Who is Leiomy Maldonado?
Leiomy Maldonado is a transgender Afro-Puerto Rican ballroom dancer, dance instructor, model, actress, and LGBTQ activist. She is popularly known for her unique voguing skills and is often referred to as the “Wonder Woman of Vogue”.
Leiomy Maldonado was born on April 28, 1987, in the Bronx, USA. She is 36 years old as of October 2023.
About Leiomy Maldonado’s parents
Information about Leiomy Maldonado’s biological parents is scarce at the moment as she does not discuss them very often. According to reports, Leiomy Maldonado took care of her HIV-diagnosed father up until his death. It is also reported that she grew up with her two older brothers and a verbally abusive grandmom. She reportedly has an aunt called Sylvia who was very supportive when other members of her family stopped talking to her due to her gender identity.
However, Leiomy Maldonado strongly identifies with her ballroom family. She is a member of the Mizrahi House with Jack Mizrahi as her father, and Kelly Mizrahi as her mother. She later started her own house called the “House of Amazon” where she is the mother.
About Leiomy Maldonado’s siblings
As of the time of publishing this article, there is very little information about Leiomy’s siblings in the media. According to reports, Leiomy Maldonado has two older brothers but the state of her relationship with them is not known.
About Leiomy Maldonado’s gender identity and transition
Leiomy Maldonado identifies as a transgender woman. According to reports, Leiomy Maldonado noticed that she is attracted to guys from the early age of five or six. She thought she was gay at first but later realised she wanted to be like a woman. She got exposed to the LGBTQ community after being introduced to voguing at the age of 15 at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx.
She started her transition by taking hormones at the age of 19 and undertook her first surgery in 2015. Leiomy Maldonado is the first-ever openly transgender woman to appear on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 4, in 2009.
Leiomy Maldonado’s height
Leiomy Maldonado’s height is currently measured to be 5″7 inches or 170cm.
Wiki profile of Leiomy Maldonado
|Full name||Leiomy Maldonado|
|Age||36 years old|
|Date of birth||April 28, 1987|
|Place of birth||The Bronx, New York|
|Career||Ballroom dancer, Dance instructor, Model, Actress|
|Net worth||$5 million (est.)|
How Leiomy Maldonado started her career
Leiomy Maldonado started her dancing career at the age of 16 after she was introduced to voguing at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. According to her, a mentor had given her a VHS tape to watch and she instantly fell in love with voguing after watching the tape. She got into the limelight in the 2000s after inventing a new energetic and dramatic style of voguing.
In 2009, Leiomy Maldonado became the first-ever openly transgender woman to appear on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (fourth instalment). She was a member of the dance troupe “Vogue Evolution” on the show. Her group made it to the top 5. Her signature hair-flip move called “The Leiomy Lolly” during the show is reported to have been adopted by American celebrity singers like Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears in their choreography routines.
Leiomy Maldonado also appeared in Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” music video, where she did her signature hair moves. Leiomy Maldonado is credited as one of the choreographers for the ballroom scenes in the TV series “Pose”. She also played the role of “Florida Ferocity” in the series. In 2020, she was named one of the judges on the HBO Max show “Legendary” (a dance competition inspired by the ballroom culture), alongside Megan Thee Stallion, Jameela Jamil, and Law Roach.
About Leiomy Maldonado’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (October 2023), Leiomy Maldonado is not married and does not yet have a husband. Maldonado is presumed to be single as of the time of writing as she has not publicly acknowledged anyone as her partner.
In a 2015 interview, Leiomy Maldonado admitted that she would love to get married someday, adopt kids and raise them.
List of Leiomy Maldonado’s past and boyfriends
As of October 2023, Leiomy Maldonado has not been publicly associated with anyone romantically. The dancer may have chosen to remain single or perhaps has simply mastered the art of keeping her private life off the media.
Leiomy Maldonado’s children
As of the time of publishing this article (October 2023), Leiomy Maldonado does not yet have any biological children. She is however the supreme mother of the House of Amazon with many drag and ballroom children under her house.