When you go to a Teyana Taylor production, you’re at a Teyana Taylor production. That’s the point the the star’s new documentary, Assembly Required: Teyana Taylor’s House of Petunia documentary is looking to make. Chronicling the creation of Taylor’s House of Petunia concert that happened during the Red Bull Music Festival in New York last year — they also did it in Atlanta — the doc shows just how involved Taylor is with every aspect of persona as an artist. At one point she becomes upset because a former employee stole the cameras that she bought as an investment into her own business. She's committed.
But while so many parts of the performance (dancers, cameos, lighting, styling) get a deep dive, one part that is left out is one of our favorites: the voguing.
Though the name House of Petunia is ostensibly based off of the ballroom scene, ballroom is largely missing from Assembly Required. The omission is a little weird given Taylor’s longstanding support of the community and could have gone a way in giving context for the name of the show. The only inclusion comes in the form of Dremon Cooper, known in the ballroom scene as Destiny West.
Cooper’s appearance comes some 58 minutes into the film, once things actually turn to concert footage. And while Teyana doesn’t explain why they are included, or how they met, or anything really, fans of ballroom and true fans of the singer know that her track “WTP" is based off of a popular ballroom classic “Work This Pussy.”
“Super Bitch, let’s go,” Taylor says at a pause during the concert. The headliner referred to a character Cooper created on Instagram named Super Bitch. In skits, Super Bitch pops up to save the day in more than a few sticky situations, wearing his trademark over the knee boots. In fact, the character made such an impression that Lee Daniels said he is working to bring Super Bitch to bigger screens.
In Taylor’s concert and documentary, Cooper serves up the high flying flips he’s become known for after catwalking down the runway.
“You’re one of the voguing divas,” Taylor chants. “You’re making it H-O-T, you’re making it hot for me.” And just like that, in 45 seconds it’s over.
Watch the full Assembly Required: Teyana Taylor's House of Petunia below. See Cooper's part at 58:10.