‘Legendary’ heralds loud, proud ball culture

  • Leiomy Maldonado from the series “Legendary.”

  • This image released by HBO Max shows Dashaun Wesley, center, with contestants on the series “Legendary.” The series lifts the veil off the underground world of ballroom culture, in which historically black and Latino LGBT youths compete in elaborate performances on a runway. (Photos by HBO Max/via AP)

  • This image released by HBO Max shows Dominique Jackson from the series “Legendary.” The series lifts the veil off the underground world of ballroom culture, in which historically black and Latino LGBT youths compete in elaborate performances on a runway.

  • Judges, from left, Law Roach, Megan Thee Stallion, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado and Dominique Jackson.

LOS ANGELES — FX’s fictionalized hit show “Pose” introduced many to the underground world of ballroom culture, in which historically black and Latino LGBT youths compete in elaborate performances on a runway.