A Woman to Know: Octavia St. Laurent

I'm blessed because you're still interested in Octavia St. Laurent. — Octavia St. Laurent

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Before the performance queen and trans icon starred in the legendary voguing doc, "Paris is Burning," she was already a well-known name in NYC's drag ball scene.

When doctors diagnosed her with cancer in 2008, she embraced her new bald head. Chemotherapy, she said, made her look "even fiercer." Before she died in 2009, she had legally (and fittingly) changed her name to "Heavenly Angel Octavia St. Laurent."

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