As you unfortunately know, Miley Cyrus has put twerking on the map for mainstream America. The fascination with twerking has even moved reputable media outlets such as ABC News and The New York Times to investigate the roots of the phenomenon. Although many of us learned how to twerk like we learned how to double-dutch as pre-teens, we should give our props to online sensation, The Twerk Team. It was the Twerk Team that exposed how to look back at it and drop it sans the teddy bears and Robin Thicke. When asked by Life & Times Magazine, if they feel Miley has taken away their shine by making twerking equitable with her brand, the twosome said:
“We don’t feel any way about it but I feel like people want us to. Our whole movement is about girl power, so if you’re black, white or Asian you can twerk. But Miley Cyrus twerking is not our twerking. She’s just a fan who is showing it to a whole different ethnic group, you have to give her her props for that.”
Five years ago, Lady Lucious and her sister Mizz Twerksum were found virally shaking their rumpas to Soulja Boy’s “She Got a Donk” on YouTube. Since then, their empire has grown tremendously. They have launched a twerk-apparel line, mixtapes, and “Teach Me How To Twerk” DVD. The sisters are also shopping around a reality show. Their YouTube videos have helped them become background dancers for rappers Wacka Flocka and French Montana and Wale has even hired The Twerk Team to appear in his “Clappers” remix video. You may think, thanks to Miley, the Twerk Team’s fame has grown but that’s not necessarily the truth. Lady Lucious stated:
“You can’t mention twerk without the official Twerk Team. Our shows were good before Miley Cyrus said anything about Twerk.”
Lady Luscious also noted their show fee starts at $5,000 and are steadily climbing; therefore, Miley is not stopping their business one bit.
Lady Lucious, 22, and Mizz Twerksum, 21, did attend college briefly but decided it was not the right fit for their career aspirations. On their decision to drop out of college, Mizz Twerksum said:
“We go around the world to places like South Africa and the Bahamas, meet our fans and live how we want to live.”
Though no one is sure how long the fascination with twerking will last, one should raise the question : Will there be a hierarchy of twerking? Life & Times notes, given the fame of twerking the Twerk Team may not appear on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, despite the fact they are a part of the twerking industry along with New Orleans’ Big Freedia and Amazon Ashley. It makes you question if the race and bodies that were founded with twerking will be accepted by Mainstream America. The Twerk Team has, of course, received backlash for their dance moves. To that, their momager Leslie Willis, replies:
“It ain’t like they’re taking off their clothes, and that’s the first thing that people want to criticize. Just being in the industry period you’re going to hear it and everyone’s entitled to their opinion. But these are my baby girls, and really I could give a sh!t less.”
See The Twerk Team below twerking on water. Do you think their twerking business will last?