Pose’s hairstyle should turn voters’ heads
The FX Ball Scenes Pose could serve as a spectacle within a show – exquisite moments of heightened reality that provide respite for queer and transgender people of color at the center of this period drama. PoseThe story of began in the late 1980s with a broader look at New Yorkers and how the lives of the privileged intersect with those of the marginalized. But in seasons two and three, the show’s focus, from Steven Canals, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Falchuk, was more clearly focused on the people who made up the ball culture, including Blanca (MJ Rodriguez), Angel (Indya Moore), Elektra (Dominique Jackson) and Pray Tell (Billy Porter). As the AIDS epidemic continues to kill people and the US government continues to look the other way, PoseBalls have become more elaborate, joyful and necessary.
The show’s glamorous sequences border on whimsy, but they capture the limitless creativity of the ballroom community over the decades and are hosted by actors like Rodriguez, Moore, Jackson, Porter, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross. Pose costume designer Analucia McGorty, makeup department head Sherri Berman Laurence and hair chef Barry Lee Moe also play key roles in creating these momentous moments; they were each Emmy nominated for their work in 2019 and 2020. With the effusive level of spectacle of the recently completed third season, Emmy voters should once again recognize the craft crews. (They should also finally put Rodriguez in the Best Leading Actress in a Dramatic Race category, to which she belongs).
Moe’s work this season has drawn as much inspiration from ballroom culture and the wider world of pop culture as it is from character development. Pose has stepped back in time on several occasions, its three-season story spanning a span of 10 years. Blanca adopted many different looks during this time, going from house member to mother house to registered nurse, but Moe, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Period and / or Character Hairstyle for a different production of Murphy Hollywood– took care to preserve its signature wavy edges on the finger. According to Moe, Blanca’s look in season three, with bouncy braids and a slicked back crown, was modeled after Privacy singer Jody Whatley. Lisa Bonet inspired Angel’s curls, while Toni Braxton was on the mood board for Lulu and Blanca. And, as we’ve seen in several performances during “Candy’s Sweet Refrain,” Pray’s drag look is unlike anyone other than Diana Ross.
Specificity is also at the origin of PoseAwesome Hairstyles: Moe made sure his team, including Timothy Harvey, Tene Wilder, and Greg Bazemore, were mostly black hairstylists. The senior hairstylist also looked at the 90s issues of JET and Ebony as well as vintage ballroom photos, revealing to People Elektra’s feathered look in “InterventionWas a tribute to ballroom icons Octavia St. Laurent and Danielle Revlon. Throughout the series, the main style of the mother of the house turned mogul was a gorgeous bob that could be both sculptural and flowing. For this whimsical look, Moe’s team had to use a braiding technique and one of the 100 backup wigs (in addition to the 20 cast wigs) used in season three.
the Pose the hairdressing team raised the bar for themselves by “Something old, something new, Creating unique looks for the multitude of brides at Angel’s wedding, the result of Elektra playing the role of fairy godmother for the many ballroom regulars. Angel’s cascade of curls had a more timeless look, while Elektra continued to serve Dynasty Blanca’s royalty and waves were pulled and pinned to the side to accentuate her tactile one-shoulder dress (made by Pray Tell, no less).
In any given episode, there are downtime, sartorial and otherwise. But “Chest”Could be the crowning glory of the hairdressing team. The flashback-filled episode highlights Elektra and how she became the mother of the House Of Abundance. Abused and misunderstood by her own mother, Elektra cared for other trans women like Blanca, Lulu, Candy and Angel, as well as young gay men like Lemar (Jason Rodriguez) and Cubby (Jeremy McClain). After facing her mother Tasha (Noma Dumezweni) one last time, Elektra collects a trunk full of her most precious possessions, which she willingly exchanges for money that will help her care for her children. The House of Plenty then made its debut, transforming a frightening reality into several fairy tales on the track, among which Blanca in Snow White, Angel in Red Riding Hood through Red Sonja, Lulu in Rapunzel, Elektra in the Wicked. Queen, Candy like Sleeping Beauty. Moe and her team pay homage to fierce women, Blanca’s pixie cut reminiscent of Toni Braxton’s while Angel’s curly curls give off Brigitte Nielsen vibes. Lulu and Candy’s looks are even more complex: Sahar was to have the 50-foot, 20-pound braid “bolted” to his wig, while Ross’s look incorporated multiple wigs and a pillow.
The results are, as always, effortless, as if Elektra is simply waving a magic wand and transforming her children into dominant forces on the track they have become. But as the once domineering mother notes in the series finale, ballroom competitions weren’t just fantasy – they were drills for anything they’d get in real life. the Pose hair team has had a lot of practice and recognition, but it’s time for Emmy voters to make their dreams come true.