It was released as the first single from the album on March 27, , by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and choreographers Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem "House Ball" community , the origin of the dance form, and they introduced "Vogueing" to her at the Sound Factory club in New York City. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, and it contains a theme of escapism.
1. Vogue was actually never meant to be a single
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If copyright and competition weren't an issue, Pose would rightfully be called Vogue. The black-and-white video, directed by David Fincher, has long been a touchstone for Pose co-creator Ryan Murphy : his breakout a cappella dramedy Glee devoted a whole episode to "The Power of Madonna," including a detailed, frame-by-frame homage to that video starring Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester as Madonna. But it took eight months of back-and-forth to actually get the song into Pose, according to music supervisor and producer Alexis Martin Woodall. And no wonder: Madonna borrowed the term that gave her song its title from the dancers who introduced her to voguing and ball culture; two of them, Luis Xtravaganza Camacho and Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza, appeared in the music video and her Blond Ambition tour. According to legend—on Pose, Pray Tell Billy Porter tells the story during a ballroom scene—the term can be traced back to Paris Dupree, the Paris of Paris Is Burning —who used the glossy magazine in her bag as inspiration for posing to the beat in a way that asserted power and defiance. Madonna tells the listener they can have the relief, escape, validation, and power they crave if they go to the dance floor and let their bodies—black or white, boy or girl—move to the music. The key art for the season imitates the black-and-white drama of the video; in the premiere, a ballroom entrance from Elekra Dominique Jackson appears to be a reference to—or foreshadowing of?
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It was only when she played the track for her label that it ended up being made a single in its own right. It was just the most amazing thing. Because voguing has its origins in the s and s ballroom culture — largely populated by queer people of colour — many at the time questioned whether it was appropriate for Madonna to profit from it with her hit single, and to many, become synonymous with a dance style that she had no hand in creating or perfecting not to mention the fact that all of the celebrities name-checked in the song were rich and white. Others felt that Madonna was shining a light on voguing and opening the door for ballroom to become more mainstream, particularly as she included actual dancers from the scene in the accompanying music video, and her next world tour.
From a casting perspective, these dancers look great, but vogue came from trans women including Paris Dupree. Therefore, one can argue that the use of gay men instead of trans women can be seen as not giving credit to the originators and pioneers. However, at least she used people FROM the ballroom in her video. It went on to win the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and become a cult classic, but Twysted sees a stark difference between the two and their treatment of the culture. Madonna paid homage and gave them a spotlight that they were able to live off of for the rest of their lives, as dancers and instructors. Madonna took her dancers on tour around the world and gave them an unforgettable work experience. You cannot compare the two at all. The videos featured Willi Ninja and others from the culture.