One of the most emotional scenes of the film is when Pepper LaBeija, mother of the House of LaBeija, tells how her parents found out she dressed as a girl. Her mother found a fur coat in her closet and realised it was hers from the perfume on it, Jungle Gardenia.
Originally launched by Tuvaché in the 1930, it became popular in the 1950s. Barbara Herman’s description of it is fascinating: “With tropical wet gardenia and bubble-gum sweet tuberose bursting from its center, flanked by fresh green top notes and an erotic base of balsams and musk, Jungle Gardenia goes straight to the perfume brain’s pleasure center.”
6 thoughts on “Paris Is Burning (1990)”
This is maybe one of my favorite documentaries ever. Venus Extravaganza is a legend. ❤
So unique and so vulnerable. The scene where Angie Extravaganza speaks about Venus’s death is heart-breaking.
It so is. I feel like this documentary should be required viewing
Paris is Burning is my all time favourite documentary. I’ve watched it a hundred times, but this scene still breaks my heart. 💔
It really does. You can feel the pain of being rejected by your own parents for who you are. Pepper was so protective of his house members, and you can see why. How much importance he gave to supporting and encouraging others to accept themselves. Beautiful soul