This upcoming’s Dancing With the Stars season will feature JoJo Siwa alongside a female partner, which will be the first time the show will feature a same-sex pairing.
“You’re making history, JoJo,” said the show’s host, Tyra Banks, told Siwa on Thursday at a Television Critics Association event. “This is history.”
Jojo, who shared in April that she identifies as pansexual, is elated for the opportunity.
“I think it breaks a wall that’s never been broken down before,” she said. “Not only do I now get to share with the world that you get to love who you want to love, but also, you get to dance with who you want to dance with. I think it’s really special.”
“There [are] a lot of barriers that we’re going to have to break through,” she said. “Who leads? How do you dress? What shoes do you wear? But I think it’s all something that I’m looking forward to.”
“It would be so incredible, it would mean so much to me — and I think so much to a lot of people around the world — if I partnered with another female,” Siwa said. “So right away, it wasn’t a question.”
Jojo’s pro partner will be shared when the show premieres next month, but she already has some thoughts of who it may be.
“I think Lindsay [Arnold] is awesome. Jenna [Johnson] is incredible. Britt [Stewart] is amazing,” Siwa said. “I think if I got one of those three I would just be so happy. I think their choreography is amazing.”
Siwa, who came out as LGBTQ+ in January, admitted to Instagram head Adam Mosseri this past June during Instagram and Facebook’s Creator Week how her signature hair bow is not the center of her look these days…
The style switch was not easy, according to Siwa — as she’s “worn a bow for obviously the last 18 years of [her] life.” But on her her birthday, she felt the winds of change.
“I just had my 18th birthday and it was right around my birthday that I realized, ‘I kinda wanna do my hair different today,’ ” Siwa recalled, adding she “came out to the world and to my family and essentially to myself,” the star shared. “It just felt like the right time and to do something different and to do something maybe a little bit more mature or a little upgrade,” she admitted.
And when Siwa’s mother asked her if it was “harder to come out to me or tell me that you wanna wear your hair different?” Siwa was quick to answer.
“I was like, ‘It surprisingly was harder to tell you that I wanted to wear my hair different,’ ” Siwa recalled telling her mother, Jessalynn.
“The bow is still a part of my life,” Siwa said. “I still love bows, I forever will. They’re who I am, but maybe I won’t wear it every day.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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