|1.||true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.|
|2.||existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: a story taken from real life.|
|3.||being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary: The events you will see in the film are real and not just made up.|
|4.||being actually such; not merely so-called: a real victory.|
|5.||genuine; not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation; authentic: a real antique; a real diamond; real silk.|
|6.||unfeigned or sincere: real sympathy; a real friend.|
Though used as a category in a Ball in the film, the concept of "realness" and "relaity" is recurring in "Paris is Burning." What is real? What is the real "you?" It is the identity that Ball attendees dress themselves up as, or is it the one they portray when they are among normal people? Answers given by interviewees often indicate the former, although many interpret it as "If I could be, that's who I would be." In that case, is the ideal the most real?