Backstage at the Macy’s Men Music Fashion Show, it was dizzying to look up at six-foot-tall models with legs for miles, flexing, and pouting in preparation for the runway. ICON was a fantastic choice of location for the Miami Gay Pride Festival closing show. To conclude the weekend’s festivities, on Sunday, April 10, dramatic overhead lighting transformed the nightclub into a purple wonderland, with drag queens both on and off the runway mesmerizing in their vibrant makeup and outfits.

As the opening act, Orange is the New Black actress turned singer Taryn Manning electrified the crowd with her energetic performance. During her performance of the Billboard dance chart song “Send Me Your Love” Manning bounced around the entire stage, reaching out into the audience to greet her fans. Then pop artist Rilan stunned everyone with her music and dance moves, further hyping up everyone at ICON, including the models.

Showing off the dynamic and vivid Marco Marco designs were previous winners of the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race including Detox,Willam, and Raja, as well as Marco’s angels, April Carrion and Rhea Litré and Trans model Lauren Foster. The runway also included drag stars Daisy Deadpetals, Chi Chi DeVayne, Missy Meyakie LePaige, Lisa Limbaugh, Rubber Child, Calypso Monroe, Athena Dion and Serena Cha Cha.

Throughout the evening, Real Housewives of Miami drag star and socialite, Elaine Lancaster, joked and strutted along the stage as host and emcee to the show. At the end, designer Marco Morante came out to thank his fans. The mastermind behind the risqué fashion worn by celebrities like Selena Gomez, Katie Perry, Britney Spears, and Nicki Minaj, adorably hid his face behind his hands in his signature photo stance. Models on either side of him copied his modest pose as the finale.

Afterwards, the venue transformed into the festival’s official VIP after party where guests partied the night away with house beats by renowned DJ Hector Fonseca. The evening also featured a Macy’s Marco Marco fashion pop-up where guests were able to shop the latest merchandise from the brand. There was also a Macy’s Dior Beauty pop-up where guests could sample the latest in skincare and fragrance. To find out more about Marco Marco, visit;

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Serafima Fedorova was born in Moscow, Russia and raised in Miami, where she has studied writing for over five years. She has been a Young Arts alumni for poetry and fiction and received multiple writing awards. Her work has been published in Save the Earth Poetry Anthology, Dog Eat Crow, Best Young Writers 2014, and broadcasted on WLRN radio, as well as other online and print magazines.

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