How the LGBT community created voguing

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Vogue, the dance, not the magazine.


Voguing is fairly new, created in the 80s, compared to the New York City drag ballroom scene which goes back to at least the 1920s. The dance's name is borrowed from Vogue magazine. The movements that define voguging are also styled after the model poses in Vogue. Willi Ninja, considered the godfather of vogue, also drew inspirations from some unlikely sources such as mimes and martial arts. Voguing also happens at Kiki balls—like a junior legeauge before the main competitions of the ballroom scene. In the LGBT community voguing is more than just a popular dance fad co-opted into mainstream. Surrogate families called houses are also a major part of the ballroom scene.

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