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Put on the Gloves: Stop Bullies…and Bad Fashion!



“Fashion is the ultimate expression of self.”


Surprisingly, my blog’s namesake Coco did not say this one. Actually, it was D.C.’s very own fashion queen (and my friend) Elaine Mensah, owner of SVELTE LLC, founder of Fashion BS, and one of the creators of Put on the Gloves.

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Elaine continued to say, “What better way to celebrate Capital Queer Prom and the Trevor Project, but with the most fashion-forward formal attire and accessories.”





The first-ever Put On The Gloves Fashion Show took place at the fabulous (and fashionable itself) Town Danceboutique.


A wonderful team of talent helped Elaine produce the party, including Eboné Bell, Daniel Townsend, Ashley Arias, Tedd Davis, and Vanessa Reed. Each was dedicated to the noteworthy goals of the Trevor Project and Capital Queer Prom.  Globetrotting Fox 5 anchor Will Thomas and WPGC personality Anji Corley did a terrific job of both hosting the show and entertaining the standing-room only crowd.


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With beats bouncing by DJ Natty Boom, the crowd went wild for special guests, Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Mya (Harrison) and Real Housewives of D.C. star Catherine “Cat” Ommanney.



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Native Washingtonian Mya, and her handsome dancing dude duo, treated the guests to her powerful new single “Love is the Answer” and surprised us with a favorite classic “Superstar.”


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Unfortunately, a favorite stylist of mine, Phillip Bloch (I remember watching him on the Look for Less as a mini-fashionista), was snowbound and therefore unable to join in on the night’s fun.



Nevertheless, all the models, stars, and hosts got super primped and primed by the talented sponsors James Cornwell Styling and Make Up For Ever. (Boy, was I jealous!)


Congrats to the host committee (all listed below) who provided everyone with fabulous night for a fabulous cause.




Every single penny of the evening’s proceeds went to fight for the freedom of LGBT youth so they can express themselves without fear through fashion and enjoy one of American’s most beloved social traditions: prom night.

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Be sure to also keep your eyes out for the newest “starlets” of the now booming Washington reality show, the Drag Queens of D.C., featuring Shi-Queeta Lee. Lee joined the professional models and as they strutted their “stuff” both on and off the runway.

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Thanks again to the entire host committee for helping bullied youth Put on the Gloves: Jeanie Adkins, Ashley Arias, Daniel Arrieta, Andrew Barnett, Ebs Burnough, Michael Clements, Tim Coburn, Sheena Cole, Ellen Coppley, James Cornwell, Ruthi David, Michael Dumlao, Cyndy Esty, Dan Ezell, Maggy Francois, Angell Garrigan, Sonya Gavankar, Lisa Jones, Yusef Khatib, Aba Kwawu, Jaana Moilanen, Sean Patrick Nohelty, Vanessa Reed, Kristina Roman, Kelly Schofield, Daniel Scully, Joan Sherman, Ginny Sullivan, Catherine Sumner, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Daniel Townsend, Liz Tutwiler, Eboné Bell, Daniel Townsend, Tedd Davis, and Elaine Mensah.



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