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PHOTOS: NYC Voguers Strike A High-Fashion Pose For “Paper” Magazine

Members of New York’s Kiki and Mainstream house ball scenes get a high-fashion makeover by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and stylist Timothy Reukof for Paper magazine’s October nightlife issue. In the immortal shouts of Paris Dupree, whose ball was the victim of mass arson: “MODEL! THIN! STREAMLINED! TRIM! MODEL!”

According to an accompanying photojournal from August’s House of Old Navy ball, the Kiki ball scene is “a sort of junior varsity-level, lower-key alternative” to the extravaganza eleganza balls made legendary by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning, where “young kids who maybe didn’t have the polished skills to compete with the big boys could hone their chops.”

Paper‘s Alexis Swerdloff continues:

In addition to dozens of Mainstream houses, there are now nine major Kiki houses, with anywhere from 50 to 150 members each, with many of the Kiki kids also belonging to Mainstream houses, and using the Kiki scene as a way to gain leadership experience and, well, have a kiki.

These children are bringing it at every ball but why are y’all gagging though?  And you can gag on the rest of the photo shoot on Paper‘s website.

Photos: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders / Paper

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Oct 6, 2012
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  • 8 Comments
    • Dumdum
      Dumdum

      I want to lick #3s fat and #4 looks so develop mentally disabled that I want to order the short bus special.

      Oct 6, 2012 at 8:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clawsuplittlemonsters
      Clawsuplittlemonsters

      Please visit our new Lady Gaga fansite at http://www.clawsuplittlemonsters.blogspot.com

      Oct 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clawsuplittlemonsters
      Clawsuplittlemonsters

      This is some neat stuff. It just proves that Madonna stole from the Gay community.

      http://www.clawsuplittlemonsters.blogspot.com

      Oct 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      Where are the masculine gays on this site?…..They do exist you know….

      Oct 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lester Brathwaite
      Lester Brathwaite · Queerty Editor

      @balehead: Masculinity is subjective. And this shit is fierce.

      Oct 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eban
      Eban

      @balehead: What is more masculine than a man doing his thing, owning it and not being afraid to show it? Fierce queens are a million times more masculine than some meathead jock hiding in the closet.

      Oct 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      #2 YES!! Love it

      #3 & #4 NO!!! (seriously what were they thinking?!)

      Oct 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOHN 1957
      JOHN 1957

      Everything old is new again. Vogue is old but it still rocks! As a matter of fact Madonna couldn’t have stolen it from the gays because it originated in the 1960’s which means she would have been four years old when she started hanging out in the clubs? NOT! But she has always loved her gays and we love her. One of the many reasons she divorced her homophobic husband.

      Origins of Vogue Femme Dance
      By Rymonda Davis, eHow Contributor

      Although Madonna’s hit song “Vogue” introduced the mainstream media to a dance form that mimicked posing and modeling, the vogue femme dance or vogueing, actually began in the 1960s in Harlem and later incorporated several styles of dance. Among many others, vogueing is mainly inspired by martial arts, modern dance, gymnastics and yoga. Through improvisation, voguing requires dancers to keep track of the beat of the music, while displaying distinct arm and head movements.

      Vogue was especially popular in the west village on christopher street and seventh ave. The guys would actually vogue on the street and stop traffic and the people would just stop and watch in awe. The good old days when christopher was alive an still happening. It even got put on the cover of “Time” magazine, voguers spread the craze by practicing their steps in downtown and discos. However, by the 1980s, vogueing focused more on movement and artistic individuality and faded out til now.

      Read more: Origins of Vogue Femme Dance | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6692717_origins-vogue-femme-dance.html#ixzz28czofTpR

      Oct 7, 2012 at 11:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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