Since its conception, FX's 'Pose' has been all about diversity, and not just for the sake of it. The Ryan Murphy show set shop in New York of the 1980s and took us on an underground tour of the ballroom culture and the various houses mothered by gay men and transgender women who offered shelter to the queer boys and girls who were abandoned by their families. In this journey, we get to see various shades of transgender and various shades of black and all of them have one thing in common - fight.
Be it MJ Rodriguez's Blanca or Dominique Jackson's Elektra, these women have grit and tenacity that has been developed over the course of many adversities that they had to overcome. Between these two extremes of mothers, we meet Candy Ferocity, portrayed brilliantly by Angelica Ross, whose fight is a little different from that of Blanca or Elektra. She is the epitome of perseverance and is a force of nature and we may finally see her getting a win in season 2, based on MEA WorldWide's (MEAWW) chat with Ross.
"In Season 2, we will not only see Candy’s redemption, but we will also see Candy get her life and be liberated when she finally finds her category," says Ross regarding her badass character, who is paying no mind to the taunts of those around her. "Candy’s new body has finally settled in, and she’s not afraid to show it. She is also not afraid to stand up to Elektra. Candy is a grown woman now," says the actress. Moreover, "She has her mind on her money. Candy Ferocity is focused on claiming her fame."
Ross, who serves as an executive producer for the series 'King Ester', which was the official selection of the American Black Film Festival and is breaking ground at film festivals across the globe, also made it clear that she has no time for people judging Candy's life choices. Says Ross, "I don’t believe that the actions of a Black trans woman that is dealing with the challenges Candy faces, need to be justified. How can we judge someone who is doing their best to look out for themselves when no one else will? Even though Candy has the other girls in the House of Ferocity, none of them know what it’s like to be a dark-skinned, Black trans woman in the ballroom, nor on the streets, but I do," she says, further adding that her portrayal of Candy is a homage to all the other girls who know what that’s like.
Ross also says that if it were up to her, she would show Candy’s growth and show her succeed in an alternate universe where she becomes a stylist. "I’d show a Black trans woman thriving, and struggling to find love while dealing with reality. Candy would have the chance to live some of her dreams, if not all of them," she says.
Hopefully, we will get to see it within the 'Pose' universe in the near future. Don't forget to catch season 2 episode 3 of 'Pose' titled 'Butterfly/Cocoon' which airs on June 25.