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Julianne Moore

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Elton Ilirjani (they/them) is an unlikely fashion icon who stole the show at Art Basel Miami Beach. As an LGBTQIA+ activist and bombastic fashion icon with a cult following of over 10 million followers on Instagram, Ilirjani was the star of the House of Mua Mua fashion protest on November 29, 2022 in South Beach. It marked the second annual fashion protest walk and bus ride during Art Basel Miami Beach, but the 2022 edition was the one that had Ilirjani as the star of the show. Elton opened the fashion protest with a megaphone, chanting coy phrases like “I want a sugar daddy with a big banana,” and “No money, no honey,” while wearing a custom House of Mua Mua piece that reads “Sugar Daddy” on the front, and “Marry Elton” on the back. This sparkly, sequin attire with a bridal-like tulle trail is part of the brand’s collaboration between Ilirjani and the House of Mua Mua’s creative director, Ludovica Virga. Ilirjani’s show-stopping outfit was meant to be ironic. “Women don’t need men for money, the message was the opposite; we should love men and we need men to love us – not money,” they said. Originally from Albania, Ilirjani is dedicated to speaking up for equality, human rights and fairness for other individuals throughout America and the world. Based in Brooklyn, Ilirjani is the founder of the Dignity Global Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on the protection of human and civil rights for women and the LGBTIQIA+ community at the workplace. They have also built a successful career as the founder and director of The HeadHunter Group, which has offices in 15 countries globally, and spearheading two transgender acceptance campaigns, the “Lipstick Movement” and the “Nobody is Straight” campaign for LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. Ilirjani fights for LGBTQIA+ rights in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. “I am for the community to be seen worldwide,” said Ilirjani. The House of Mua Mua protest started at the SLS South Beach Hotel, and the protesters marched towards a roofless bus, which then proceeded down Collins Avenue and to the Miami Beach Convention Center, where the Art Basel art fair is held every year. The group hopped off the bus and marched into the art fair’s lobby. But the protesters were surrounded by the

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