When dozens of queer, trans, and nonbinary models worked the rooftop runway at the Montrose West Hollywood hotel last Friday night, it was a dream realized for event founder Nik Kacy. And it's crazy to think that only four weeks prior Kacy took on the Herculean task of orchestrating Los Angeles's first Equality Fashion Week.
"There are no words to try to convey the thanks that I have for every single person who helped make my dream of Equality Fashion Week become reality," Kacy posted on Facebook the next day, and closed with, "I'm gonna go sleep like the dead now... Bye!"
Hosted by supermodel and trans activist Carmen Carrera (pictured above right with genderqueer author Jacob Tobia), the inclusive fashion show kicked off Equality Fashion Week (October 5-7) with major positive vibes. Models of all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnicities, and gender expressions struted their stuff in some of the hottest LGBTQ designers' threads. The excitement exuded by the models, designers, and onlookers was palpable. The sheer joy one feels at being the person they truly are is really what this event celebrates. Enjoy some of the gorgeous and incredible images captured that night.
Photos by Peter Leal, Frances Iacuzzi, and Desirée Guerrero.