MARILYN MANSON's photographs of girlfriend Dita Von Teese are featured in the December issue of Playboy magazine.In a 10-page pictorial in the magazine, fetish model Von Teese is photographed in a giant champagne glass, aboard a fairground merry-go-round and inside a gilded cage. Recently interviewed by Steppin' Out magazine, Dita made it clear that she is comfortable with being known as Marilyn Manson's girlfriend. "I don't think I mind that as much as I hope people know that I didn't just fall off the 1940s pin-up burlesque tree and decide I was going to pick up this new persona and run with it," Von Teese said. "I've been dressing this way and being how I am for 11 years. This is nothing new for me. It's not like I just decided to have black hair and white skin and get dressed just like Marilyn." When asked if it was true that it was Marilyn who picked her up as opposed to the other way around, Dita said: "(Laughs) That's true! That's another thing, I get accused a lot of using him for my benefit. But the truth is I got a lot of hate mail when I first started to date him. I actually had people who didn't want to be members of my web site any more because they felt he tarnished my pristine image or something. So it works both ways. It's a double-edged sword. There are things that I gained and things that I lost because of our relationship. But what it all comes down to is that I'm in love with Marilyn Manson, so there's no other choice in the matter. Plus, if I were looking to date someone to further my career, I don't think it would have been the person I'm in love with. I don't think I would have picked the anti-Christ! But there's always going to be people who say that because it makes them feel better about themselves."
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