9 Things The Mainstream Got From LGBTQ+ Culture
From house music to shade, do you know where it all began?
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LGBTQ culture has been "borrowed" by the mainstream, often no giving credit to the originators. You see it in reality shows, music, fashion and movies. Here are the 10 things you might not have known started with the queer community. Learn it and learn well!
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In 1990, Madonna had an epic hit with the song "Vogue." However, the famous moves associated with the No. 1 song were taken directly from the Black and Latin queer ballroom scene. The dance form is all about rhythm, drama and an attitude and is now an internet sensation. But just so you know, Madonna didn't invent voguing, it came directly from queer communities. (Photo: Sire Records, Warner Bros Records)
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Everyone from The Real Housewives of Atlanta to Nicki Minaj to Lil Kim love some heavy contour, which is a look borrowed from drag culture. When Nicki was accused of having plastic surgery in 2013, she explained that she got her makeup queues from the drag queens on RuPaul's Drag Race, "I’ve never had surgery on my face. They’ll see contour and they’ll think you had surgery on your nose, no no no, look at 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' and you’ll see how you can make your nose look any shape you want." Contour creates an illusion, helping to transform you into whoever you want to be. (Photo from left: Ethan Miller/Getty Images, David Livingston/Getty Images)
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This ubiquitous saying is another word that started among Black and Latin queer folks. However, most people don't understand what shade means. As the late great Dorian Corey said, "Shade is I don't tell you you're ugly but I don't have to tell you because you know you're ugly ... and that's shade." Learn it! (Photo: Academy Entertainment, Off White Productions)
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Tyra Banks made this term her catch phrase, but thankfully, always credited the LGBT community for its roots. At the 2009 GLAAD Awards, she apologized for overusing the word fierce but there was no problem between her and her loyal fans. Important note: in the Black LGBT community, "Fierce!" is a negative term, so when someone says, "You look fierce!" it's actually saying, "You look horrible!" (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for CW)