The iconic Tanqueray from The Humans of New York Instagram page is back with a huge post series about her life, revealing never-heard-before details and featuring all-new photos.
But, her return is bittersweet...
Brandon Stanton, an NYC-based photographer launched Humans of New York in 2010
via: Getty ImagesAnd it was an immediate internet success.
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 one of the most iconic HONY people?Well, her story might just be the most shocking one yet.
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!
The first time we met her, we got a handful of anecdotes about her life.
Man, HONY’s Tanqueray has really been through it in life— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka Obi-Uchendu)1600760948.0
Understandably, the posts gained a lot of attention.The comments section is flooded with people shocked and fascinated by Tanqueray's amazing life.
And, back by popular demand...
Are you guys keeping up with Ms. Stephanie (Tanqueray)’s story on HONY??? It’s my favorite thing happening this week.— Nai, the Internet’s Esthetician (@Nai, the Internet’s Esthetician)1600907539.0
But this time, her return is bittersweet.
@humansofny This woman has stories for daaaayyyysss!— W. (@W.)1574184730.0
"Stephanie is a born performer, so we were initially going to make a podcast out of it. But unfortunate circumstances have required a change in plans. Stephanie’s health has taken a bad turn, and she’s in a really tough spot."
The series goes into more detail than ever before, with a plethora of unseen photos.
The humans of NY tanqueray posts get my heart RACING— E. (@E.)1601179142.0
It's also meant that a ton of money has been raised to support Tanqueray.
via: GoFundMeThe GoFundMe, which you can check out here, has managed to raise a staggering $2.5 million, at the time of writing.
Based on just these posts...Fans have all been asking for one thing.
They want Tanqueray's life to be turned into a TV series.
@wini_dee @humansofny I want as many movies about this woman as we have Spider-Man reboots: https://t.co/ijKEu59I6b— Theresa Donaghy (@Theresa Donaghy)1574280243.0
That would be one binge-worthy show!
The HONY Tanqueray series has brought me so much joy— the escape goat (@the escape goat)1601315036.0