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Ready or Hot: Rock the Runway

Ready or Hot is a radically inclusive, body-positive fashion show celebrating bold self-expression, the beauty and power of our community, and the vital work of Planned Parenthood North Central States.

This is not your traditional runway show. Ready or Hot models are people of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, and races who are doing cool things in the Twin Cities. They represent the diverse beauty, passion, and dedication for our community and reproductive freedom. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 
7:00-10:00 p.m. 
First Avenue
701 North First Avenue, Minneapolis 

7:00 p.m.    Reception featuring DJ Tricky Miki
8:30 p.m.    Fashion show emceed by Denzel Belin 

Please scroll down for full ticket information and to learn more about who will be rocking the runway at Ready or Hot.

Together with our supporters and sponsors, Ready or Hot raises essential funds that support Planned Parenthood’s sexual and reproductive health services, medically accurate and inclusive sex education, and fierce advocacy in Minnesota. 

First Avenue is wheelchair accessible. The reception and fashion show will have limited seating unless otherwise noted below. If you or your guest(s) have ADA accommodation needs, please contact us at [email protected] or 877.220.4027, option 2, and we will work with First Avenue to make necessary accommodations.


DJ Tricky Miki

DJ Tricky Miki describes herself as an Afropunk who loves ALL music, but especially funky, infectious dance grooves—House/ Funk/ Soul/ classic Hip-Hop—which create a happy and lively atmosphere where everyone can find something to make them move.

Headshot of DJ Tricky Miki

Denzel Belin

Denzel Belin is a Minneapolis-based director, writer, actor, producer, host, and improviser. Belin is a longstanding cast member and writer at The Brave New Workshop and a staff writer for Awf Magazine. He currently writes and performs with Queer Window, an all-queer sketch comedy team whose credits include the New York Comedy Festival. Denzel has appeared on TPT Almanac and created work for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Mixed Precipitation, and Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Headshot of Denzel Belin


All host levels include access to the private Star Lounge with hosted bars, priority seating for the fashion show, premium gift bags, complimentary valet, and recognition as one of our leading donors.

Headliner Host | $15,000 | Eight guests and valet for all guests 

Couture Host | $10,000 | Eight guests and valet for four 

Icon Host | $5,000 | Six guests and valet for three 

Stylist Host | $2,500 | Four guests and valet for two 

Trendsetter Host | $1,250 | Two guests and valet for one 

Opening Act Host | $500 | Two guests and valet for one 


General Admission | $100 | One guest 

Next Generation General Admission | $50 | One guest 

General admission tickets are sold through First Avenue’s ticketing platform, AXS. Ticket prices include all service fees and sale tax.

Ready or Hot is an 18+ event. Underage persons can only attend age-limited events at First Avenue if they are accompanied by their own parent, or legal guardian with proof of guardianship.  

For more frequently asked questions about First Avenue, click here.


MH Style Consulting will be curating each look from Twin Cities boutiques, designers, and shops that will have the models looking and feeling their most fierce on the runway.  

One of the highlights of the runway show is Condom Couture, which includes designs created exclusively for Ready or Hot that feature condoms in the designs. This year’s designs will be created by local designer, RETHINK by Kristen McCoy.

  • Russell Betts (he/him), philanthropic advisor at Minneapolis Foundation 

  • Juno Choi (he/him), co-owner of Arbeiter Brewing Company 

  • Hildie Edwards (she/her), LGBTQ+ youth activist, actor, and performer 

  • Ash Farah (he/him), PPNCS manager of LGBTQ+ care coordination 

  • Peggy Flanagan (she/her), Minnesota Lieutenant Governor  

  • Andrew Fritz (he/him), co-owner of Headline Dance Center 

  • Jennifer Hickman (she/her), PPNCS health center manager 

  • Alisia Hull (she/her), U of MN-Rochester student and PPNCS Path to Power intern 

  • Robb Jones (he/him), owner and founder of Meteor Bar, and 2024 James Beard Award semifinalist 

  • Chris Kadue (she/her), retired engineer and marketing manager 

  • Laura Kadue (she/her), strategic analyst 

  • Larissa Loden (she/her), CEO and founder of Larissa Loden  

  • Kaisa Lindfors (she/her), high school student and PPNCS Teen Council member 

  • Hayley Matthews-Jones (she/her), Founder and CEO of Minneapolis Craft Market and Minneapolis Vintage Market and COO at The Get Down Coffee Company

  • Zaynab Mohamed (she/her), Minnesota Senator 

  • Adair Mosley (he/him), CEO of African American Leadership Forum  

  • Sophia Nelson (they/them), student and member of the National Storytellers of Planned Parenthood 

  • Clare Oumou Verbeten (she/her), Minnesota Senator 

  • Kristina Remus (she/her), PPNCS patient services associate  

  • Ruth Richardson (she/her), PPNCS president and CEO 

  • Taylor Richardson (she/her), teacher 

  • Enrico Rodriguez (he/him), Broadway veteran and co-owner of Headline Dance Center 

  • Kat Rohn (they/she), executive director of OutFront Minnesota 

  • Lucia Sarmiento (she/her), artist and touring musician  

  • Paxyshia Yang (she/her), co-manager of Cake Plus-Size Resale and content creator 

  • Adrienne Zimiga-January (she/her), actor and graphic designer 

Thank you to our hosts

Mark Addicks and Tom Hoch • Cassie Albertin • Nichole Budnicki • Sarah Dodge • Randy Drager and Cyndi Seiwert • Kimberly A. Fischer, M.D. • Dr. Kristen Fried • Linda and Jack Goldenberg • Charlie and Pam Grossman • Derek Groves and P. Dean Addison • Chris and Paul Kadue • Carmela and David Kranz • Jennifer Martin • Ruth Richardson • Jackie Roehl • Stacey and Jeff Schwichtenberg • Norah Shapiro • In honor of lifelong Pro-Choice Activist Jackie Stevenson • Chelsea Thibodeau • Steph and Jim Tikalsky • Julie Wicklund • Beth Wicklund • Wonder Women: Leah, Jennifer, Jessie • Margaret Zverinova

We expect all attendees, supporters, staff, volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and others to adhere to the Planned Parenthood Event Code of Conduct.If your behavior is deemed disruptive, you will be asked to leave the event.


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