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Willi Ninja (1961–2006)

Willi is a self-taught dancer and has been involved in the ball scene since the early 1980s. He is the founder of the Legendary House of Ninja and until his death was the "Mother" of the House. Willi has been instrumental in bringing vogue to the masses and was the inspiration of Madonna's 1990 "vogue" video. He has worked with Malcolm McLaren, ... See full bio »

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 1993 Anthem (Short)
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 2013 The Little House That Could (Documentary)
 2007 Motherfucker: A Movie (Documentary)
 2006 Fashion News Live (TV Series)
- Episode #4.30 (2006) ... Himself
 2006 How Do I Look (Documentary)
 2005 I Want to Be a Hilton (TV Series)
Himself - Runway Coach
- Episode #1.4 ... Himself - Runway Coach
 2005 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series)
- Episode #4.29 (2005) ... Himself
 2004 E! True Hollywood Story (TV Series documentary)
- Trust Fund Babies (2004) ... Himself
 1991 The Joan Rivers Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 8 August 1991 (1991) ... Himself
 1990 Paris Is Burning (Documentary)
 1989 Tongues Untied (Documentary)
 1984 This Week's Music (TV Series)
- John Waite & Craig Wilde Live (1984) ... Dancer

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Featured dancer in Malcolm McLaren "Deep in Vogue" music-video


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