Stephanie Johnson and Brandon Stanton
She is a woman as fabulous, unbowed, and irresistible as the city she lives in. Meet Tanqueray.
In 2019, Humans of New York featured a photo of a woman in an outrageous fur coat and hat she made herself. She instantly captured the attention of millions. Her name is Stephanie Johnson, but she's better known to HONY followers as "Tanqueray," a born performer who was once one of the best-known burlesque dancers in New York City. Reeling from a brutal childhood, immersed in a world of go-go dancers and hustlers, dirty cops and gangsters, Stephanie was determined to become the fiercest thing the city had ever seen. And she succeeded.
Real, raw, and unapologetically honest, this is the full story of Tanqueray as told by Brandon Stanton — an audiobook filled with never-before-told stories of Tanqueray's struggles and triumphs through good times and bad, personal photos from her own collection, and glimpses of New York City from back in the day when the name "Tanqueray" was on everyone's lips. (From Macmillan Publishers)
Stephanie Johnson is best known as "Tanqueray," the burlesque dancer who took New York City by storm in the seventies and then became an online media sensation in 2020 when photographed for Humans of New York. She lives in Manhattan. Tanqueray is her first book.
Brandon Stanton is a photographer, writer and the creator of the viral social media presence, Humans of New York. He is also the creator of the bestselling books Humans, Humans of New York, and Humans of New York: Stories as well as the children's book, Little Humans.