For runway contestants, the tall division, regardless to gender
The street-savvy look; also, looking like "rough trade"
A tie breaker; a chance for the contestant to show up his opponent. (See
A class of ball competitors, usually 250 lbs. and over; "Luscious" for
A challenge; call of defiance; "Come on down, you're the next contestant..."
Sometimes contestants are allowed to "call out" a rival
A masculine female, usually lesbian
A gay male, ranging from "straight acting" to flamboyant
A gay male in women's clothes that is not taking hormones. Some
can actually pass for women, but this is not required unless specified
by the category
rhymes and raps used by the emcee to liven up competition
To disqualify (as in contestant); process of elimination..."Thank you,
have a nice day." Also "hi-Yah" and "pack"
"Don't come for me, 'cause you don't want it..."
by illegal means- credit card or check writing scams usually; "Miss Thing,
that Galliano gown was crafted...";
Ultra feminine; also, interchangeable with "ovah"
A category for aspiring designers and home sewers. "The garment must be
made by YOU!"
A house leader (without regard to gender)
To be totally absorbed in the moment
The opening ceremonies. The hosting house's members are introduced, along
with the categories they represent. Mother and Father are introduced last,
for maximum effect
A title paired with a particular category winner, either currently or
consistently. Examples include: label god (always "serves" this category-
head to toe, and often layers), and face goddess (dare anyone defy her?)
Disqualification from competition or a category, taken from the fictitious
Karate cry; also "chop" or "pack"
A social group, clique, club, posse, family, fraternity (usually gay)
A ballroom history maker; beyond the status of a Legend.
Noun: a close pal; adjective: characterized by favoritism, as in a judge that
gives high scores based on friendship.
A multi- trophy winner, with a ballroom history; A veteran
(Rhymes with "give") to enjoy oneself immensely; "I lived at that
For runway contestants, the petite or short division; anyone shorter
than male/female model industry standards
vs. Luscious (Body)
Two separate female or FQ categories, the later leans toward full-figured
Model's vs. Muscular (Body)
Two separate male categories, the later leans toward bodybuilding
Variation of "over", meaning "very impressive", also "cunty" or "sickening";
"legendary" on occasion
To ignore and move on, as in an unfavorable judges' decision; "Pay
it. We'll get her after the ball"
A runway stunt in which you remove garment layers gracefully, down to
your best ensemble
son or daughter most likely to take the lead as mother or father, should
the current parents not continue their role; "Heir to the Throne"
To greatly surpass in performance. Also "destroy"
The art of insults; finding a flaw in your opponent and verbally showcasing
and exaggerating it (also "Deadly Daggers"); giving someone a "piece of
Someone currently known for winning a particular category. Rulers come
and go, but Legends are forever!
An undesirable person, or described as such; low rated
Acknowledge or give credit; "No shade, but I don't see it".
Underhanded dealings, where usually the "jokes on you"; "Judge number
two threw me shade..."
An up-and-coming Legend; a frequent winner that is making a name
An up-and-coming Star; not always winning,
but frequently "getting
Tens, Getting Your
To get a perfect score from the whole judges' panel, 10 being the
To make a grand show; bring the ballroom to its feet; also "work", "sell" and "serve"(all
usually accompanied by "goddammit" or "bitch")
Fictional character created to represent unfavorable elements of the ball
scene: excessive shade, petty bickering, etc.
First-timer, never walked (a particular category) ever.
To enter a category; "Miss Thing, you should not walk for "Face"...
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