Leiomy Maldonado

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Leiomy Maldonado
Leiomy Maldonado
Maldonado in 2016
Born (1987-04-28) April 28, 1987 (age 33)
Other names
  • "Wonder Woman of Vogue"
  • "Amazon Mother"
  • Dancer
  • choreographer
Years active2002–present

Leiomy Maldonado (born April 28, 1987[1]), known as the "Wonder Woman of Vogue", is a transgender Afro-Puerto Rican[2] dancer, instructor, model,[3] activist,[4] and ballroom dancer.[5] She was a member of the dance troupe "Vogue Evolution," which was featured on Season 4 of America's Best Dance Crew. She has worked with artists such as Willow Smith, Icona Pop, and CocoRosie.[6]


Leiomy Maldonado was born on April 28, 1987, in the Bronx. She has been an active member of the queer ballroom scene in New York since the age of 15. She is the first-ever openly transgender[7] woman to appear on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.[8] Maldonado choreographed and appeared in Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" music video.[9] Leiomy's signature hair flip move, "The Leiomy Lolly", has been adopted by musicians and celebrities, such as Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears.[10] She was featured in Icona Pop's "All Night" music video,[11] which paid tribute to the 1991 documentary Paris is Burning. Maldonado was the star of the Nike "#BeTrue" advertisement, in support of Pride Month 2017; she is only the second transgender athlete to be featured in a Nike video advertisement.[12] She was filmed in the music video of Russian pop singer Philipp Kirkorov "Цвет настроения синий" (Mood colour is blue).[13] She appears in the second episode of the docuseries My House and is the "mother" of Tati 007;[14] she also is the choreographer for the ballroom scenes in the show Pose.[15][16] She also appeared in Pose playing the character Florida Ferocity.[17][18] Leiomy cites Ballroom icons Yolanda Jourdan & Alloura Jourdan Zion as her main influences behind her vogue.[citation needed]

Maldonado is one of the judges on the HBO Max show Legendary.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 America's Best Dance Crew Herself Season 4: Member of Vogue Evolution, 5th place (5 episodes)
2018 My House Herself Guest (1 episode)
2018–present Pose Florida Ferocity Recurring role (7 episodes); also Choreographer for show
2020–present Legendary Herself Judge (Season 1–)

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  1. ^ "Leiomy Maldonado - Faculty - Peridance Capezio Center". www.peridance.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ "Meet Leiomy Maldonado, the Trans Latina Vogue Dancer Whose Hair Flip Inspired Beyoncé & More". Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ "VOGUEING WITH LEIOMY MALDONADO". CR Fashion Book. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  4. ^ "This High-Octane Club Mix Celebrates The Diversity Of Baltimore's Music Scene". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  5. ^ Eckardt, Stephanie. "Checking In With Rashaad Newsome, the Artist Bringing Harlem's Vogue Scene to Chelsea". W Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  6. ^ "Leiomy Maldonado on the Culture of Vogue". thecreativeindependent.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  7. ^ "The Trans Community of Christopher Street". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  8. ^ "Leiomy Maldonado Talks Signature Hair Flip That Inspired Beyoncé". Vibe. 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  9. ^ WillowSmithVEVO (2010-10-18), Willow Smith - Whip My Hair, retrieved 2017-03-12
  10. ^ "Leiomy Maldonado Is The Wonder Woman Of Vogue". Oxygen Official Site. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  11. ^ Icona Pop (2013-09-12), Icona Pop - All Night (Official Extended Video), retrieved 2017-03-12
  12. ^ "Nike's New Ad Stars Vogue Legend Leiomy Maldonado. Leiomy sites Vogue Icons Yolanda Jourdan and Alloura Jourdan Zion as her biggest influences ". ELLE. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  13. ^ Raspopina, Sasha. "No, it's not a new rap battle. It's a music video by Soviet pop star Philipp Kirkorov". The Calvert Journal.
  14. ^ Street, Mikelle (April 25, 2018). "'My House' Highlights The Modern Ballroom Scene Post-'Paris Is Burning'". Into. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  15. ^ Weisenstein, Kara (28 June 2018). "This Legendary Voguer Invented Beyoncé's Hair Flip". Vice.
  16. ^ Montero, Roytel (June 11, 2018). "How The Wonder Woman Of Vogue Is Stepping Into Stardom On 'Pose'". Forbes. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  17. ^ Gonzales, Erica (September 10, 2018). "This Dancer Did the Most Epic Walk at Fashion Week and We're Shaking". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  18. ^ Blake, Meredith (2 August 2019). "How 'Pose' perfectly re-creates the queer ball culture of 1990 New York". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  19. ^ Desta, Yohana (May 26, 2020). "Leiomy Maldonado Puts the Legend in Legendary". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Wang, Lydia (May 27, 2020). "A Guide To The Iconic Judges of HBO Max's Legendary". Refinery29. Retrieved June 5, 2020.

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