Creators over at Viceland are giving us a firsthand look inside the competitive NYC queer ballroom scene with their new series My House, set to premiere on April 25 at 10:30 p.m..
The series is billed as an insider’s guide to New York City’s hyper-competitive underground queer ballroom scene. The show follows the lives of six inimitable and fierce voguers — Tati 007, Alex Mugler, Jelani Mizrahi, Lolita Balenciaga and Relish Milan — while the ultimate expert, Precious Ebony, a bold and brazen commentator on the scene, lays out the rules, rivalries and all the drama in between.
Throughout the season, Viceland tracks this eclectic cast and their respective houses (each voguer’s intensely personal familial team) as they prepare to compete while still facing personal challenges and striving to take their art to a higher level.
Last year, Hornet produced a video project similar to Viceland’s new series My House.
In October, 2017, Hornet sponsored the United States of Africa Ball, deemed by many to be France’s voguing event of the year. It was a true highlight for voguing culture, which has been growing in Paris for almost a decade.
How did everything start? How do the houses work? What does this culture bring to those involved in it? We looked into these questions through a series of videos directed by filmmaker Chriss Lag and our French-language editor Xavier Héraud, who has photographed the ballroom scene for years.
In the first episode of Hornet’s series (below) — entitled “Origin” — we talked with Mothers Lasseindra Ninja and Steffie Mizrahi, pioneers of the Paris ballroom scene. We discuss how these voguers of Paris launched the city’s ballroom scene, how they had to teach the vocabulary and style of the ballroom to those who were interested and how the scene will eventually surpass them.