Warning: The following contains sexually suggestive videos and course language…. oh yeah, and lots of booty shaking (which should be obvious when it comes to Internet Twerking).
The Oxford Dictionary Online defines Twerking as: “Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.” That’s right; Twerking is in the Oxford Dictionary. In other words, it’s when someone shakes their booty. Generally, women perform the dance but several men can probably shake their backside just as well as some women.
Despite only recently becoming a mainstream word, twerking has been around for centuries. The dance can trace its roots back to several dances in West Africa. Initially the dance wasn’t as sexualized but became more sexualized in the 90s. The dance was very popular throughout New Orleans. It has been associated and connected with the hip-hop culture. Twerking is now featured in several different genres.
Twerking has become such a phenomenon that people who post videos of them twerking can become an overnight celebrity. With the help of Vine, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, several twerkers have become Internet celebrities. Other times, a famous celebrity will post a video online of them twerking that suddenly becomes the hottest topic on the Internet. So, now it’s time for us to drop it like it’s hot…okay, that was lame. Here is a look at 11 of the Hottest Internet Twerkers.
11 Jhonni Blaze
Jhonni Blaze is known as the Twerk Queen. She is a model, stripper and video vixen. She has appeared in several hip-hop videos for artists such as, French Montana and Chris Brown. She has also appeared on the cover of King and Hip Hop Weekly. She also appears on the reality series Love and Hip Hop: New York. Jhonni and her booty have been the talk of the Internet. She’s posted several videos on her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts that have many mesmerized. She’s also highly skilled in several musical instruments, such as, clarinet, piano, guitar, drums and the violin.
Obviously Rihanna's claim to fame isn't being an Internet Twerker, but she certainly can steal the spotlight from the most famous twerkers. Rihanna is widely regarded as one of the greatest female artists of all time. She has won several Grammy Awards and now she’s taking over the world of Internet twerking. Rihanna has released several critically and commercially acclaimed albums, such as Rated R, Talk That Talk and Unapologetic. She is known for her unique and evolving fashion sense, which she often puts on display on Instagram. In several of her videos and live performances, Rihanna dazzles her fans with incredible dance moves and with the astonishing ability to twerk her derriere. Recently, Rihanna returned home to Barbados to participate in the Island’s annual Crop Over Summer Festival. She posted a video on Instagram of her twerking the day away. The video has had everyone talking with the spotlight being on Rihanna’s twerking booty.
9 Michelle L’amour
Michelle L’amour is an international burlesque dancer. To describe her act, she uses the tagline, “The A** That Goes POW”. She began studying music at 15 and is trained in hip-hop, modern dance, jazz and ballet. She began performing burlesque striptease at 22. She won the Miss Exotic World title in 2005. She’s appeared on several shows performing stripteases, such as Showtime’s Sexual Healing and America’s Got Talent. The striptease she performed on America’s Got Talent became an Internet sensation. She has expanded into twerking and released a performance called “Butthoven’s 5th Symphony”. She does a very interesting twerk to the classic song by Beethoven. The video helped her became the center of attention on the Internet and had everyone talking about her classy bouncing booty.
8 Miley Cyrus
Here's another celebrity that has had quite the impact on Internet twerking. Miley Cyrus is often credited with bringing twerking to the mainstream world. However, twerking has been around long before Miley shook her booty. Miley Cyrus is a singer and actress. She first rose to fame in the starring role of the Disney Series Hannah Montana. She has transitioned from a teen idol to a controversial sex symbol. She is best known for the hit singles, “Party in The USA”, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”. In 2013, Miley caused a massive amount of controversy at the MTV Video Music Awards when she twerked all over Robin Thicke. This helped bring more attention to the dance.
7 Amber Rose
6 Anastasia Ashley
Anastasia Ashley is best known for being a big wave surfer. However, she proved that she’s more than just a surfer; she’s also an Internet twerker. Anastasia has won several big competitions, including the Triple Crown Rookie Of The Year Award, two National Scholastic Surfing Championships and the 2010 Pipeline Women’s Pro in Hawaii. She’s also appeared in Sports Illustrated Magazine (the Swimsuit Edition) and was featured in Maxim Magazine. A video was posted online of Anastasia going through her pre-surf routine and warm up at the SuperGirl Pro Tournament. This includes stretching, breathing exercises and twerking. She was filmed twerking prior to her surf. Her twerking video became one of the hottest topics on the Internet and has been viewed by millions.
5 The Pro Twerkers
The Pro Twerkers are a twerk team based out of South Africa. The team has made a name for themselves and taken the Internet by storm. The teams consists of Miss J, A$$ Plicid, Terry Berry, LadyKim and Sweet A** Koki. Former leader Queen Twerk, founded the group. Queen Twerk left the group to focus on other business ventures. The girls all knew each other prior to forming the team, and they quickly realized that they all had one key thing in common; they’re all skilled booty shakers. Their online videos created a buzz around them that helped launch their careers. They had a huge opportunity when they opened for hip-hop star Kanye West in Johannesburg. They continue to twerk up a storm online.
4 Elena Yatkina and The Fraules Dancing Centre
Internet Twerking is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. In 2014, a dance school out of Serbia had the Internet buzzing. The school is the Fraules Dancing Center and the founder of the school is Elena Yatkina. Elena and her students were featured in a Major Lazer video that went viral and amassed over 30 million views. Elena and the school have been visited by several of the top choreographers in the world, who work with big name celebrities such as, Janet Jackson and Beyonce. Elena has been dancing since she was a young child and dances several styles, including hip-hop, house and pop and lock. She also has a background in business that has helped her in expanding her business. Elena and several of her dancers have competed in competitions in Moscow, Sweden and Germany.
3 Twerk Team
Twerk Team consists of Mizz Twerksum and Lady Luscious. They are sisters and are managed by their mother, Leslie Willis. They first formed in 2005 in Atlanta. The team quickly became the hottest topic on the Internet when they released their twerking videos online. They first rose to fame when they uploaded a video of them twerking to Soulja Boy’s “She’s Got A Donk”. In its first week, the video got roughly one million views. This has opened up many doors and provided great career opportunities for the Twerk Team. They have appeared in videos and concerts for artists like, Waka Flocka, French Montana and Wale. They have also expanded their twerking careers into a music career and released the single, “Gangsta”. Despite moving on to a singing career, the Twerk Team promises that they’ll keep on twerking their derrieres.
2 Lexy Panterra
Lexy Panterra has found a way to work out and twerk at the same time with a good ol’ twerk out. Lexy Panterra is a fitness instructor, dancer and singer. She created a workout that combines twerking, cardiovascular exercise and elements of dancing. She isn’t a fan of traditional exercising and this led to her creating the Lex Twerkout. She has stated that she’s tried to create something that is fun, healthy and boosts self-confidence. Several celebrities use the Lex Twerkout, including Karreuche Tran, Tameka Cottle and Christina Milian. She has a YouTube channel, which features tutorials that include different twerking exercises, such as, the Red Nose and The Wobble.
1 Jessica Vanessa
Jessica Vanessa is the Internet sensation that is sweeping the nation. She is best known for her twerking videos on Vine. However, she’s more than just a booty that can bounce perfectly. Initially, she was focused on creating comedy Vines but rose to fame because of her twerking skills. Her initial comedy video featured her cleaning her room, but there was a twist. She was twerking and cleaning at the same time (please check with your doctor before cleaning and twerking). She quit her job working at a daycare to focus on her new career full time. She mostly promotes and adversities products, such as, Airheads and gaming apps. She has over 2 million followers and her fan base continues to grow.