'Voguing IS dancing' Michelle Visage's powerful statement following Strictly exit 7 months ago

'Voguing IS dancing' Michelle Visage's powerful statement following Strictly exit

"It was about shedding light on a group of people who deserve recognition."

Michelle Visage issued a powerful statement last night after being eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing. 

The RuPaul's Drag Race judge and partner Giovanni Pernice exited the BBC show yesterday after failing to impress the panel with their Voguing.

However, since her departure, Michelle has issued a notable statement detailing her reasons for the dance she and Giovanni chose, as well as her graciousness in elimination.

"I've learned in this life you must take big risks in order to affect change," she said on Instagram.

"Gio and I chose our couple's choice to Vogue to bring a part of the underground gay ballroom scene to a massive show like Strictly.

"We are SO proud of the dance we did, but for me, it wasn't about judges scores. It was about shedding light on a group of people who deserve recognition and would otherwise not get it."

Michelle said that throughout her career, she has tried to bring attention to the struggles, the talent, and the love that's present in the LGBTQIA+ community.

And in this case, it was through dancing.

 

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"Voguing IS dancing," she wrote.

"THANK YOU SO MUCH to EVERYONE for all the love you have shown me on this Strictly journey.

"Welcoming this 51-year-old mum into their lives through their telly weekly, voting for us, letting this American know she's welcomed into the British Public has meant SO much to me. I am BEYOND grateful."

Michelle and Giovanni were eliminated last night following a dance-off against Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard.

Strictly continues on BBC One next Saturday.