TAMPA, Fla.— With the intention to bring awareness to gender variance in the fashion industry, Marcia Alvarado, an androgynous model based in Tampa, will take the closing evening of New York Fashion Week by storm as she walks the runway at VERGE, the largest queer NYFW event and runway show.
Presented by dapperQ, bklyn boihood, Posture Magazine and DYDH Productions in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum, VERGE will feature eight designers whose work is systematically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity and culture. Marcia will be representing NotEqual, a gender-neutral clothing line showcased on Project Runway and in previous NYFW shows by Fabio Costa.
“Being a gay female in the male modeling world has opened doors to a wide range of discussions about gender non-conformity in fashion,” says Alvarado. “I feel that being a masculine-presenting female doesn’t necessarily mean that I am trying to be a man. I am Marcia, an individual with a story. I truly believe that every person is unique in their own way, whether they are a part of the LGBT community or not. This type of open-mindedness is what I feel will shift our focus on society from a labeling to an individualistic representation of people.”
VERGE will highlight some of New York’s most promising up-and-coming designers, as well as celebrity models like internationally-acclaimed androgynous and agender model, Rain Dove.
“This show will create a platform for designers and the community to see fashion as a true form of expression, which essentially removes gender from the picture,” says Alvarado. “How we express ourselves through fashion is ever-changing, just like the world we live in.”
Marcia will take to the VERGE runway on closing day of NYFW, Thursday, Sept. 17. The Brooklyn Museum doors will open at 6 p.m. with the runway show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
About Marcia Alvarado
Marcia Alvarado is Tampa, Florida resident who is conquering the male-dominated fields of engineering and male modeling. In addition to her full-time career in the engineering industry, Marcia has booked many avant-garde fashion shows, having walked the runways at Queer Fashion Week, Rainbow Fashion Week, What Is Butch, and the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, among others in the Tampa Bay area.
Marcia is a multifaceted talent whose intellect complements her athleticism, and whose androgynous charm captures the attention of those she encounters. For more information about Marcia Alvarado, visit http://www.thealvaradoexperience.com.