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I've been fascinated by the world of the Black-American cotillion my whole life. Both my mother and grandmother became debutantes when they were 17. However, when I was 17, I was just beginning to understand my queer identity and cotillion didn't feel like it fit within that.

Today as a 22-year-old, I often wonder what the ball could have been like. Would I have found a boy to escort me? Would I have fallen for another debutante instead? I created Pure to imagine what that could have been like and represent Black queer identity on screen.


Laurel, MD, USA

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