What happens when a Fairy Godmother gives you an early anniversary gift?
My better half and I had the honor of attending the first annual Music City Hair Ball.
Hosted by 12th & Broad, the Music City Hair Ball was the first-of-its-kind event celebrating creative expression in the most absurd ways possible. Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ AyDamnn, and a "Hair as Art" runway show featuring some of Music City's finest hairstylists, fashions from Nashville's very own Stacey Rhodes Boutique and jewelry by Virgins Saints and Angels. The event culminated in the crowning of the very first Music City Hair Ball king and queen. As if all of this wasn't enticing enough proceeds from the event, as well as the silent auction featuring works of art and other goodies, benefitted AGAPE animal rescue.
I'll admit it, sporting a lavender wig, lighted hair-extensions and tiara was straight-up fun. Here's some photos that should give you a sense of the evening's festivities. Mind you, I'm saving the runway photos for a separate post because once the assigned models finished some of the audience was given the opportunity to show off on the catwalk as well.
There were a few little hiccups early on, which are to be expected at an inaugural event like this. But once the party started it was a complete success. There was such a great vibe in the room. It was the perfect metaphor for Music City. Where else could you scan the room and find a Mermaid, a Human Sushi platter, Drag Queens, gorgeous African Americans, dapper gentlemen, glamorous 40+ ladies, runway models, curvy girls, and a disabled women partying like we all belong together. Because we do; because we're all people first and foremost, and we can all come together in the spirit of fun and leave the party with a better understanding of each other. I think Nashville is starting to be recognized as a bastion of diversity and acceptance. The ladies at 12th & Broad have done a stellar job of getting the word out and creating events to perpetuate the new spirit of the city. My job is to see to it that inclusion of the disabled become an important part of life in Music City.
As I've said before, you can't complain about being left out if you don't show up to the party. Look what happens when you do.