Kevin Aviance

Kevin Aviance

Musician, fashion designer, socialite
Date of Birth: 22.06.1968
Country: USA

Kevin Aviance: Musician, Fashion Designer, and Socialite

Kevin Aviance (born Eric Snead in 1968) is a multifaceted artist known for his work in music, fashion design, and as a prominent figure in New York City's social scene. Aviance was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, in a large and close-knit family of seven children. From a young age, Aviance was drawn to the arts, including theater, music, and painting.

Kevin Aviance

As Aviance grew up, his sexual orientation became apparent, and he embraced his identity as a gay man. After taking on the name "Kevin Aviance," he moved to Miami and later settled in New York City, immersing himself in the city's party scene, fashion shows, and other public events. Aviance fearlessly explored various artistic pursuits, including singing, acting, modeling, designing, and working as a makeup artist.

Kevin Aviance

In 1999, Aviance had the opportunity to showcase his acting skills in Joel Schumacher's crime comedy film "Flawless." A year later, he portrayed Miss Smokey in the musical comedy "Punks" by Patrick-Ian Polk. In New York City, Aviance also found a unique niche in the modeling industry. He taught women how to feel like true princesses on stage, guiding them in their movements and helping them present themselves as undeniable stars. His clients included Whitney Houston, Madonna, Natalie Cole, and many others. Aviance also worked with aspiring models, preparing them for fashion shows in New York City. His main motto was "Show your soul and tell us a story," emphasizing the importance of both technique and genuine expression on the runway.

Kevin Aviance

Unfortunately, Aviance's openness about his sexuality made him a target for violence. In 2006, while attending a gay pride parade in New York City, Aviance fell victim to a brutal attack by a group of anti-gay activists. The incident garnered significant media attention, and the subsequent trial of the attackers attracted public outcry. In March 2007, all four assailants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 6 to 15 years. The youngest attacker was only 17 years old at the time of the assault.

As a musician, Aviance has released four albums, starting with "Box of Chocolates" in 1999 and concluding with "Strut: the remixes" in 2006. In addition to his solo projects, Aviance has collaborated with various music collectives that celebrate LGBTQ+ and transgender identities. Aviance has appeared as a guest on several television shows, including "America's Next Top Model," "Naked Fame," and others.

Despite facing adversity, Kevin Aviance has continued to make a mark in the entertainment industry through his diverse talents and unwavering commitment to self-expression. His resilience and artistic contributions have solidified his status as a prominent figure and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

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