Karla ( Josue Garcia ) revels in the moment at her sweet " 15's "
Juleisy and Karla want to be is your typical drag queens. Yes, they wear the wigs, the eight-inch heels, the false eye-lashes, and the tight clothes, but they never shave their beards. In fact, the beards are as indispensable to their show as the lashes.
"Our goal was never to be passable as women," says Gio Profera aka Juleisy and one half of the gender bender duo behind Hialeah's Finest. "Our goal was to have a voice as men, dressed as women."
Gio,along with his artistic partner, Josue Garcia, created Hialeah's Finest as a joke. One night, they decided to go out in drag without shaving their beards. And without intending to, they realized they looked like (bearded) chongas, the Miami equivalent of a West Coast chola.
Gio is a Cuban-American child of the Miami Beach nightclub scene. From the age of 16, he'd sneak in to drag shows, fake ID in hand. Now 27, he makes a living styling dancers at some of Miami Beach's biggest nightclubs such as Mansion.