Q Magazine Atlanta | February 21, 2019

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How They

Queer women reclaim patriarchal archetypes in the sexiest way

Coco Rose

By Mike Fleming


he women of Metropolitan Studios have taken their love for movement, body positivity and LGBTQ storytelling, and turned it into much more than just a dance studio with classes, a cool East Atlanta event space, or a queer burlesque troupe in shows around Atlanta. “Through identifying the importance of artistic self-expression, representation of marginalized communities and the need for an inclusive and safe space for women, Metropolitan Studios was born,” says Roula Roulette, this week’s Q cover model and one of the six troupe members in this week’s photo essay. Metropolitan member Talloolah Love agrees that the studio has become an artistic haven for makers of all kinds and any allied community that needs a space to create. “When we created this space, it was because we needed a safe space for women to come together to learn burlesque, but it’s so much more than that now,” she says. “We want people who come into Metropolitan to feel supported, inspired, and liberated.” One of those people is the troupe member channeling Josephine

Photos by James L. Hicks jhicksphotography.net Hair/Wigs: Talloolah Love Makeup: Kellyn Wiley @atelier.kellynwilley 22