Her Grace, Ava Davis, the Duchess of Grant Park
We won’t get into the full title and name, Her Grace, Crown Princess Ava Marie Patricia Danielle Davis Sellers of Vosges & Morgan.
While the concept of the Duchess of Grant Park arose out of a short film, Ava Davis has worked to bring the duchess to life, and to ensure that Her Grace, her title, and her office stand for something.
Her Grace is led by the motto, noblesse oblige, defined by the Dictionnaire de l'Académie française as thus:
Whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly.
(Figuratively) One must act in a fashion that conforms to one's position and privileges with which one has been born, bestowed and/or has earned.
In other words, “nobility extends beyond mere entitlement and requires people who hold such status to fulfill social responsibilities. For example, a primary obligation of a nobleman could include generosity towards those around him. As those who lived on the nobles' land had obligations to the nobility, the nobility had obligations to their people, including protection at the least.” - Wikipedia
Her Grace, in claiming to be noble, hopes that her missions and actions reflect this. She is an advocate for queer (LGBTQIA+) youth, for gender and sexual minorities (especially persons who are black, brown, & beige), for the arts (theatre and film especially), and ways of increasing equity, access, and inclusion (education, housing, transportation, living wages).
Her Grace speaks English, and conversational Spanish and French.
Her Grace lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her partner, His Grace the Duke of Cabbagetown, and their pets. When not moonlighting as a duchess, she is also an actress, writer, producer & filmmaker, and photographer.
Her Grace is inspired by Marsha P. Johnson, Lady Chablis, Diana, Princess of Wales, and others.