Most people at raves are just looking to party. But one woman is on a mission to spread higher consciousness through beauty, beads, and bass: Miami's colorful, creative Lady Casa.
Outside the costume, she's an entertainer for the Opium Group, but once she dons her brilliant headdresses and miles of kandi bracelets, she's transformed into another being. With more than ten years of raving behind her, Lady Casa first made an appearance at Ultra Music Festival in 2011. At that point, it was more about standing out as a beautiful veteran of the scene.
But the following year, a trip to Mexico's Yucatán changed Lady Casa forever. On December 12, 2012 — the end of the Mayan calendar — her message "shifted" to be more inspirational and spiritually focused.
"I saw myself as being more than just Miami's queen raver, more than just a go-go dancer, more than just an entertainer," Lady Casa says. "I have this whole crowd of people that's now following me — Kaskade being a huge catalyst — and I want to be a role model. I want to be an inspiration. I want to be a positive influence."
The DJ/producer helped rocket Lady Casa to fame by sharing her picture, and her following grows every day. To date, she has more than 45,000 followers on Instagram alone.
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With her manager German, Lady Casa founded the successful PLUR Warriors movement.
"Now it's time to take this a step further and create leaders, instead of me just being the [PLUR] mama," she says. "I want to see more leaders. I want them to take it upon themselves to do the work of being a peaceful, loving, unified, and respectful human being."
Lady Casa hopes to one day organize her own festival celebrating love, healthy living, music, and the arts. But for now, she's content to spread light at dance music festivals across the country.
"People ask, 'Aren't you so annoyed? You keep being stopped, and you have to talk to people the whole time,'" she says. "I'm not annoyed, because it's always a loving interaction. It's always someone who loves what I'm wearing, loves what I'm doing, loves what I have to say."