It’s taken AGES to finally sit down and watch this. Soooo good. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s about the group of kids in New York that inspired Madonna to write Vogue. They basically invented it. But that’s too simple an explanation really. Just watch it.

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.