Tanqueray Becomes A Millionaire Within Days After Donations Pour In To Ensure She Lives Her Sunset Years In Luxury

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Tanqueray Becomes A Millionaire Within Days After Donations Pour In To Ensure She Lives Her Sunset Years In Luxury

After news surfaced that Ms. Stephanie had fallen ill, fans of the NY storyteller rallied together to donate to her GoFundMe.

Published September 24th

Written by Tweety Elitou

UPDATED (9/24/2020)— Days after we shared details about The Tanqueray Trustcreated for Ms. Stephanie (aka Tanqueray) due to her current health status, we are happy to report that the famed NY storyteller will be able to spend her sunset years in luxury and comfort. 

Within days, Tanqueray has become a millionaire! The GoFundMe—which was started four days ago—has raised over $1,000,000 thanks to those who continue to enjoy her priceless story! 

“We are being very thoughtful with the money,” the GoFundMe page, started by photographer Brandon Stanton, shared. “Stephanie knows that there are risks involved with publicly raising funds for a person in her vulnerable situation. So with her blessing, we will be placing the money in a trust to ensure that it provides sustainable, long term care.”

According to the fundraiser page, “The trust will cover her living expenses and health care needs moving forward. And at Stephanie’s request, any money remaining at the end of her life will be donated to The Association To Benefit Children —a highly respected New York charity dedicated to helping the city’s most vulnerable children.” 



When Humans of New York first introduced the world to Tanqueray, we couldn’t keep our minds from wanting to know the next chapter to her life’s story filled with strippers, mobsters, and an affair with the president. 

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So much so, that the social media sensation landed a series on the popular Instagram account detailing her adventured-filled life in New York City, which included her young adulthood during the 70s.

Sadly, we recently learned that everyone’s auntie-in-their-head—who we all know and love to be Ms. Stephanie—has fallen ill.

Below is an update about Ms. Stephanie’s health, along with details about how Humans of NY’s will be honoring the NY legend by telling her story with a 32-post series known as, Tattletales From Tanqueray.

“Many of you will remember this young lady. Tanqueray caused quite a stir a few months ago when she dropped some truth bombs on us, while wearing a hand-beaded faux mink coat that she made herself. What you don’t know is what happened afterward. Tanqueray—whose real name is Stephanie—sat for a series of twenty interviews with me, during which time I transcribed her entire life story. And whoa boy, what a story," the post Instagram read.

It continued, "Stephanie is a born performer, so we were initially going to make a podcast out of it. But unfortunate circumstances have required a change in plans. Stephanie’s health has taken a bad turn, and she’s in a really tough spot. So I’m going to tell her story right here, right now. It’s the most ambitious storytelling I’ve ever attempted on the blog. It will unfold over the course of 32 posts. But if there’s anyone who can hold an audience for an entire week—it’s Tanqueray. As her story is shared, we will be raising money to ensure that Stephanie can live the rest of her life in comfort and dignity. Stephanie has a lot of urgent needs, so her care will be expensive. But her story is priceless. If the series adds any value to your life over the next seven days, please consider making a contribution to our fundraiser through the link in bio. ‘Tattletales From Tanqueray’ will begin tomorrow.”

  1. Below is the first installment of the series for your viewing pleasure!
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    (1/32) “Tanqueray, Tanqueray, Tanqueray. When this photo was taken, ten thousand men in New York City knew that name. My signature meant something to them. They’d line up around the block whenever I was dancing in Times Square, just so I could sign the cover of their nudie magazine. I’d always write: ‘You were the best I ever had.’ Or some stupid shit like that. Something to make them smile for a second. Something to make them feel like they’d gotten to know me. Then they’d pay their twenty bucks, and go sit in the dark, and wait for the show to start. They’d roll that magazine up tight and think about their wives, or their work, or some of their other problems. And they’d wait for the lights to come up. Wait for Tanqueray to step out on stage and take it all away for eighteen minutes. Eighteen minutes. That’s how long you’ve got to hold ‘em. For eighteen minutes you’ve got to make them forget that they’re getting older. And that they aren’t where they want to be in life. And that it’s probably too late to do much about it. It’s only eighteen minutes. Not long at all. But there’s a way to make it seem like forever. I always danced to the blues. Cause it’s funky and you don’t have to move fast. You can really zero in on a guy. So that it seems like you’re dancing just for him. You look him right in the eyes. Smile at him. Wink. Put a finger in your mouth and lick it a little bit. Make sure you wear plenty of lip gloss so your lips are very, very shiny. If you’re doing it right, you can make him think: ‘Wow, she’s dancing just for me.’ You can make him think he’s doing something to your insides. You can make him fall in love. Then when the music stops, you step off the stage, and beat it back to the dressing room.”

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    Thus far, The Tanqueray Trust has raised $317,044 in a day! If you are interested in donating to the GoFundMe campaign, please do so now. As they say, a life story is priceless. 

(Photo: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images)


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