Vogue Photo features Myles Loftin for "True Beauties"

By
Matti LaBeija
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July 19, 2022

Myles Loftin, a member of the New York City chapter of the Royal House of LaBeija, was interviewed by Photo Vogue for his latest project “True Beauties," which presents several cherished portraits of figures from The Royal House of LaBeija, the original house of ballroom. The recognition of The Royal House of LaBeija has grown through coverage by the mainstream media in the past few years, however the last official documentation of this previously-underground world of ballroom is the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, making the public’s in-depth understanding of this ballroom limited.

"Blending portraiture and fashion photography, Myles Loftin is strongly driven by being a voice for both underrepresented and misrepresented groups. This is compounded by the fact that he himself is a queer Black man and thus makes him familiar with the power of visibility. The Brooklyn-based photographer is part of our PhotoVogue community and has also been featured in the 2020 edition of PhotoVogue festival in the exhibition 'All In This Together.'

His latest project 'True Beauties' presents several cherished portraits of figures from The Royal House of LaBeija, the original house of ballroom. The recognition of The Royal House of LaBeija has grown through coverage by the mainstream media in the past few years, however the last official documentation of this previously-underground world of ballroom is the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, making the public’s in-depth understanding of this ballroom limited. Loftin aims to fill in this gap and draw attention to the thriving, active contemporary ballroom community which has balls every week and draws people from around the country to compete in."

Read the full story: https://www.vogue.com/article/myles-loftin-aspires-to-create-a-visual-archive-of-his-queer-community