Big Freedia has been making a living twerking for years, but today the New Orleans artist added herself to the record books. The Queen Of Bounce and 300 other people set the new world record new world record for most people twerking at one time and in one location, Herald Square in New York City.
The crowd at Herald Square was divided by barricades into twerkers and onlookers as participants were given a wristband, tallied by Guinness World Records staff (Big Freedia wasn’t fooling around here) and handed a flyer that outlined specific rules for what would qualify as an acceptable twerk. At this point people could be overheard saying “Have you been training for this?” and “Pace yourself, it’s a marathon not a sprint.” Crowds grew steadily until a quarter past noon, at which point everyone got what they came for…
Despite constant shameless plugging by Big Freedia for her new show on Fuse, and the inescapable jostling that comes with any big crowd, the actual moment of record-setting twerking was a pretty positive and genuine moment. After all, what’s wrong with a big crowd of people blasting hip hop and getting weird on a Wednesday afternoon?
Soon after the twerking came to an end, representatives from Guinness presented Big Freedia with a certificate confirming the new world record.
Big Freedia’s new reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, premiers on Fuse TV on October 2 at 11 p.m. Check out photos from today’s event in the gallery.
Photo: Scott Harris/Gothamist