Pride Month

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In Honor of Pride, We Talk to 5 Former Grand Marshals

When it comes to feel-good parades, it’s hard to beat a present-day Pride procession. From Seattle to Sydney to Stockholm, they’re kaleidoscopic explosions of love, color, glitter and often expertly applied makeup. They’re everything joyful and communal. But they weren’t always lighthearted celebrations of sexual diversity—and as we honor June as LGBTQ Pride month, we feel it’s important to recognize the adversity as well as the positivity.

Beyond the rainbows, floats and festive costumes exists the continuing struggle for tolerance and equal rights for the LGBTQ community—one that has been hallmarked by many events throughout history, but most notably in the U.S. by the Stonewall riots of June 1969 in Greenwich Village in New York City. The riots, precipitated by police raids gone violently awry, were one of the first organized attempts to massively protest the oppression of LGBTQ people. The following year, major cities across the country—from New York to L.A.—commemorated Stonewall with political marches in June, and Pride month was essentially born. Over the decades, Pride marches have evolved into festive parades with floats and cheery regalia, especially in large, accepting cities, but it’s critical to remain mindful of the human-rights movement that has spurred these festivals.

This year we’re spotlighting five inspirational people who’ve served as grand marshals in past parades. As the leader of a parade, the role of grand marshal is as honorable as it sounds. In fact, it’s the highest honor the LGBTQ community can bestow upon an individual—and those chosen are often nominated for their exceptional achievements in the fight for human rights.

MEET THE GRAND MARSHALS

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6 Names in Fashion, Beauty and Entertainment on Why Peace and Love Still Matter in 2017

Pride month at Nordstrom

Ever notice that people are super heart-happy these days? It’s almost too easy to furiously tap that little heart emoji on photo after photo as you scroll through your Instagram feed or casually send it through a text or comment. And when you see a streaming video of puppies napping? LOVE plus heart-eyes. Except that these digital displays of affection lose something along the way. We want to bring the analog version back in 2017, where an emoji transforms into emotion, a hug is real and when you laugh out loud, you do it with someone sitting across from you.

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Nordstrom is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to create the Love & Peace 2 You T-shirt to support friends and colleagues participating in Pride parades around the country (proceeds will be donated to the HRCF). And to kick off the celebrations, we wanted to get back to the basics and talk to some of our favorite people in fashion, beauty and entertainment on what love and peace mean to them.

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Top Male Models, “Girls” Star Andrew Rannells and More Go All Out for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

Never pose with a supermodel,” quipped Jeffrey Kalinsky on Instagram a few days before Monday night’s big event.

Of course, our VP/designer fashion director was mugging with hunky model Eian Scully when he posted it—they were in rehearsals for the 13th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, during which all manner of hotties in the best current-season fashion would help drum up support for ACRIA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal—three leaders in the field of LGBT advocacy, tirelessly fighting for progress and benefits for the community.

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(All images courtesy Jeffrey Fashion Cares)

Jeffrey_kalinsky_david_dressing_gucciJeffrey New York’s David Rubenstein (right), seemingly A-OK sharing a frame with a
shirtless model in Gucci pajama pants

We’ve got the post-show photo download breaking down who wore what (and who didn’t wear much) on the runway, and how fashion favorites like model Lily Donaldson and designer Thom Browne made it an epic and meaningful night.

CHECK OUT PARTY PICS AND MORE

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Jonathan Adler | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

No stranger to The Thread, the affable potter, designer, author and founder of his eponymous enterprise Jonathan Adler shares his perspective on Pride and what he’s seen in the New York LGBTQ community after over 25 years living in the city.

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?

There is no normal day. I’ll go from making a mold on the wheel in the pottery studio to a meeting with our president about a new store opening to a brainstorm session with our marketing team to come up with subject lines for our emails. I’m lucky to work with such fun and talented people.

After work, I race home to have dinner, read, watch TV and beat my husband at Ping-Pong.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?

I moved to New York in 1989 in the middle of the AIDS crisis, and Pride was an incredibly poignant and powerful moment. I moved here hoping to find creative fulfillment and amour and excitement, but it was all happening against the backdrop of AIDS. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. My favorite part of Pride weekend was the transcendental (even spiritual?) Dance on the Pier.

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Cristi Duncan | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Cristi Duncan splits her time in New York City modeling, working on photo sets, scoping out the city’s best music and perfecting her photography. Plus, documenting it all–and other things she’s into–under her alias toooth on Instagram.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I’ve worked within fashion and photography since I was in high school.

I started out modeling with the NY agencies. I began styling shoots and assisting photographers. From there, I worked as a photo editor and studio manager. I also worked for a fashion/design marketing and branding agency.

Besides photography, my favorite thing to do in New York is going to see live music, especially if it’s outdoors. There’s nothing better than good tunes in a park.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
I used to avoid Pride Month events at all costs, not because I didn’t want to go, but I really didn’t have a group of friends that I felt comfortable sharing that with when I first moved to NY. So my most memorable Pride Month was once I found a group of women who really inspired me to go out and celebrate with them, which was really an awesome experience for me.

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Ethan Miller | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

When you’re part of the world’s #1 international model-management firm, you’d better bring your A game. As a junior agent at IMG Models in NYC, Ethan Miller and his colleagues help represent some of Earth’s most-wanted models.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I book supermodels around the world and work for the coolest woman I know.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Walking down Broadway in Seattle, hand in hand with my first boyfriend, wearing Pride beads and feeling oh so confident.

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Courtney McCullough | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

L.A.-born and based, Courtney McCullough studied dance in London before moving back home to a successful modeling career. When she’s not posing in campaigns and ads for the likes of M•A•C,  W Magazine, BCBGeneration, New Balance and…the list goes on, she’s probably either working on film projects like Weekly Meeting for Well Dang! Productions or traveling the world with her camera in tow. This is a woman who takes carpe diem to the next level.

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What is your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Some years ago I was living in Israel, and I went to Tel Aviv Pride, which was such a festive environment. People in Tel Aviv are quite friendly and outgoing in general, but this was a whole other level of conviviality and solidarity, especially in a conservative region of the world.

What does Pride Month mean to you?
I think the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community in our country and in the media is a positive step forward. Knowing that younger people are seeing that it’s perfectly fine to be yourself and to know there are individuals with similar experiences on such a large scale is very uplifting and gives me hope.

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Nick Nelson | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Nick Nelson knows style. And you might just know Nick Nelson, too. Or at least recognize his work as a stylist that shows up in magazines like ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar, plus on a few celebs you might have heard of–aka Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o. Check out some stunning examples of Nick’s work in his fashion portfolio.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I style editorials for fashion magazines, celebrities, TV, advertisements, etc.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month? 
Grace Jones performing at a Pride event in New York.

What does Pride Month mean to you? 
Celebrating the idea that as civil rights are extended and formal equality achieved, we can move past gay and straight to human.

What are you doing this year to celebrate? 
Hopefully leaving the city and enjoying some quiet time with my boyfriend.

How would you love to see Pride Month evolve in the United States or the world? 
Perhaps less of a party and more of an acknowledgement of the unsung heroes in the LGBTQ community.

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Ari Fitz | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring people in the fashion and design community what the month means to them.

Ari Fitz is no stranger to the camera. You might remember her from MTV’s Real World: Ex-plosion in 2014, but, as a filmmaker and model, Ari is also known for schooling us all on her signature androgynous style in her popular web series TOMBOYISH. Check out the latest projects and style videos on her YouTube channel.

 

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?

I’m a filmmaker and style vlogger. I produce a web series called TOMBOYISH that features fashion from my closet and many others.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?

My very first memory of Pride is house-dancing in the middle of the streets of San Francisco surrounded by colors, feather boas and all of my best friends. One of my most carefree moments to this day.

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Yaya Kosikova | Commemorating Pride Month

June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring people in the fashion and design community what the month means to them.

We kick off our series with Slovakian-born, New York–based model Yaya Kosikova. In front of the camera, Yaya has been on screen, in print and snapped on the runways for brands like Dior, Balenciaga and Tracy Reese. Behind the camera as a photographer, she captures stunning portraits and images with a seriously artistic eye—see some of her work at Frankie Rize Photography.

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?
I work as a portrait photographer and as a model. When I’m not working, my hobbies are things like traveling, exploring different cultures, riding my scooter, tennis and snowboarding.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
My first memory of celebrating Pride Month was in NYC 10 years ago at the Pride parade. It was a super-overwhelming experience to me. I grew up around very close-minded mentalities in Slovakia where I couldn’t be myself—it was very painful at times. I felt lonely, not accepted and like I didn’t fit in. When I was walking through the crowd at the parade, I finally felt at home, accepted and complete. Everyone felt like brothers and sisters that day, and it was a wonderful feeling. I have that feeling every time I get to be at a gay-pride parade anywhere in the world. You can spot me with my favorite T-shirt: ‘I love lesbians.’ Haha!

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