10 Things You May Not Know Willi Ninja
He was born on April 12, 1961, in Flushing, Queens, New York, United States.
Willi Ninja's full name was William Roscoe Leake.
He played a significant role in popularizing voguing, a dance style that originated in the LGBTQ+ ballroom scene of Harlem, New York.
Ninja was a key figure in the New York City ballroom scene of the 1980s and 1990s.
He gained international recognition through his appearance in the groundbreaking documentary film "Paris Is Burning" released in 1990.
He became the face of major fashion campaigns, including work for fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
He collaborated with artists like Malcolm McLaren, Grace Jones, and others, helping to incorporate voguing into mainstream music and pop culture.
In addition to his dance and modeling career, Ninja was also a talented singer. He released a few singles, including "Hot" and "Lies."
Willi Ninja was a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility.
Tragically, Willi Ninja passed away on September 2, 2006, at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS.
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