Taylor’s self-directed visual features a Cinderella-inspired plot of her trying to compete in the various contests within the underground LGBT subculture. The music video features prominent members of the community including Lena Waithe, Mykki Blanco, Milan Christopher and Shaun Ross.
“First time I met YOU (LGBTQ/ballroom) I was 15. An age when I didn’t feel my prettiest, didn’t know who I really was ya know,” Taylor wrote. “I was still finding myself in this crazy world like any other normal 15
The Harlem-born performer went on to say how the Ballroom scene empowered her to embrace her unconventional beauty. “YOU made me feel so beautiful. YOU embraced my strong features, YOU embraced my big hair, YOU embraced everything about me like no other and I knew from that day on that YOU would a home for me and would forever be
According to the G.O.O.D. Music artist, the ballroom community wasn’t accepted by the music industry. She alleged that scenes of the culture were cut out of her music videos and television appearances. The exclusion did not stop her from endorsing the ballroom.
“Once I realized that them NOT embracing YOU had become a repetitive thing, I vowed to continue to represent YOU whenever to whoever!! And that one day when I am where I want to be and I have control and power I would WORK MY P**** unapologetically to the world with you and make sure the world see where I come from and not have to worry about ANYONE editing YOU out or being ashamed of MY HOME,” she said.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.