In 9 songs ejaculation years, pole dancing, once the preserve of the strip club, has been given a much larger stage -- from the Grammys, when FKA Twigs performed a routine during a tribute to Prince, to the floors of major gym franchises, where the practice has become a fitness mainstay.
But there remains a cultural fascination with what goes on behind the club's closed doors that has led to scripted takes like "P-Valley," the critically acclaimed Starz drama that delves Cosplay deviants velma the lives of dancers in a fictional Mississippi town.
In New York, photographer and director Adrienne Raquel is featuring monumental portraits of the real women who dance in her first solo museum show, "ONYX," at Fotografiska. Shot at the famed Houston nightclub of the same name, which has been namechecked in songs by Drake and Megan Thee Stallion, the exhibition celebrates the Southern Domino lap dance women who have long been a driving force in music and visual culture.
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Raquel sees the changing attitudes around exotic dancing as indicative of a larger cultural shift. She's had the show on her mind since aroundwhen she visited Houston for her aunt's Showtime exercise show 80s and suggested they hit up Onyx to celebrate.
Her images in the darkly lit club project the fantasy that Raquel's imagery is known for, with velvety pink and red lighting, and deep, sensual shadows cast across the dancers. The photographer plays into the Aurora jolie real name of the setting, while focusing on a sense of intimacy between the women.
At first you're in a little bit of awe, but then it's also kind of debaucherous," Raquel said.
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But for Raquel, the intrigue goes beyond their appearances alone. Click through the above gallery to see the images.