HBO Max is bringing attention to the ballroom community in its new, very fun series Legendary.
Teams (“houses”) battle in fashion and dance challenges including vogueing — a competitive style of modern dance with high fashion and choreography based on models’ poses — for the chance to win the legendary trophy and $100,000.
For Master of Ceremonies Dashaun Wesley and judge Jameela Jamil, doing this show was a no-brainer. “I love to see my community excel. There’s nothing like being appreciated for something you’ve been doing for so long, and people are now putting an eye to that,” Wesley explained.
For Jamil, it was being fans of DJ MikeQ, fellow judge Leiomy Maldonado, and Wesley. “To be even given the opportunity to watch it all unfold up close right in front of my own eyes was just a no-brainer,” she added. “It was only an honor to join in.”
Here, Wesley and Jamil take us inside the world of the underground ballroom community and Legendary.