Pepper Labeija was a drag queen and a fashion designer. She served as mother of the House of Labeija, beginning in 1981, which she led for over 20 years.
A competitor and a coach
Pepper competed in hundreds of balls, and she is believed to have won approx. 250 trophies. Pepper was able to earn an income from her work as a modeling coach.
Starring in How Do I Look
Pepper Labeija was a first generation and a true Icon in the Ballroom community.
At the time when Wolfgang was videotaping balls, Pepper was already in a wheelchair, because of diabetes.
Wolfgang was able to videotape Pepper at the balls and at honorings by the local community.
Pepper was supportive of How Do I Look, and Wolfgang visited Pepper during her last days in the hospital in Manhattan.
Unfortunately, Wolfgang didn't have an opportunity to do a one-on-one interview with Pepper.
Pepper passed away on May 14, 2003, leaving behind two children and her loving mom.
More about How Do I Look
Pepper Labeija starred in How Do I Look, an independent vogue (dance) documentary released in 2006 that gives us a cinematic look at some of the legends, icons, and members of ballroom community that influenced pop culture around the world.
(c) Art From The Heart Films, all rights reserved