“She does something creative. It’s her hair, the way she’s standing. Maybe she’s involved in some kind of sport, because she’s fit. She’s got a certain air of confidence. She looks independent.” —Risa, 65
“She’s probably a clerical worker at a desk of some sort. Goes to art exhibits, hangs out with friends. She expresses herself, probably a very strong person.” —Tommy, 29
“She looks very calm but not polite.” —John, 30
“She’s a writer for a New York community newspaper. She looks creative and smart. She’s in a relationship, but not a legal one. A partnership.” —Chris, 31
Real-estate agent and entrepreneur, 43. “I currently live in the Bronx. I grew up in the Bronx but traveled all around. I like exploring. I like reading, writing, going to clubs. I love to see artistic things. I am a mother of one, a grandmother of one: a son and a grandson. My grandson is 5.
“I started my dance company, , in 1999. It was the first and only [at that time] school, studio, and company to specifically focus on the art of exotic dance and pole dancing in the United States. Maybe I seem like a more “in-your-face” type. [I’m] very strong, very assertive, very confident — I feel like you have to be … those are the main ingredients you need to make it, especially in New York. I hate anything clerical, really. I can’t sit too long. At [the time of this photo], I was still in my relationship — I was in a 20-year relationship, but we weren’t married. So, not a legal relationship. It ended recently, but we’re also business partners, and she’s my best friend.”
Jessica Boddy, Emma Grillo, and Sarah Nechamkin contributed reporting. On-set production by Jean Jarvis.