Heather was the middle of the three daughters of the Sweet family. Parents – Bonnie and Ken Sweet, driver and manicurist. Elder sister Sarah was always active and sometimes too noisy, but this earned her father’s favor – in her Suite Sr. saw a highlight, and Heather considered it too simple. The future von Teese was her mother’s daughter – she, like no one else, noticed and understood her mother’s passion for beautiful clothes and cosmetics. But the family of the driver and manicurist could not boast of a good financial situation.
As a child, Bonnie managed to find the perfect game for her daughter: while she was engaged in housekeeping, Heather went to the room and tried on her grandmother’s dresses, hats and handbags, which were stored in a huge suitcase under the parental bed. Heather inherited from her mother one simple truth that she still holds: be a woman, enjoy your femininity and shine as much as possible. Heather embodied Bonnie’s unrealized desire for gloss and chic, embodied in herself, becoming the world famous burlesque queen Dita von Teese.