Variety‘s Marc Malkin interviewed the stars of FX’s Pose, whose second season premieres tonight on FX, about using Madonna’s classic hit “Vogue” in the episode.
Dominque Jackson, who plays Elektra, recalled watching the “Vogue” music video when she was growing up in Tobago. “I thought to myself, wait, those men have to be different so it made me realize I could be who I am,” she told Variety. “So every time I listen to ‘Vogue,’ it’s liberation for me.”
The song is played in the first episode of the FX series to not only mark that there’s been jump of about three years between the first and second seasons, but also to show how the anthem helped the ballroom scene of mostly LGBTQ people of color cross over into pop culture.
“[Madonna] has been astounding to work with and so generous but it still takes time because at the time that we started we thought we were going to end the season with ‘Vogue’ and then as the story evolved it made more sense to move forward and launch it with ‘Vogue’ so it’s been an ongoing process for about eight months. But we got the call and not only did they say, ‘You can use it, but you get to use it twice.’”Variety