Born in Michigan, Heather Rene Sweet grew up captivated by the golden age of cinema, pin-up and vintage lingerie. As a child, Heather was unremarkable among her peers, another average girl with blond hair. Until the age of 15, she seriously studied ballet, at 13 she was already performing solo numbers and for a long time wanted to become a ballerina.
On Twitter, Dita von Teese admitted that on her paternal side is of Armenian origin. She stated this during her participation in the Eurovision-2009 contest, admiring the performance of the representatives of Armenia – Inga and Anush Arshakyan. Dita von Teese also willingly mentions her Armenian roots during various interviews, reporting that her grandmother was half Armenian.