Octavia St. Laurent

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Octavia St. Laurent
Paris Is Burnin-OctaviaStLaurent.jpg
Born (1964-03-16)March 16, 1964
Brooklyn, New York, US
Died May 17, 2009(2009-05-17) (aged 45)[1]
Cause of death Cancer [2]
Other names Heavenly Angel Octavia Saint Laurent Manolo Blahnik
Octavia Saint Laurent Mizrahi
Years active 1982-2009

Octavia St. Laurent Mizrahi (March 16, 1964 – May 17, 2009)[3] was an LGBT icon, a trans woman who exuded black excellence. Model, actress, and AIDS educator. She came to public attention after being featured in the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.[4]

Early life[edit]

St. Laurent was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 16, 1964. She stated that growing up, her parents had no issue with her being queer.[5]


St. Laurent began walking in the New York ballroom scene in 1982.

She starred in the LGBT documentary Paris Is Burning (1990). She also had a small role in The Saint of Fort Washington (1993).

Personal life[edit]

In her lifetime, St. Laurent was diagnosed as HIV+, and would later serve as an educator to spread awareness over the disease. During her appearance in Wolfgang Busch's LGBT documentary How Do I Look, St. Laurent further discussed her drug use, sex work, and fight with AIDS.[6]


Octavia died after a long battle with cancer on May 17, 2009.


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Paris Is Burning Herself Documentary
1993 The Saint of Fort Washington Hooker in car
Octavia Saint Laurent: Queen of the Underground Herself Documentary
2005 Pill Awards Hostess TV Award show
2006 How Do I Look Herself Documentary


  1. ^ https://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/rip-octavia-saint-laurent/
  2. ^ https://zagria.blogspot.com/2014/05/octavia-st-laurent-1964-2009-performer.html#.W1KHnNJKhPY
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Green, Jesse (April 18, 1993). Paris Has Burned. She becomes an icon to LGBT Community specially for Transgender Women's New York Times
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Cotter, Holland (October 24, 2003). DL: The Down Low in Contemporary Art, New York Times

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