In terms of internet content, Humans of New York is hard to beat. Well, you could probably expect that the most interesting and diverse city on earth would produce some truly fascinating humans. But their latest engrossing Instagram feed may be the best yet.
A woman known only as Tanqueray has shared her life story - and it's not one to be missed. In fact, people are so obsessed with this iconic character's life story, there have been calls for it to be turned into a screenplay. And once you read it, you'll see why.
New York is a city unlike any other.And so it stands to reason that the Big Apple would contain some of the weirdest and most wonderful inhabitants.
And one photographer was inspired by this incredible city.
via: Getty ImagesThis is Brandon Stanton, an NYC-based photographer who decided he wanted to document what made his city great: the people. He launched Humans of New York in 2010, and it was an immediate internet success.
And it's not hard to see why - the account is filled with stunning portraits and amazing captions.
via: InstagramSome are hilarious. “What do you want to be when you grow up?" “Fireman." “Why do you want to be a fireman?" “I said Ironman!"
Some are inspirational.
via: Instagram"I’m going to find a job, goddamnit. Nobody is going to force me into retirement at 61. I moved to New York at the age of 35 with nothing but $1000 and a cat. I’ve reinvented myself once. And I can do it again."
And some really give you an insight into the variety of human experience.
via: Instagram"I’m sixty-two now. I have three more years. I sold heroin. A lot of it. I had forty people working for me. If you were to ask me thirty-four years ago what it was going to be like in prison, I couldn’t have imagined. It’s been the same thing every day. Everyone I care about is gone. My mother passed. My father passed. My brother and sister. If I look backwards, I’ll lose my mind. I just try to keep busy and take it one day at a time."
But the latest HONY post?Well, it might just be the most shocking one yet.
It tells one hell of a story.And people of the internet can't get enough.
The story belongs to a woman known only as Tanqueray.
via: InstagramAnd, boy oh boy, has she lived a long and fascinating life. We're just glad she shared her tales with us!
So, let's start at the beginning, shall we?"My mom threw me out of the house at seventeen for getting pregnant, then had me arrested when I tried to get my clothes. Then she f***ed the head of parole to try to keep me in jail. She was some prime pussy back then."
But things just get crazier from there."The warden did some tests on me and found out I was smart, so I got a scholarship to go anywhere in New York."
She chose the Fashion Institute of Technology ...
via: FIT"Which I hated," Tanqueray adds. But while there, she learned the dressmaking skills which would change her life.
And Tanqueray put these skills to good use."By that time I was already getting work making costumes for the strippers and porn stars in Times Square."
"All my friends were gay people, because they never judged me.""All I did was gay bars: drag queen contests, Crisco Disco, I loved the whole scene."
"And I couldn’t get enough of the costumes.""My friend Paris used to sit at the bar and sell stolen clothes from Bergdorf and Lord and Taylors, back before they had sensor tags. So I had the best wardrobe: mink coats, 5-inch heels, stockings with seams up the back."
"I looked like a drag queen, honey.""One night a Hasidic rabbi tried to pick me up because he thought I was a tranny. I had to tell him: 'Baby, this is real fish!'"
"My stripper name was Tanqueray.""Back in the seventies, I was the only black girl making white girl money."
"I danced in so many mob clubs that I learned Italian.""Black girls weren’t even allowed in some of these places. Nothing but guidos with their pinky rings and the one long fingernail they used for [drugs]."
Unbelievable, her story only gets more bizarre from here."I even did a full twenty minutes in the place they filmed Saturday Night Fever."
"But I made my real money on the road.""Three grand on some trips. Every time Fort Dix had their payday, they’d bring me in as a feature and call me ‘Ms. Black Universe’ or some shit like that."
And it's clear what Tanquery was getting paid for.
via: Instagram"I had this magic trick where I’d put baby bottle tops on my nipples and squirt real milk, then I’d pull a cherry out of my G-string and feed it to the guy in the front row. But I never used dildos on stage or any s*** like that."
There were pretty severe punishments for overstepping these types of boundaries."In fact, one night after a show, I caught another dancer sneaking off to the Tate Hotel with our biggest tipper. Not allowed. So the next night we put a little itching powder in her G-string."
"Boy did she put on a show that night."
via: Shutterstock"Didn’t see her again until The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds. So I guess she finally fucked the right one."