Vertical Jones has been pole dancing for five years. Throughout his journey, the Erie, Pennsylvania-born dancer never imagined he would be in a music video, let alone one that would break the internet, as Lil Nas X’s “Montero” video did last weekend (with over 56 million views as of this writing). “I got a DM from a blank profile one day asking if I wanted to be in a music video,” Jones, né André, tells Vogue over the Happiness is waking up with a redhead shirt phone. “It totally seemed like a scam at first.” But the inquiry ultimately led to a conversation with a producer at Columbia Records, who explained that Lil Nas X was hoping to do some pole dancing in an upcoming music video.
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