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Big Freedia Sets Twerking World Record In New York City’s Herald Square

Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images

New Orleans bounce rapper and star of Fuse’s new show, ‘Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce’, captured the Guinness World Record for Most People Twerking Simultaneously earlier today in New York City’s Herald Square.

Hundreds gathered, and hundreds twerked in unison; all to help the 504 musician set the world record for the most people twerking together at one time. An official Guinness judge was on hand – fully equipped with a clipboard and a jacket that made him look super official – as close to 400 people ranging from age 8 to 80 assembled to get their record-breaking twerk on.

So how exactly, does one set world record for twerking?

Before Freedia performed her hit single ‘Excuse’ for the twerk-thirsty crowd with her mother looking on and paramedics on standby (hey, twerking can get dangerous, ya know?), the Guinness World judge explained the rules in detail.

1. Body must remain upright, with movement concentrated in hips
2. Participants can put hands on knees or hips for support
3. Twerking action cannot comes from knees – hips only
4. Freestyling or additional choreography not permitted – no hands on the ground, feet in the air, twirling, etc.
5. Twerking action must be synchronized, can be at own pace
6. All participants must twerk simultaneously for two minutes when Big Freedia gives the signal
7. Any performers who do not participate fully for the entire two minutes will be deducted from the final total

According to the judge, a minimum of 250 people would be needed to set the record, but by the time Freedia ended her five-second countdown and the twerking began, the crowd had swelled to hundreds beyond the number needed to capture the title.

But what did it all mean to Freedia?

It would open a lot of doors and set history for bounce music and let the world know that we’ve been twerking for a long time. This is not new at all. Now it’s time to set the record.

Super producer/headlining DJ, Diplo, and his movement to #ExpressYourself made suburban college girls all over the world pop their backsides on a handstand via social media for the world to see. From unicorn onesies to the VMA stage, Miley Cyrus can’t stop shaking her money maker (or the lack thereof). As a matter of fact, she’s probably twerking somewhere at this very moment.

Artists like the ones mentioned above, along with many others make twerking seem like “all the new rage,” when in fact it has been going on in Freedia’s hometown of New Orleans for decades now.

When something get hot, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon and act like they created it.

Today Big Freedia brought the title home, but make no mistake – she vows to keep “spreading the gospel of bounce music” and will continue teaching people that it’s all “about having a good time and that anybody can do it.”

Check out the photos from Big Freedia’s Guinness World Record-setting NYC twerk fest.

Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images

Don’t miss the new TV series ‘Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce’ premiering Oct 2 at 10p central on Fuse.

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