An Elvis impersonator actually has a technical name. They are called Elvis Tribute Artists, or ETA for short. For years this was a male dominated industry but recently, many women are putting their unique flavor on the King’s sound and style and having successful careers as female Elvis ETAs.
They don women’s Elvis Costumes, while singing his songs and doing his classic hip shaking moves. Although they don’t sound or look quite the same they are still unmistakably ETAs. It idea with female Elvis impersonators is to honor, rather than imitate him.
There are Elvis festivals all over the country where people of all races, colors and genders celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley while dressed in Elvis costumes so it is rather easy to find an Elvis costume whether you are a man, woman or child; standard or plus sizes. The love of Elvis does not discriminate. However, the acceptance of female Elvis Impersonators was not easy. Fifteen years ago, a female Elvis impersonator was banned from the International Elvis Presley Conference held at the University of Mississippi. We’ve come a long way, baby. Today, a talents performer can make a good living booking live acts at clubs or doing corporate gigs and private parties.
Here is one of the most famous lady Elvis Tribute Artists in action including an interview, performance and a close-up look at her exact replica blue suede suit costume.
As a woman, I’m all about the philosophy that a woman can do anything a man can do. If Elvis could see these female performers, what would he think? I bet he would love it. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and if you can put your talent to use by paying tribute to someone you admire what better way to do it than putting on an Elvis costume and singing your heart out.