Words by Marvin Maddix
FGUK/PAUSE: What is Voguing?
voguing is a form of acceptance of who you are by expressing and imitating poses in magazines.It was and still is a major way of expression for gay underground culture.
FGUK/PAUSE: What does Vogue Mean to you?
For me vogue means being “classy” a real sense of aesthetic. Almost like becoming a dream. ie… a Prince or a Princess
FGUK/PAUSE: How did you get into Voguing and why did you decide to study it?
It was in 2009 and I was a dancer trying to learn as much as I could to be the best. I saw a video of a guy doing a dip so I tried to master it but I realised that kind of technique required a better understanding of the whole dance style! so later on when training in La Coupole which was big underground place for street dancers to train them selves, I met my master Stephan mother of house of Mizrahi in Paris And Lasseindra mother of house of Ninja. they taught me everything I know about voguing and the culture.
FGUK/PAUSE: Why is Paris better than anywhere else when it comes to the ballroom?
Because of the war going on out here! The French spirit is naturally a shady one, and I guess you can say more than any other country. “So when it comes to the ballroom, people comes for snatch some trophies”.
FGUK/PAUSE: What are the different styles of Vogue?
*so you have old way which you have to use pops, spins, dips and striking poses .
*new way which uses arms control poses and clicks flexibility
*vogue fem which uses hand performance , catwalk, duckwalk, spin and Dips.
*realness is where you have to imitate or become someone with real conviction. ie. a Feminine Gay Man dressed really manly and twist it into vogue fem.
*runway is where you have to walk as a model using one of the two style genders which is European runway = feminine walk and American runway = masculine walk .
Then you have the most ancient ones that involve the LGBT community since the antiques !
*Sex siren – Really be sexy. show your body and don’t be shy
*Best dressed , where you have to be the best Dressed dependant on the theme of the ball.
*Bizarre- Use your imagination to create a suit , outfit or something wonderful never seen before. This is again dependant on the theme of the ball. ‘
Then there are new styles since the 80’s and 90’s like school boy realness , and executive realness
FGUK/PAUSE: Voguing stems from Black Gay Culture, how diverse is the Vogue scene now and does it dilute the origins behind the culture?
Well I don’t think so. In the 80’s being gay and black was tough and hard, but times have changed for better and the culture has evolved into something good. We can see people not from the LGBT community compete and dance but we support it by voguing our way into the future.
FGUK/PAUSE: When you Vogue, describe how you feel in one word?
FGUK/PAUSE: What’s a Death Drop?
It’s a strong part of the voguing image! you have to jump, sit on one of your knees and then laydown on the floor with arms on both sides. There is many ways to do it like no jump which is called a Dip and with one leg up which we call macarella.
FGUK/PAUSE: What is a ballroom? And why do Voguers’ only battle in ballrooms?
A ballroom is the centre of the Vogue community. You can find ball tournaments where people from the ballroom scene can participate by walking categories of vogue.
You can now see ballrooms opening across the world from Italy, London, New York and Amsterdam.
Fashion Glossary UK presents a film in collaboration with PAUSE Online. A look into the world of the ball room in Paris
Words thanks to Kevin Table.
Curated by Fashion Glossary UK & Pause Magazine
Produced by FGUK & PAUSE Online
Directed by Patrick Paëlla & Victor Pattyn
Edited by Isus Williams
Styled by Marvin Maddix and Danayit Kidane
Clothing with thanks to Etudes Studios & Andrea Crews
Casting by Tommaso Cassani
With Thanks to all Dancers Francis Zolanski , Karteer Aguero, Kayzzy-Kali , Kendall Malone, Kevin Table, Marvin Oliveira, Mathieu Mendy, Rashaad Haughton, Ritchy De La Vega, Willow Mizrahi
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