Pride Month | Prince Malcon: “What a black, gay and feminine man carries is like being in a closet within another closet” | LGBTQ+ | gay | Prince Malcon | Dancer | fashion | Art | dance | Peruvian Talent | VIU

Nothing remains of the dark-haired boy with a military cut, shirt and tie who preached as a Jehovah’s Witness. Today, at the age of 25, Malcon Carhuajulca Ladino, better known in the community queer and the world of dance As Prince Malcon, he has discovered his true self: a black, migrant, trans person who proudly proclaims what makes her special.

In the Pride month, We invite you to meet Prince, a multifaceted dancer who is conquering the Lima art scene with unmatched talent, charisma and determination.

Seeking freedom

Prince wastes talent. She dances, models, directs and is also an activist in defense of the queer and trans community to which she belongs.. The young promise earned a name in the ballroom scene, she delighted the judges of the television program Peru Got Talent; and she is now preparing to compete in the Latex Ball, the most important ballroom event in the world that brings together the best artists worldwide every year.

But to find his way, Prince had to put the past behind him. He was born into a very religious and strict family, back in Venezuelan lands. Since his father was Peruvian, they saw the opportunity to emigrate to Peru. Installed in a neighborhood of Callao, he had his first encounter with what would become the engine of his life: dance. As the son of an Afro-Latin family, he learned the rhythm and flavor of good Afro-Peruvian music at an early age. But as much as he liked to dance, he felt that he didn’t fit in.

“I feel that as a child I already knew that I was not part of the heterosexual community. I knew she wasn’t like the rest of the kids, but I didn’t want to be a girl either.”reveals. “My trans identity is often confused with being a woman because I use feminine pronouns, but I use both masculine and feminine. My position as a trans person is purely political because I reject the stereotypes that fall on me -and there are many-”he adds.

After several years as a Jehovah’s Witness, a strict father and much criticism, he finally made the decision to leave the pain behind even though it meant losing his family. However, he found his way to success thanks to a trans community he calls his ‘chosen family’. “Once I got past the what will they say and said ‘okay, I’m a trans person’, they welcomed me like family. 7 years ago I left religion and there are also 7 that my blood family does not speak to me.

“Within the community I found my family, my love niche, because when I talk about a chosen family I talk about all the responsibilities that a family has: food, house, studies, health. That’s what my friends did for me. What my family hasn’t done in years has been done by totally unknown people united by an identity.”he adds.

against stereotypes

“I am a trans person, black and migrant, and I am the one who has to build my own happiness. Either I’m Prince, the happy, real, honest person doing his thing; or I’m going to hell. There is no other”reveals the dancer. “Identities are built based on uncomfortable conversations with ourselves: You must not give up, but you must be vulnerable in the process; you are not alone, the strength is in the community; set your own rules and break stereotypeshe adds.

As Prince embraced his identity, he knew it would be a rocky road to freedom. Being a trans, black and migrant person in a country like Peru is not easy at all. But his charisma, strength and determination are his weapons to face a society that criticizes and condemns. “I was raised as a man in a religious family, but a white man is not the same as a black man, you know? The stereotypes that each one carries are different. Now, what a black and gay man carries is different”it states. What a black, gay, and feminine man carries is like being in closet after closet after closet. I’m like in the lowest closetshe adds.

With more than 10 thousand followers on his Instagram account, where he shows his art in photographs and videos, Prince reflects on the criticism in social networks. “Being vulnerable in social networks when there is no previous education of bodies and identities like the ones that exist is throwing oneself into the lion’s den; but the love that has come to me is more than the hate. There are more people who care about what I do because they see me in the marches, in the protests, in the streets, training, in the parks. And I always try to be as real as possible. I’m not an influencer or anything like that. I’m just an artist trying to show off her arthe adds.

Her first Vogue steps

Thanks to the moral, emotional and economic support of his nearby community, Prince He learned the art of the ballroom scene and managed to develop as a vogue dancer, a dance style similar to house that is presented as a stylized and modern version that combines female movements influenced by ballet, modern dance, locking, acrobatics, among other disciplines dance.

“The stage is my happy place. With the lights, the makeup, the photos, the people recording, ”she states. “Nina Simone (African-American artist) says that feeling freedom is not feeling fear. It’s what I feel on stage. It is the place where I feel free, where I can be me, where people see me, connect with me and where I can do my magic.he adds.

At 25 years old, Prince was able to discover that what made him different is what made him special; Well, now he has set himself the goal of becoming a star of the vogue at a professional level and thus break with the stereotype that “To live from art is to starve.” Today she is in New York perfecting her dance skills through classes, diplomas and artistic residences.