Vogueing a path towards diversity: how house ballroom danced its way into fashion

Vogueing dancers
Dancers in New York have created a video with the charity House Lives Matter

Sinia Alaia was barely a teenager when she first ventured into the world of house ballroom dancing. “It was at 12 years old [that] I met my gay mother,” she says. “She took me under her wing and kind of showed me the ropes.”

The uninitiated might be forgiven for thinking that Sinia is talking about something along the lines of Strictly Come Dancing, but viewers of the hit television show Pose will already be familiar with the underground subculture that is fast gaining ground as a more mainstream movement.

The fashion industry has shown particular enthusiasm for house ballroom: American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour enlisted the House of Gorgeous to perform at the camp-themed Met Gala in...

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