Big Freedia broke a twerking world record in Herald Square (video)

The Queen of Bounce led a crowd of more than 300 to break the Guinness World Record for most people twerking simultaneously.

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  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

  • Photograph: Peter Kirby

    Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

Photograph: Peter Kirby

Big Freedia leads a crowd of more than 300 to create a twerk world record.

Signs that twerking may be reaching the apex of its cultural relevancy seem to be cropping up, including recent mentions in a New York Times op-ed and an official entry in the Oxford online dictionary. So it was really only a matter of time before somebody decided to ride the twerk wave into that pantheon of modern achievement: Guinness World Records.


Big Freedia, the New Orleans Bounce musician and self-proclaimed Queen of Twerking, accomplished exactly that earlier today, leading several hundred people in a record-setting twerk session in Herald Square. Blue-blazered Guinness World Record representatives were on hand for the event (meant to promote Freedia's upcoming Fuse reality show, Queen of Bounce), keeping a close eye out to ensure that the dancers were shaking their butts with the correct posture and form.


Helpfully, they provided criteria for what they consider a proper twerk. According to Guinness, it requires an upright back, hands on knees and an "up and down motion" of the backside. Their final tally found that 358 twerkers maintained proper form over a two-minute period—a new world record.


Our favorite moment of the event, though, had to be the ticket agent on her lunch break who made what we consider an even more impressive kind of twerking history: She became what must have been the first person to pull off the move while wearing a poster board advertising NYC tour-bus rates.



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