Yes, you heard me right – I’m featured on a ShowTime Docuseries and as I type that I’m still questioning how I got here. Literally. I went from wanting to stay behind the camera when I started my career, to bending against my views on social media (see the upper left corner of my social channels, titled “Vashtie Sells Out”) to now being featured on sort of reality TV. It started in ’06 when I reluctantly started blogging and I started to meet you guys – sending me messages and me realizing that I had friends all over the world just like me! So I continued to share!
Anyways, Sure this isn’t your typical show and it is in fact shot beautifully, but still…I have no idea how this will turn out, but it shall be interesting.
Josh (“The Fat Jew”), an internet celebrity and self-described “Magellan” of nightlife in the Big Apple;
Kirill (“Kirill Was Here”) a nightlife photographer who gets even the most uptight girls to strip in the clubs;
Vashtie (“Va$htie”) a gorgeous DJ forced to deal with her troubled past;
Markus, a glamorous doorman and stand-up comedian who decides who’s in and who’s out; and
Samantha (“Abby”) a beautiful escort who longs for a more normal life but struggles to walk away.
Way back in March I was asked to be featured in Glamour Magazine’s “Month in Outfits”. Mixing and matching 5 staple pieces 30 different ways was no easy task! I definitely came out out of my comfort zone playing with color and patterns for the shoot. I even got to sneak my States x Vashtie Puma Collaboration sneakers in there. Check out the spread below!
May 7th, 2015: New York City. Drake and Sotheby’s host a celebration of the “I Like It Like This S|2 x Drake” curation. I had the absolute honor of being asked to DJ this epic and legendary moment in art…
“I Like It Like This, presented by S|2 in collaboration with Drake is a celebration of influential Contemporary black American artists. Grammy winning hip hop icon Drake has provided musical curation by selecting songs to accompany highlighted works in the exhibition. Listen to Drake’s song selections at Beats by Dre™ sound stations throughout the gallery and experience the dialogue surrounding the overlap of these identities and the ways in which they bolster, challenge and inspire one another.” – SOTHEBY’S
The show was quite incredible, featuring works from artists like Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat and more! I have to say, Drake did an outstanding job. Not only that, but the attendees were a perfect mix of downtown kids, patrons of the arts and artists.
When Elle sent this to me, I nearly imploded. I grew up loving Vogue culture, thanks to my older gay brother who introduced me to the art form. It’s incredible to see how the scene has traversed the earth and landed in so many different countries – like Russia!
Below is a video from the North Venice Vogue Ball, held in St. Petersberg, Russia, annually. It features young girls snapping on the runway! You just have to see it!