Wednesday Reads: #TattletalesfromTanquerayPosted: September 23, 2020
For this Wednesday, we have a series of stories for you…from Humans of New York:
Tattletales From Tanqueray
Be sure you read each of these Instagram post in full before you move on to the next one. That is extremely important…because you don’t want to miss anything! So click each link, that way you will be certain to get the full caption for each thread.
Hmmm, a President that only ate pussy?
I wonder which President she is talking about….my uncle and I had a laugh, imagining the possibilities…
Every now and then, Humans of New Yorkproduces a story that moves us with its humanity. One such story is that of a former stripper, Tanqueray. If you’re not familiar, Humans of New York is an ongoing portrait series by photographer Brandon Stanton and he’s been working on it for nearly a decade. Posting the project on Facebook and Instagram, some stories are filled with humor while others are gut-wrenching. But few stories are as captivating as this one.
Kicked out of her home by her mother after becoming pregnant at 17 years old, Tanqueray rose from the ashes and went on to study fashion at FIT. She would later make costumes for strippers and porn stars. A regular in NYC’s drag scene, she hung out with the most fashionable gays and queens in all of New York. Back in the seventies, she was the only Black dancer making “white girl money.” She danced in clubs frequented by so many mobsters that she started learning Italian. She fed cherries she pulled from her g-string to paying customers. She was a badass and you wish you were that cool.
And with that…the legendary Tanqueray became a hit on Humans of New York, and social media.
This week, there was an update of sorts:
Brandon Stanton has started a fundraiser for Stephanie:
As you can see, the amount raised has been substantial. The whole story, including the tales told…are truly amazing.
So kick back and check out…
The Tattletales From Tanqueray
You can follow the tales via Twitter:
Or via Instagram:
I prefer the Instagram, because you can see the pictures better, but Twitter is an easier option for some.
At the time I wrote this post last night, there was already 10 post up…so please go to the links below to catch up on all the stories. And remember to scroll through all the pictures!
The main accounts are as follows:
I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I have been and that you consider sending a contribution to the Tanqueray Trust.
Someone should get together with Stephanie and Brandon and make a movie of these Tattletales. Fabulous stuff!