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Queen of New York: The Legendary Life of HONY’s Tanqueray

It starts out as a typical Humans of New York Instagram post. The speaker is a flamboyantly dressed woman who tells a tale about being kicked out and arrested as a teenager. But within a few sentences, it becomes clear that this woman has lived one helluva life. Tanqueray—whose real name is Stephanie Johnson—shares how her costume design skills earned her jobs dressing entertainers in 1970s New York.

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From attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and wearing stolen mink coats from Bergdorf Goodman, to working in mob-controlled clubs and ending a relationship that nearly destroyed her life, Tanqueray has seen it all. So, who is Tanqueray, the woman who seems to have EVERYONE talking?