In the world of vogue and ballroom, there are few houses more iconic than the nearly two decade old House of Mizrahi. This month, the collective is throwing a massive, ancient Greek-themed ball in Paris to launch their newest chapter, and they've shared a teaser video for the event.
"The Paris ballroom scene, birthed by Lesseindra Ninja and Mother Steffie Mizrahi, is still small and young even though we keep growing everyday," says house member Kiddy Smile, whose 2013 track "Get Myself Alone" serves as the video's soundtrack. Donovans' remix strips the house song to its minimalist essentials.
The video was directed by rising visual artist Andre Antangana. "Andre was really passionate about working with voguing dancers because of this rraw feeling exhuding from them," Kiddy Smile says. "The result is blunt and in-your-face, and we all love it."
Asked how he feels about voguing and ball culture (re) entering the mainstream, Kiddy Smile says he's not surprised, because "it's a beautifl cutlre that helps people showcase their talent and blossom into confident characters."
"Vogue has been hyping visuals of mainstream artists for decades, from Madonna to Beyonce. But what average people will never know is that vogue is first a drag and trans culture, and everything we do is because those transsexual people built a platform for us LGBT people to be free and in peace with out true self."
He adds that even though the mainstream might think they're picking up the "juice" of a subculture, in reality, they are just feeding on the leftovers. "They don't really want to deal with the core of this, more with the glitter," he says.
"Because it is a replication, it could never be successful, because this movement is about authenticity, and you've got to have lived this reality in order to deliver a proper rendition of this culture," he concludes.