R.I.P. Octavia Saint Laurent

Queer Black Cinema is sadden to announce the passing of Legendary Octavia Saint Laurent. In 1990, Jennie Livingston showcase Octavia in her most famous documentary on voguing to date,”Paris Is Burning.” In 2003, Wolfgang Busch did a follow up documentary, “How Do I look” featuring Octavia, Willie Ninja and many other great Ballroom Legends before their passing. In 2007, Queer Black Cinema screened ,”How Do I Look” as a tribute to all  the Ballroom Legends after the passing of Willi Nina and also raised funds to give to Willie Ninja’s  mom.  Queer Black Cinema sends our deepest condolence and love to the family, friends and children of Octavia Saint Laurent. Her Legacy will live on through the arts.

Below is an article by NY Times

Octavia Saint LaurentBy Horacio Silva (NEW YORK TIMES -online)

The world is a decidedly less chic place this week with the passing on Monday of the legendary transgendered beauty Octavia Saint Laurent, who won hearts and an honorary place in the pantheon of the fabulous with her star turn in Jennie Livingston’s 1990 voguing documentary, “Paris Is Burning.” Octavia, who later changed her name to Heavenly Angel Octavia Saint Laurent Manolo Blahnik before settling on the more recession-friendly Octavia Saint Laurent Mizrahi, will be remembered not only for her encyclopedic knowledge of feminine allure — her deconstruction of the many of the looks of Paulina Porizkova in “Paris Is Burning” should be required viewing for every drag artiste in training heels — but also for having lived a glamorous life worthy of tens across the board. (READ MORE)

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