Tell us about yourself, where are you from?
I am originally from Paris. I was born and raised there. My Dad is Greek, from Athens; and I used to go very often to Greece too. I feel just as French as I do Greek.
Where are you currently living?
I am based in Paris. I love the city but I love also that I am travelling so much for work. I just came back from Tokyo and Novosibirsk, Russia.
What is your creative background? How did you get into dance?
I started at a young age in my neighbourhood conservatory. I started with ballet, and then did some contemporary, and after I got a little older I went to New York and trained in styles like street jazz, heels, modern, and then later I found out about Vogueing which evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene in the 1960s.
What is your favourite style of dance?
My style of heart is Vogueing. It’s what makes me feel the most free and is closest to my personality. I also love to watch flamenco; it is so strong and intense in the body language.
What inspires you?
I love every form of art. As a dancer I’m not just interested in the dance world, but I love to go to museums and see paintings, music, theatre, movies etc. All forms of art can inspire my dancing and my fantasies. Fashion is also very inspiring, especially for Vogueing as we create many of our own outfits.
Who are your muses?
I admire all types of women that stand for their rights. I don’t idealise singers or actresses even though I do admire a lot of artists. For me it’s more the regular women that are working hard every day for a cause that I look up to.
Vogueing is often seen as an art form more than a dance, do you consider yourself an artist?
I just dance and try to give emotions to people through dance. An artist can be anyone who creates any type of art, famous or not. I think we can all be artists in a way, as long as we do something that involves our emotions, something that we are passionate about.
Tell us more about House of Ninja, how did you get into this?
I heard about House of Ninja while I was in New York. I used to watch so many videos of Benny Ninja and Javier Ninja. I was lucky I got to train with the legendary Benny, Archie, and Javier who are icons of the House of Ninja. I later met Lasiandra in Paris who invited me to join the House of the Paris chapter. The House of Ninja is one if the oldest houses of Vogueing. Its history is incredible and it is a privilege and a pride to be a part of it.
What is your most memorable experience working in Vogueing?
I have so many! One was winning a very famous battle called Vogue Knight in New York; another is to represent the house on stage with choreographic performances. It is also always amazing when you are chosen to Vogue for a designer or a commercial that appreciate your Vogueing. I remember Vogueing for a video for Vogue US wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Place de la Republique in Paris. That was Vogueing in Vogue! Also recently a video I did with my partner went viral and we became a meme, haha!
You are a muse to so many other creative people, what advice would you give to young talents?
Not to change for people. I would say not to fake who you are to be liked by others or to please clients. Stay true to yourself and your personality will make you wanted for who you are.
What are your future plans? Do you have any dreams or ambitions?
I have to say that 2018 has begun with achieving a lot of dreams! I firstly shot the next Gaspar Noe movie, which will be part of the 2018 Cannes film festival. This really was a dream come true, first of all to be in an actual movie and secondly to get to experience the Cannes film festival!
I more recently was chosen to dance in the upcoming Jean Paul Gaultier dance show which will begin next October in a famous theatre in Paris. To be part of such a show is also another big ambition of mine. I will be Vogueing, dancing and acting on stage wearing iconic outfits by JPG, such as the famous Madonna corset! There are great connections with the show; Madonna used to hang out with Willi Ninja (the found of the House of Ninja), JPG made her most famous corset, and now I will be a part of the JPG show, Vogueing on stage to Madonna’s most iconic song!
Is body confidence important to you? Do you think dancing has helped you become more confident?
I definitely think dance has brought me confidence. Vogueing especially, to assume and feel strong about my femininity and sexuality. But it has also taught me that it can be a superficial industry and not to become too serious about it. I have seen some dancers become egocentric, working only with the image of their bodies. In the end our body is only the material that allows us to express emotions, so the most important thing is to take care of our insides first.
What was your favourite part of the Bordelle AW19 campaign photoshoot?
The whole thing was amazing. From meeting Alex and Anna in Paris, to visiting London to have the fitting, to the amazing shoot that we created! It was so much fun with a really loving team. You have to feel good and confident wearing these amazing creations and that’s how I felt with all the Bordelle team on set.
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
I loved the Spanish inspired Amaya collection, so strong and powerful! The colours and the lace are just beautiful.
You are such a strong woman, what advice would you give to other women about empowering themselves and feeling confident?
I think the most important thing is not to take anything too seriously. I feel that someone who is proud of the person she is, of what she accomplishes for herself and others is what makes a woman shine. There will always be certain clothes or makeup that will make you stand out, but for me true beauty comes from inside, and it’s true that this then shows on the outside.
Lea Vlamos has worked with numerous designers and artists. Below is just a selection of her work:
Commercial Makeup Forever directed by Rankin.
Feder music video Breath, directed by Rankin
Stromae music video Defiler, choreographed by Marion Motin
Le Bon Marché commercial directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Gaspar Noe movie Climax
Jean Paul Gaultier couture show winter 2018
Rick Owens show summer 2016
Issey Miyake catalogues shot by Francis Giacobetti
Nike air vapormax video shot by Yvan Fabing
Hermes fashion show in Shanghai choreographed by Marion Motin and directed by Jean Paul Goude