Burlesque performer Alesha Hunt, 32, is also known by her show name. Cherry Boomb loves to entertain.
Cherry Boomb describes herself in different ways, and “boring” or “ordinary” definitely has no place in that description.
1-year-old son Logan Arthur Hay and burlesque dancer Aresha Hunt, also known as Cherry, self-proclaimed “Diva Mama”
Boom likes to elicit reactions from people through her art.
“Logan will see me changing from a very boring, daily clean mother without makeup to a diva’s mother.
“I don’t like being bored. I have a great partner who is very cool and I’m the best one year old. I still have time in my life.”
Hunt became a hot topic when he appeared in the 2020 Art Deco Festival’s vintage car parade in a flashy outfit that was body-painted as the “Spirit of Napier.”
“I made Art Deco Week worthy of Instagram.”
Two years after the age of 35, I did it again. Except this time, she did it around Marine Pde with her criminal partner.
On Sunday afternoon, and during Art Deco week, Hunt had his friend Rachel Thomas (aka Billy Jean) make a splash.
“I wanted to have myself attend the Art Deco weekend, but my goal is to be painted. I don’t like Art Deco dresses,” she said.
“So I rope my friend Billy Jean and cast some magic when working with him.”
The two were body-painted by Cherie Meerlo’s work and decided to show it off around Marine Pde.
“Because we were two, the painting itself took less than three hours. There weren’t many people around.” … And the people who found the duo took a double take.
“It’s an art. Any reaction is a good reaction.”
Hunt started body painting in his early twenties, and his first body painting was with his mother.
“My mom turned 50 and decided to body paint the upper half with butterflies. I did body paint as Poison Ivy.
“It started with my mother and daughter, then I diverged and started including body paint in my burlesque performance.”
Hunt, Miss Burlesque New Zealand 2015, said Burlesque body paint worked for her because she couldn’t figure out what costume she wanted to wear.
“Burlesque costumes are really expensive, so it makes financial sense. I was saving hundreds of dollars.
“And I could make any outfit I imagined, bring it back to life.”
Hunt, a regular performer on Napier’s Paisley stage, will be hosting a female burlesque show at the venue in March.
“If Covid doesn’t ruin it, I’ll play on the Paisley stage. Sadly, it doesn’t include body paint, because it has a lot of outfits, quick dressing, and a lot of routines.
“Tickets are limited to 50, giving people a chance to learn about the cherry boom both inside and outside.”
Hunt’s stage name for Cherry Boom was “wrong because she couldn’t spell,” she said.
“I went to see the movie’Runaways’, but I drank. When I got home, I immediately changed my Facebook name to’Cherry Boom’without noticing the spelling mistake. “
The name sticks and the rest is history, as they say.
For those who really want to catch the cherry boom, if Covid doesn’t interfere with the plan, she will play on the Paisley stage on March 25th.