calculated. They were designed to be performed in a specific order. The first show was high impact, featured aerial moves and finished with glow sand at the end. I wanted it to be a really punchy, dynamic show. With the competition, you have to show diversity, so your second show is supposed to be the polar opposite of your first. For my second show, I did more of a burlesque style show. It was more theatrical, slow and sensual. Both shows were heavily choreographed. This was actually the first time I’ve ever choreographed shows. While I was developing the shows, I actually worked with four different choreographers. One show took up three choreographers because three weeks out from the competition I decided I hated one of the acts and I ended up changing the music and the whole show.
Clearly, a lot of time went into prepping for the Miss Nude World finals. What toll did it take on the rest of your work and life?
Put it this way – I was training five days a week, from one to five hours a day. I did this solidly for three months. It completely consumed my life, as my partner will tell you. It got in the way of my home life, my personal life and work. It ate up so much of my time. It was insane.
How did you feel before you got up to perform at the finals?
I developed a game plan about three or four months before the finals. I was of the advantage that this time the competition was in my home city and my home club. I suffer from anxiety so I made sure I was getting anywhere from 7-8 hours sleep and that I was eating right. During the heats, I performed at 80% of my capacity so I didn’t tire myself out, so that I could make sure I was locked and loaded for the finals. It was honestly the most focussed I’ve ever been. For the sake of 15 minutes on stage, twice that night, I brought my best A game for half an hour of my life!
What do you enjoy about dancing and performing?
I love the energy of a full house and an energetic crowd. I can’t see anyone when I’m on stage as the lights are usually too bright. But you can hear and feel the energy of a great crowd. I can hear them sing along to my songs, which is amazing. However, on the other end, performing to almost no one sucks. It’s the hardest thing to perform to a crowd of three people. I’ve done that before.
Your performances are always so energetic. Are you a naturally energetic person?
I am. They call me ‘Firecracker’ in the US. There have been a few times when I’ve come off stage after a hectic performance and have felt ill or have been shaking. I blow that much energy on stage that I almost feel like I go into a kind of shock. But off the stage I’m super bubbly and am always happy to meet everyone I can. They even appointed me my own security when I featured at the Exotic Dancer Expo in New Orleans. They knew how much I talked to anyone and everyone. They were worried I’d be too friendly and would get in trouble.
Have you always been comfortable with your body and being an exhibitionist?
Not at all. I still struggle with body image. I was teased and bullied as a kid – it’s a tale I hear too often. I had very low self-esteem. It wasn’t until I started dancing that I started to learn to like my body, and that being naked wasn’t dirty. It’s the best thing I ever did. I still doubt myself from time to time though, just in a different way. I’m now comfortable with my body, but every day I am faced with decisions of how much of my body I am comfortable sharing with the world. It’s a tough decision to make. Where do I draw the line? Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back.
I saw on Instagram that you own a heavy duty bow and arrow. What’s that about?
I have a compound bow, yes. My parents shot at a Commonwealth level with a 22 and an Air Rifle. My dad is a gunsmith and was a high-level shooting coach. Firearms and bows were very normal in my childhood. When all my friends in high school were playing netball, I was shooting Air Rifles and 22’s.
You refer to yourself as a nerd in your Twitter bio. What makes you nerdy?
I have a confession… I’m a huge Star Trek fan. Anything Sci-Fi is my thing. It’s a theme that comes through in my stage shows. I’m that person waiting with baited breath for the new season of the next DC or Marvel series that’s due. When I performed with my Master Chief costume, I actually got a bit of flak for it. Apparently, gender-bending cosplay rubs a few people up the wrong way. Oh well! It makes me happy!
Is there anywhere you’ve not performed yet that you’d like to?
Yes – I would love to perform at AVN. I think that would be my final thing to tick off my bucket list and mic drop – I’m done! I’m actually going over next year as a normal consumer to just have a look but I would love to perform there.
What are your plans post competition?
I’m trying to settle back into a normal life at the moment. I did grocery shopping for the first time in six weeks and I was pretty excited by that! I know that’s probably not that exciting for anyone but me! I’m also looking forward to spending some more time with my menagerie of animals.
What animals do you have?
I’ve got a Clydesdale quarter horse called Coco. She’s currently off at a stud in Canberra. Hopefully, I can get a nice large 17 hand horse out of her. I’ve also got a flat-faced cat, a Doberman who weighs more than me and a ferret. My connection with my horse actually saved my life.
Yeah. I had something horrible happen to me a few years ago in my personal life and it almost destroyed me. I was in a really bad place as a result. I decided I could give up or find a reason to go on, so I started looking for a horse so I could kickstart my emotions again as I was incredibly detached as a result of this experience. When I got her, she had been treated heavily handed, so it took a lot of effort to earn her trust. Eventually she relied on me. I was broken. She was broken. This beautiful creature relied solely on me for affection. The relationship changed my life for the better.
“The first time I saw a Penthouse magazine, I thought to myself, “I want to be that girl”
What do you think is missing from the Australian adult industry?
I think Australia is really lacking reform for online adult content. There’s a lack of updated laws and updated policies. What you’re actually allowed to do in the online space when it comes to adult content is so ambiguous. Australia is very behind. The policies need to be overhauled. There should be a licence you have to acquire to be able to register to produce content. Escorts in Melbourne have to be registered. Why should it be any different? It’s happening – people are filming porn already. It’s time to legitimise it.
Tell us about your first encounter with a Penthouse magazine?
The first time I saw a Penthouse magazine, I thought to myself, “I want to be that girl”. It was 2012 and the cover girl of that issue was Nikita Sage. I ended up meeting her and she took a shine to me and took me under her wing. We did doubles shows together, became great friends and it was through Nikita that I was able to create my own relationship with Penthouse magazine. Since then, I’ve appeared in Penthouse and in January of this year I made the cover of Penthouse Black Label.
Tell us about your website
Check out my website – isabelledeltore.com. I’m slowly adding more and more content. Prepping for Miss Nude World put me on hiatus for three months but now that that’s done, I’m back on the webcam regularly. I’ll be releasing a few new scenes over Christmas and in January, I’m spending a week solidly shooting for my site. My site is in the middle of an overhaul. I think next year will be a really big year for the website.
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