Bridging Generations: The Express Yourself Fashion Talent Show

Published on April 27, 2024, 8:31 am
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By Dennis Richmond, Jr.

The vibrant and diverse atmosphere of the Bronx came alive at the SAGE Center housed in the Crotona Pride House in the Bronx during the recent Express Yourself Fashion Talent Show. Organized by Pedro “Prynce Pedro” Gonzalez and Robert “Silk” Mason, the event was a celebration of talent, passion, and inclusivity within the LGBTQ+ community.

The collaboration between The Incomparable Kiki Haus of Zara and The Kiki Royal Haus of Silk brought together fashion enthusiasts of all ages, with attendees traveling from as far as Queens and Yonkers to witness the spectacle. The show was a testament to Pedro’s vision of revitalizing fashion in the ballroom scene and Mason’s dedication to providing a platform for the new generation.

Pedro “Prynce Pedro” Gonzalez, a Bronx resident hailing from New Haven, CT, unveiled The Incomparable Kiki Haus of Zara earlier this year, aiming to reinvigorate the fashion landscape within the ballroom community. With nearly a dozen members, the house is on its way to gaining recognition for its innovative designs and fierce runway presence.

Robert “Silk” Mason, a recent graduate of The Julliard School, introduced The Kiki Royal Haus of Silk at the HMI Ball this year. Driven by a desire to empower today’s youth, Mason’s house embodies creativity and inclusivity, providing a space for self-expression and growth.

The Express Yourself Fashion Talent Show was more than just a runway event; it was a celebration of diversity and unity. Performances ranged from electrifying fashion displays to spirited dance numbers, with LGBTQ+ seniors taking center as well. The atmosphere was filled with joy, with attendees of all ages coming together to enjoy music, food, and camaraderie.

Silk’s upcoming appearance in CATS: The Jellicle Ball marks a significant milestone in Silk’s career, signaling the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Meanwhile, Pedro remains committed to breaking down barriers between generations, working tirelessly to bridge the gap between elderly and youth communities.

In a city as diverse as New York, events like the Express Yourself Fashion Talent Show serve as a reminder of the power of creativity, inclusivity, and community. As attendees departed with smiles on their faces and memories in their hearts, the spirit of unity and acceptance continued to resonate throughout the Yonkers, New York City, and the LGBTQ+ Community at large.


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