Starting as a photography project back in November 2010, Humans of New York (HONY) has evolved into a dynamic photoblog featuring photos and captions that bring people’s stories to life. If you are active on social media, or even if you browse through your feeds every now and then, you have likely encountered a HONY feature at least once.
If you are an avid follower of HONY’s portraits, you will see that the featured stories are so diverse that they trigger different emotions. Some will make you laugh, some will make you reflect on deep things about life, while others are so over-the-top that you almost feel like you are watching a series on Netflix.
That is exactly how people on the Internet reacted to the story of a woman who goes by the name Tanqueray. In November 2019, HONY creator and photographer Brandon Stanton shared her life story, which blew up and became so viral that Stanton featured her in three installments.
The viral reception from the Internet began when Stanton photographed the former dancer, who talked about her life after getting kicked out of home at 17. After that, Tanqueray went on to have some of the craziest experiences. From making costumes for strippers to dressing up like a drag queen with mink coats and 5-inch heels, she has certainly had her share of adventure.
Indeed, Tanqueray dropped some major truth bombs and, as Internet users call it, spilled extremely hot tea in her three-part feature, and readers were hooked, to say the least. Her crazy adventures and experiences from such a young age made people feel like they were living such plain lives. To date, Tanqueray continues to be one of the most iconic HONY stars known to readers because of her wild stories that could easily rival some of the top movies and shows on Netflix.
Now, the viral star is back, and readers are thrilled. On September 21, 2020, Stanton revealed in an Instagram post that he actually had a series of 20 interviews with Tanqueray, whose real name is Stephanie, and he will be unfolding her whole life story over the course of 32 posts. This new installment will be accompanied by a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for Stephanie’s medical costs due to her declining health. As of September 30, the campaign had managed to raise over $2.5 million.
In the first post of the new 32-part series, Stephanie talked about how thousands of men would line up in Time Square whenever she was dancing, so she could sign the cover of their magazines. She then followed this with a retelling of her childhood in the second post, where she talked about her experiences while growing up in a neighborhood in Hill Street, followed by her not-so-close relationship with her mother, who mentioned never wanting kids.
To continue reading this special story coverage, you can head over to HONY’s Facebook or Instagram page. Given how captivating the first two posts were, you are sure to fall in love with Stephanie’s life story by tuning in to the rest of the posts.