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Chelcie S. Porter

La Princesa de Pilsen

  • Age: 29
  • 'Hood: Pilsen
  • Fave spot: My balcony

Chelcie S. Porter was nicknamed "La Princesa de Pilsen" by her late husband and former Pilsen resident Colombian painter Andres Contreras due to her deep love of the neighborhood. She is an artist and photographer and has lived in Pilsen for 6 years. She specializes in fine art and fashion photography and is a community and LGBTQ activist. You can view more of her work at www.ChelcieSPorter.net.

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