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We’re all about raising money for a good cause and this week we couldn’t think of a better cause than help raise coins for the care of this beautiful Black queen we discovered reading Humans of NY IG blog.

Humans Of NY first introduced “Tanqueray” back in November with one of the most fascinating posts we’ve ever seen on the internet. She revealed how her mother kicked her out of her home at just 17 after getting pregnant, then had her arrested for coming back for her clothes, her mom further tried to sabotage her by letting the head of parole smash her to smithereens but with help from her warden she triumphed anyway.

Her tawdry tales of burlesque dancing for mob bosses had us all on the edges of our seats.

Some of her secondhand stories were even better than the ones she lived herself. The third one posted by HONY even featured an American President.

Brandon Stanton, the man behind Humans Of NY, says he recorded her entire life story in twenty interviews with Tanqueray, whose real name is Stephanie, with plans to do a podcast with the septuagenarian, however she’s had some serious health issues since then and they decided instead to tell her life story in a series of 32 posts. He created a GoFundMe with the goal of covering her expenses and creating a comfortable life for her to live out the rest of her days.

We’re opting to only share the first of the 32 posts, but you can view all the entries so far HERE.

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(1/32) “Tanqueray, Tanqueray, Tanqueray. When this photo was taken, ten thousand men in New York City knew that name. My signature meant something to them. They’d line up around the block whenever I was dancing in Times Square, just so I could sign the cover of their nudie magazine. I’d always write: ‘You were the best I ever had.’ Or some stupid shit like that. Something to make them smile for a second. Something to make them feel like they’d gotten to know me. Then they’d pay their twenty bucks, and go sit in the dark, and wait for the show to start. They’d roll that magazine up tight and think about their wives, or their work, or some of their other problems. And they’d wait for the lights to come up. Wait for Tanqueray to step out on stage and take it all away for eighteen minutes. Eighteen minutes. That’s how long you’ve got to hold ‘em. For eighteen minutes you’ve got to make them forget that they’re getting older. And that they aren’t where they want to be in life. And that it’s probably too late to do much about it. It’s only eighteen minutes. Not long at all. But there’s a way to make it seem like forever. I always danced to the blues. Cause it’s funky and you don’t have to move fast. You can really zero in on a guy. So that it seems like you’re dancing just for him. You look him right in the eyes. Smile at him. Wink. Put a finger in your mouth and lick it a little bit. Make sure you wear plenty of lip gloss so your lips are very, very shiny. If you’re doing it right, you can make him think: ‘Wow, she’s dancing just for me.’ You can make him think he’s doing something to your insides. You can make him fall in love. Then when the music stops, you step off the stage, and beat it back to the dressing room.”

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We hope you enjoy reading Stephanie’s “Tanqueray Tattletales” as much as we have.

And PLEASE, let’s help her reach her GoFundMe goal!



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