Few people know Willie Lamb and Willie Ninja, both visionary New Yorkers, but just about everyone knows their work.
One of the creators-- if not the godfather--of voguing, Willie struck his last pose on September 2, 2006 at the age of 45 after a long illness.
Madonna may have brought Voguing into the mainstream, but every time some girl in a Milwaukee shopping mall strikes a pose, she's been touched by Willie Ninja.
In March of 1990, my then boy toy hounded me to buy tickets to a special night at the Roxy. I'd never been to the Roxy and had no idea what it was. I'd been out just three months.
The Roxy was launching Vogue that night. Paris was burning. Madonna was working her fans and reinventing herself yet again.
Keith, the boy toy, promised me a life-changing experience. He delivered on that promise. Among other things that was the first time I did Ex. That night Willie Ninja, Madonna and several thousand voguing Chelsea queens and club kids catapulted me into my club years.
I owe an awful lot of trouble and debauchery to Willie Ninja for which I will be eternally grateful! He may have lived a short life, but like the other Willie's Empire State Building, Willie Ninja's moves have become iconic.