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How Voguer Leiomy Maldonado Is Slaying The World One Dip At A Time

The former America's Best Dance Crew contestant and professional dancer continues to blaze a trail for others to catwalk on.

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I remember the first time I saw Leiomy vogue on my TV screen. It was in 2009 and I was currently in my senior year of high school, glued to my television screen as the first openly gay group plus the first transgender woman broke down barriers and set a new representation for the LGBT community.

Six years later, Leiomy has continued to elevate the artform as one of the most recognized and talented dancers to emerge from the ballroom scene.

**If you end up searching her videos on YouTube after this, bet you can't watch just one.

Let's get our lives, shall we?

Leiomy made her TV debut on season 4 of Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew with Vogue Evolution in 2009.

The group was eliminated in the 5th episode but made an impression on viewers while bringing attention to the iconic style of dance.

The group was eliminated in the 5th episode but made an impression on viewers while bringing attention to the iconic style of dance.

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican, Bronx native, known for her spins earned the nicknamed "La Mujer Maravilla." Or simply...


Wonder Woman.

Anyone who can do this in high heels...

Street Star

And take those dips from the stage to the front row is a woman of damn wonder.

And if you trip: catch it, spin on it and dip like nobody's watching.

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One of her signature moves, "The Lolly" puts a simple hair flip to shame.

"If your hair don't sway, get it done by Lei. Hey! Hip hip, hooray!"

Admit it. You're probably nodding your head in sync.

Mmhmm. I'll wait.


Pop culture took notice with Beyonce busting out "The Lolly" in her "Video Phone" music video. The move is also featured in Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy" video and a Dance Central dance routine to the song "Lap Dance."


In 2010, Leiomy appeared in Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" video as the coolest damn chaperone in detention.

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Paying homage to the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, Leiomy was featured in Icona Pop's "All Night" music video.

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Recently she joined fellow vogue pioneers at FKA Twigs' "Congregata" concert in NYC in a sparkly champagne leotard. Werk.

Since ABDC she has travelled all over the world teaching the art of vogue including London, Austria and Germany to name a few. Below she's showing techniques during a vogue workshop in Paris.

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Her style is often imitated but never duplicated. She moves in a wind motion with confidence and sex appeal.

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"You could never!"

And then there are times when she's so electrifying it's just disrespectful in the perfect way.

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When La Mujer Maravilla goes in battle mode, it's nothing short of a Mortal Kombat fatality.

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Nothing says victory than snatching your own weave.

Then you're on the other side of the screen, feeling more hype like you downed a case of Red Bulls.


You're so amp that you try to duck walk and cramp up. Besides, how could you explain your injuries to your health insurance let alone explain the emphasis behind "Bam, bam! Shawam!"? Let's not even.


Oh it goes a little something like this. Boom.

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