PhotosThe Many Michael Jacksons Honor an Icon Justin Jones08.02.14PhotosThe Many Michael Jacksons Honor an Icon After Jackson's death in 2009, author Lorena Turner began exploring the community of impersonators who continued to spread the pop legend's message and music. Justin Jones08.02.14 5:45 PM ETLorena TurnerDEV (Devra Gregory), Impersonator, San Diego, CA, 2009DEV works around San Diego and Los Angeles. She was a ballet dancer and decided to begin impersonating Michael Jackson after interacting with other performers who were female-to-male drag performers, and because of a geniune appreciation for the man himself. Two years ago she produced "Woman in the Mirror, A Dancer's Journey," a one woman show about her experience for which she won a Bravo SD Award. Lorena TurnerSean Vezina, Tribute Artist, Hollywood, California, 2012Sean worked for many years as a tribute artist on Hollywood Boulevard and, for a few years, on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. He started his work as a Michael Jackson performer by going door to door in his town in central California offering to dance for people. Sean is strongly committed to his work as Michael Jackson,"...I will be different," he recently wrote. Currently, he's living and performing in New Castle, PA. Lorena TurnerSantana Jackson, Tribute Artist, Clearwater, FL, 2012Turner met Jackson on the sidewalk next to Clearwater Beach in March of 2012, and returned three months later to photograph him there. At this time, he was the only MJ representer working on the west coast of Florida, performing in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Lorena TurnerJovan Rameau, Tribute Artist, Hollywood, CA, 2010.Rameau primarily works as Michael Jackson by posing with tourists on Hollywood Boulevard where he can earn $400 to $500 a day, but he has traveled internationally as well. In his representation, Rameau works to embody Michael Jackson’s demeanor—someone who is light in spirit with a physical fluidity. When Turner observed him on the boulevard in the fall of 2011, he was trying to save money to put on an autobiographical play about his life as a Haitian immigrant and MJ look alike. Lorena TurnerJ. Michael Lucas, Tribute Artist, Las Vegas, 2012. In the summer of 2012, which is when Turner met Lucas, he was in Harrah’s “Legends in Concert” show in Las Vegas performing both the Michael Jackson singing and dancing parts. Lucas also has his own recording career, with his own fan club, and performs in Myrtle Beach and Branson, Missouri. Lorena TurnerJenNJuice4MJ (Jen Amerson), Tribute Artist, Florence, S.C., 2012. Amerson lives with her two kids in South Carolina. She performs primarily for African-American families at birthday parties and local events. During the 'MJ season,' the months of June through the end of October, she can make enough to take care of her family. She makes a habit of returning to the dance floor after each show to pose with every person who wants to be photographed with her. Lorena TurnerThe Michael Jacksons / Hollywood MJ Christof (Christof Ryulin), Impersonator, Las Vegas, 2012.Ryulin has worked posing and performing on Hollywood Boulevard, and in the summer of 2012, he was also a celebrity impersonator dealer at the Imperial Palace (now called The Quad) in Las Vegas. He was the stand-in for Jackson on the poster for This Is It, the documentary that turned out to be Jackson’s last performance. Since Ryulin is the same height as Jackson was and the image is in silhouette, he is easily taken for MJ.