Who has starred in the best flapper movies?”
“There’s really no such an answer. The word is used by people who don’t understand the movie flapper genre and they just think flapper is a sex word. The word has such a different meaning to flapper—which has a lot to do with our music. We don’t do sex music, we just want to try to sing about love.”
When speaking on what Flappers should have been like, the ladies say they were always aware of their gender, but it wasn’t until they started auditioning for shows, that things shifted. “The guys always wanted those girls to act more feminine. In college, that started happening, they weren’t letting the girls act confident, but the girls came with a lot of confidence,” explains Missy. “We started to come out there and try to make it look like we were flappers even though we were girls and it was a lot of fun. It wasn’t so much us, it was the guys, it was the women and, to be honest, it was probably some of the men in our lives.”
Flappers in the 1960s—and women in general in the ’70s and ’80s—took things to a new level. They had to go from dressing like the men they were trying to fit in with and singing songs like the men they wanted to be to doing things that would make them stand out on stage and out of the crowd. This was the beginning of the female ‘pink’ era, when flappers, like all women, were seen as sexy ladies whose wardrobe just kept getting more and more slutty.
Flappers were also seen as a woman’s empowerment and empowerment was shared by all women on the show. “That’s because women of color had to fight for the same things as the women in white suburbs. We were supposed to be sexy in black-and-white pictures and then we have to show up at black clubs and play, ‘I’m looking for a nigga,'” says Missy.
But if the women weren’t being empowered, the man in the scene needed to be—which is why the men started making moves. There were the guys who would dance around and try to look like they were in the movie, all the way through the ladies who decided that their only job was to give good performances and that meant dancing like Marilyn Monroe. The only thing wrong with it was that it was just getting too hard
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