Meet the Five Candidates For AFAN’s Black & White Fashion Icon Award

Melody Sweets, Frank Hoopes, Tya R. Mathis, Bryan Chan and Selena D'Angelo. | Photo by Anthony Mair

Melody Sweets, Frank Hoopes, Tya R. Mathis, Bryan Chan and
Selena D’Angelo. | Photo by Anthony Mair

Dressing monochromatic never looked so good, thanks to the five nominees for AFAN’s Black & White Fashion Icon award. The accolade will be presented at Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s marquee annual event, the Black & White party, which celebrates its 29th year on August 29.

After a round of free online voting at Gay.Vegas, event attendees can cast a vote for their favorite candidate for a $1 donation, with all proceeds going to AFAN. One winning Icon, chosen by popular vote, will receive a $500 Macy’s gift card.

The party will feature drinks from top chefs and mixologists, and live performances from DJ Axis, Boiis, Brandon Godfrey, the Perry Twins and Maren Wade. And as the name indicates, the dress code is strictly black and white.

Melody Sweets

Sweets, who has been featured on MTV, VH1 and A&E, has performed with acclaimed artists around the world. A singer in Absinthe, she has also performed at the AFAN AIDS Walk and previous Black & White parties. “People can be afraid to deal with AIDS, and that’s not helping the situation. I hope that I can be a voice for people who feel they don’t have a voice of their own.”

Frank Hoopes

A Las Vegas-based actor, Hoopes is part of a theater group called Toe Tag Monologues, which performs monologues on bullying, drug abuse and human trafficking at juvenile detention centers. “Black and white are the boldest colors and AFAN is a bold cause. These colors represent the team effort to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.”

Tya R. Mathis

Mathis, a director at the Clark County School District, is a native Las Vegan who has always valued community service. She regularly volunteers at Three Square food bank and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, and she also mentors high school girls through the Les Femmes Douze debutante program. “The Black & White Party is a fun way to bring awareness of HIV/AIDS to our community. Through social media, we can further advance the mission and educate people on the issues.”

Bryan Chan

Chan spent seven years as a cast member in Chippendales and now emcees local events. He was the host of last year’s Black & White party and regularly participates in the AFAN AIDS Walk. “I actually know a number of people affected by AIDS. For me, this award isn’t about being the best-dressed person; it’s about showing that you can really represent this cause, and that you stand for what AFAN is fighting for. It’s really important to me to help in any way that I can.”

Selena D’Angelo

A makeup artist and hairstylist by trade, D’Angelo is a native of Hawaii who has traveled the country styling celebrities and drag entertainers. A former Miss Las Vegas Pride, D’Angelo considers herself a voice for the transgender community in Las Vegas. “In our community, the ‘T’ in LGBT is often forgotten. Because HIV/AIDS has affected me, I want to bring awareness to the younger transgender community. Becoming this year’s Fashion Icon would mean something personal to
me, since I’ve come through drug addiction, being a sex worker and homelessness.”

AFAN’s Black & White party is 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 29 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For tickets and information, visit


Melody: BCBG MAXAZRIA Tyrah lace cutout two-piece dress, $448. Jessica Simpson Athens suede platform heel, $98

Frank: INC Wight shirt, $65. Versace Jeans white distressed denim, $295. Kenneth Cole Double Header high-top sneaker, $158

Tya: Lauren Ralph Lauren three-quarter sleeve collared sweater dress, $154. INC Sharee high-heel evening sandal, $119

Bryan: HUGO by HUGO Boss Elliott stretch slim-fit shirt, $165. Versace Jeans slim-fit black jeans, $225. BAR III slim-fit jacket, $425. Ryan Seacrest Distinction Style Dot pocket square, $30. Sean John Capri perforated sneakers, $79

Selena: Lauren Ralph Lauren beaded long-sleeve gown, $234. Model’s own accessories.

Photographer: Anthony Mair

Makeup: Natasha Chamberlin

Hair: Cassie Alvord

Styling: Christie Moeller

Shot on location at Vanity in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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