Octavia passed away on may 17th, 2009 due to complications with cancer
Jennie Livingston’s late 80’s documentary “Paris is Burning” has emerged as required viewing for anyone interested in the intricacies of glamour, subculture, and queer identity, uncovering a hidden history of house culture, balls, and voguing competitions. The individuals Jennie speaks with share a common struggle of reconciling their urban desperation and their aspirations for the glamorous and fantastic. Octavia St. Laurent Mizrahi exemplified this duality and the courage required to grasp at the stars, to take what lot in life you’ve been given and go beyond it, and to create a world entirely your own.
As the documentary gains in popularity and house culture continues to thrive and even become accepted, it’s through the lives of individuals like Octavia, her relentless dedication to beauty, and her steadfast commitment to maintaining a life of grace, that has inspired a whole generation of dreamers; women, men, gay, straight, black, white, rich, and poor. We all are somebody.