September 11, 1976
|Occupation||Writer, performer, nightlife personality|
Ladyfag is a New York City based writer, performer, nightlife personality, and events producer.
Born in Toronto, Canada, she ran a store selling vintage clothing and antiques. After becoming involved in the Toronto club scene, she was a resident performer at Will Munro's Vazaleen parties. Canadian writer R. M. Vaughan in his article 'Generation V', about gay and lesbians revolutionizing the city's underground art scene says, "a statuesque model and vintage clothing dealer who dominated the stage like a Russian Jewish Grace Jones."
In 2006, she relocated to New York City assuming the name Ladyfag. Moving to New York in 2006, she was discovered by NYC nightlife icon Kenny Kenny and started dancing at the famed party “Happy Valley” thrown by him and Susanne Bartsch. She has since become her own events producer, known for holding parties for the downtown, underground and international fashion scene.
Nightlife and events
In the spring of 2010, she started East Village based party Family Function with her resident DJ and friend Michael Magnan. In the fall of 2010 she produced the now infamous Clubber Down Disco party with resident DJ Miss Honey Dijon. It was one of the last of the parties at the legendary Hotel Chelsea before it was sold in the summer of 2011. Clothing store Opening Ceremony selected the party as one of the top six of the decade, and had her help host their 10-year anniversary celebration at Webster Hall.
For a party celebrating the launch of Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's Toilet Paper magazine and the unveiling of their billboard on the High Line, she produced an evening at the famed leather bar The Eagle. In 2012, she co-emceed with Legendary Vogue Ball MC Jack Mizrahi at the AmfAR and the W Hotel's inaugural Love Hangover Ball fundraiser event. The event was hosted by Kelly Osbourne, and included judges and presenters such as Edward Enninful, Fergie, Mickey Boardman, Pat McGrath, Simon Doonan, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, Lily Donaldson, Zac Posen, Derek Blasberg, Richard Chai and Jason Wu.
Since the fall of 2011, she has organized the popular daytime bazaar, Pop Souk, a one-day market place and party with the tagline “where downtown sells, not sells out”. The event is a biannual tradition, taking place with fall and spring editions at such venues as the Hiro Ballroom, Greenhouse, and the Standard Highline.
Along with one of her usual partners, producer Josh Wood, they throw a popular party called Pacino during men's fashion week in Paris every season. She annually produces events at Art Basel in Miami, as well as at the Life Ball party in Vienna raising money for HIV and AIDS research.
She was voted Most Welcome Party Presence in the "Best of New York City 2009" by The Village Voice, as well as named Queen of the Scene by New York Press. In 2007, Paper magazine featured her in their annual Beautiful People issue and in 2009 presented her with the Future Face of Nightlife award at their Nightlife Awards.
For the art exhibit "I Want to Go to Africa", curated by Sook-Yin Lee, she wrote and performed a cabaret act entitled "Ladyfag, A Love Story." Her collaboration with artist Paige Gratland on the "Donut Ho's" exhibitions lead to a multimedia piece being acquired by the National Gallery of Canada's "Library Collection." She was selected by the Gladstone Hotel to design one of their artist commissioned rooms.
In late 2006, she returned to Toronto for a nearly sold-out multimedia solo show at Paul Petro Multiples and Small Works gallery entitled "Ladyfag: Saint of Female Faggotry."
In 2011, she was awarded the FUN Fellowship in the Social Practice of Nightlife by the Museum of Arts and Design. She also acted as a key speaker about nightlife at MAD's “Nightlife: An Oral History of NYC Club Culture” program.
After many years of referencing the artist Frida Kahlo in her art and style, she was invited to be the key speaker at the opening night gala of the show “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting” at the Art Gallery Ontario.
Ladyfag has been featured in numerous ad campaigns, including for Bulldog Gin and Cafeteria. She has appeared in music videos for artists such as The Ones and Cazwell, short films like Sephora's "Cherchez La Femme" to promote its Film Noir Fall 2009 collection, and in the “There Is No Tomorrow” ad for Built featured in the Tribeca Film Festival. She appeared in a video for her friend Marcelo Burlon's “County of Milan” T-shirt line and was featured in a video for the art publication Toilet Paper done in collaboration with art studio Kreemart.
She has been shot for fashion editorials in publications such as V, Hercules, BlackBook, Love, Rolling Stone Russia, Dutch, Candy, New York Times, Hunter, Interview, Out, Hunter and Cook, and Visionare, and has worked with photographers Bruce LaBruce, Patrick Demarchelier, Mariano Vivanco, Ellen von Unwerth, Terry Tsiolis, and Laurence Ellis.
- Originally published September 2007 (July 5, 2010). "Club V in Toronto Life". Torontolife.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- Michael Musto (July 25, 2006). "NY Mirror". Village Voice. p. 2. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- Jovanovic, Rozalia. "5 Promoters Who Are Reinventing Nightlife". Black Book Mag. Archived from the original on September 15, 2013.
- Tozer, Gillian. "One Party To Rule Them All". Opening Ceremony.
- "Shady Lady: Deep inside Ladyfag and Seva Granik's Berlin-inspired warehouse party". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "Last Night's Parties". Guest of a Guest. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
- Symonds, Alexandria. "W Union Square Hosts W Love Hangover Ball In Support of amfAR". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Pop Souk". Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Josh Wood and Ladyfag Present Pacino". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Jipsy (December 6, 2012). "Jipsy Hits Lords South Beach for Shhhh Art Basil With Ladyfag". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Musto, Michael. "Most Welcoming (and Welcoming) Party Presence". Village Voice. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Visco, Gerry. "Queen of the Scene". New York Press. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "And the Winner is..." Paper Mag. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- I Want to Go to Africa
- "National Gallery of Canada" (PDF). Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "402 | Echame Flores". Gladstone Hotel. November 23, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works | Past Programming". Multiplesandsmallworks.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "FUN FELLOWSHIP". Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Nightlife: An Oral History of NYC Club Culture". Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "AGO to Present Major Kahlo/Rivera Exhibition in Fall 2012". AGO. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- The Ones. "The Ones Music Video". YouTube.
- Cazwell. "Watch Your Mouth". YouTube.
- "Beauty Counter blog: Insider tips on beauty products, hair, makeup, skincare, fragrances, spas, and salons » Blog Archive » Sephora Goes Behind The Camera, A Chance To Join Britney's Circus, And More…". Style.com. September 3, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "There Is No Tomorrow". YouTube.
- Burlon, Marcel. "Marcel Burlon 2013". Vimeo.
- "Kreemart x Toilet Paper". Nowness.
- Ladyfag (August 17, 2009). "Arts and Style – Road Trip!". Papermag. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "Candy Magazine". Candy Magazine. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- "25 Magazine". 25 Magazine. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012.