Wear Your Pride: Say Hi to Marcelo, Precious, Dorian, + Serena
by Emily Gaynor + Abby McIntosh
Sometimes getting ready is the best part of going out. Actually, most of the time getting ready is the best part of going out. The second best part is getting food on the way home. But during Pride Month, the ritual magic (and fun) of getting ready takes on additional significance for us. In order to do it well and do it right during Pride, we called in a few of our MMU Fam favorites to Milk Studios to show us how they get ready and talk to us about what it means to Wear Your Pride. Say hi to Marcelo, Serena, Precious, and Dorian — a makeup artist, drag artist, rapper, and tooth gem artist, respectively — and have a good time out there this month.
Meet Precious Ebony, a New York City original and self-described “big, bald, beautiful person” and “happy spirit.” In addition to having killer style, Precious counts rapping among his many talents and mentions his grandmother as his greatest inspiration. With a swipe of blush and a little nude lipstick (“so the haters can’t see me talking back to them”) he’s ready to go for the night.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Serena Tea is a Brooklyn-based drag artist (and model and dancer who also works part-time in a coffee shop). Serena names her mother as her biggest supporter. “I feel like something other parents would think is embarrassing she held high,” she explains. Pack the glitter on and get to know more about Serena.
This is Dorian, a tooth gem artist from New Jersey. Growing up around a lot of queer musicians taught Dorian the importance of safe spaces where true expression and self-discovery can take place. “Pride to me is doing whatever you want, whenever you want, and feeling comfortable and safe,” she says. Add a little gleam in her teeth and an intergalactic pink glow (thanks to Holographic Stick in Stardust) and she’s on her way.
Marcelo is a longtime friend of Milk Makeup. He’s also multitalented— a storyteller (that’s him in our Blur The Lines video), a makeup artist…he kinda does it all. “As a kid, I identified with Esmeralda from Hunchback of Notre Dame, who to me was this beautiful character, but misunderstood because of who she was and what she did,” says Marcelo. “She reminds me to keep going.”