Ballroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Words by Sinia Alaia
Icon Sinia Ebony Harlem (1994) by UnknownBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
An Icon is Born
Sinia Alaia began in Ballroom in the 1980s in New York City. Since then, she has become a House Mother (or "Muva") and has been leading figure in the Ballroom community.
Legendary Moldavia LaBeija (1991) by Chantal RegnaultBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Here, she reflects on this photograph of her chosen mom Moldayvia and her quest to find her chosen family.
Sinia Ebony and Cookie Milan (1997/1998) by Luna Luis OrtizBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Cookie Milan introduced Sinia into womanhood, educating her on the basics of living in NYC; she recounts the memory of coming into contact with the news of her passing.
Icon Sinia Ebony NYC Awards Ball "Your Presence is Requested" (2003-03) by Gerard H. GaskinBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Not In These Boots !
Sinia remembers the night she was summoned off the panels by her iconic rivals Alyssa & Ashley. She recounts rejecting the challenge, countering that she is too expensive for their invitation.
Onjanae vs Danielle FQ Face Jack Mizrahi & Stewart (Milan) Ebony's Collision Ball NYC (1994) by UnknownBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Defining Her Style
Sinia remembers one of the iconic battles of the category Femme Queen Face, Onjanae Mulgler vs. Danielle Revolon. She recounts the excitement of what each was wearing, and how both "sold" their features.
Icon Mother Danielle Revlon (1996) by Gerard H. GaskinBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
A Historical Figure
Remembering Danielle as one of the true mothers of Ballroom, and paying homage to the true diva she was at her core.
Sinia & her Daughters NYC Legends Ball (2000-05) by Ballroom ThrowbacksBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Remembering her chosen daughters: Charisma, Yolanda, and Meeka, she recounts the historical order of her daughters, and the unfortunate passing of Yolanda.
Icon Sinia Alaia & Anna Wintour (2019-05) by Sinia AlaiaBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
A Girl From Harlem
Sinia has the opportunity to judge with one of the mavens of fashion and its culture at the Met. Sinia recounts the feeling of acceptance on this day.
Sinia & Ceasar "The Dream Team" (2012-08) by Ballroom ThrowbacksBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
Sinia & Ceasar "Dream Team"
Sinia recounts one of her fateful nights in ballroom and a funny take on it
FQ Face Beauties Nicole,Vanessa,Misha, & Kerri (1998) by Sinia AlaiaBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
FQ Face Beauties Remembered
Remembering Kerri (right), Misha (middle right), Vanessa (middle left), and Nicole (left). Illuminated, she details that each walked face this night.
Icon Sinia Ebony Alaia House of Ebony Ball (2017-02) by Ballroom ThrowbacksBallroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow
A Lasting Impact
A bittersweet memory of Sinia's last grand march in the House of Ebony. She names the impact she had, but maintains a sense of confidence looking forward. She explains the significance of "trophy mom," and recounts her history as mother within the house.