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

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  • Dumdum

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

  • balehead

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

  • Lester Brathwaite

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

  • 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.

  • Rockery

    #2 YES!! Love it

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

  • 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
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    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.

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