Voguing erupted into the mainstream in 1990 when Madonna’s song Vogue became number one in over 30 countries. The year before Malcolm McClaren first brought voguing into the mainstream with his song Deep in Vogue featuring dancer Willi Ninja. In 1990 Jennie Livingstone’s film Paris is Burning, documented the house ballroom scene in it’s ascendant, the film a runaway success grossing over $4,000,000.

Photographer Chantal Regnault lived in New York between 1989-92, photographing the scene at its height – the dancers Willi Ninja, Jose and Luis Xtravaganza (who all worked with Madonna) – as well as the legendary ‘mothers’ of the gay and transgender world – Avis Pendavis, Peppa LaBeija, Carmen Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, Paris Dupree and more.

Source: Souljazz Records.


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