In the dead of the morning Calvin Harris and Sam Smith released the visual for their collab “Promises.” Directed by Emil Nava, the video features model Winnie Harlow and acts as sort of a mini-doc on queer nightlife and explains its importance. “You find that inner person and you just kinda let it out,” voguer Prince Zay says in one of the clips. What some viewers don’t know is that several of the performers have worked alongside the likes of Prince, Madonna and Rihanna. Here are five notable performers from the video.
Working as a dancer and choreographer for over a quarter of a century, Kevin has certainly been around the block. Having broken into the industry on Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour, he’s worked with Prince, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Beyoncé, Cher, as well as designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Tommy Hilfiger.
The video opens with Jamari 007, a voguer who has been deemed legend in the ballroom community, talking to the camera in Super 8 footage. “It’s just that let go of not having to be somebody that I don’t want to be at that time,” he says. Jamari is a choreographer and dancer who has worked with Keke Palmer as well as Marco Marco Underwear.
Though he only appears in the video briefly, Dashaun’s resume is long. In addition to doing everything from appearing in Rihanna’s Anti world tour and NBC’s The Wiz Live, the self-described “King of Vogue” tours the world as a commentator — he actually took one of his favorite commentations to an episode of Hit The Floor. Teyana Taylor just brought him out to perform with her on the L.A. stop of her tour this past weekend.
“Growing up in the Bronx you have to carry this tough skin,” Carlos says. “Finding vogue, it allowed me to express myself in a way that I couldn’t express anywhere else.” Carlos is also a dancer and choreographer, having performed at a variety of events like the Chicago House Music Festival, Los Angeles Salsa Festival and even the Pose premiere. He’s even performed with Camila Cabello at the iHeartRadio Music awards. In the L.A. ballroom scene, he organizes the city’s recurring Vogue Nights event along with Jamari.
Featured heavily in the lyric video for the song, Kia Labeija is well known as a voguing star and artist. Having appeared in Pose, Labeija has been filmed for projects for brands like MAC Cosmetics and Gucci, amongst others. Her multidisciplinary fine art practice explores activism, politics and community.