Metro Weekly

Coverboy: MarQuies

Quiet, but spontaneous

As the saying goes, ”You’ve got to watch out for the quiet ones.” And this week’s coverboy is evidence of the adage. A bit of a loner, 27-year-old MarQuies likes to play things close to the vest. But get this Washington native to open up, and it’s bound to be a party – no telling what he might say or do next. A sales and marketing representative for a hotel company, he loves his job and traveling abroad, visiting exotic locations from Argentina to Trinidad. In his spare time, he loves to dance, so you’re likely to catch him on the big dance floors at Aqua or District Nightclub in Adams Morgan.

What’s on your nightstand?
I don’t have one.



(Photo by Julian Vankim)

Where do you keep your stuff?
I keep it on a little table where I throw my wallet, keys. My dresser drawer is where I would throw everything.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
I prefer not to answer that question.

What are your television favorites?
Game of Thrones, Dancing with the Stars, The Borgias, True Blood. ‘

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Woody Woodpecker. I always got a kick out of his laugh.

What superhero would you be?

Who’s your greatest influence?
My grandmother. She’s always been there to give me that advice I need – and sometimes that I don’t want to hear.

What’s your greatest fear?
Failure. Not being successful in life. Not maximizing my full potential.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.

Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers and Andy Cohen.



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What would you serve?
Probably some type of New Orleans gumbo. I would definitely have to prepare something from my grandmother, my grandfather – his macaroni and cheese is the bomb. Marshmallow-flavored vodka would be in some drink on the table. I just discovered that.

How would you describe your dream guy?
Tall, dark and handsome. Confident, educated and spontaneous.

Define good in bed.
When you can anticipate my next move.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
Reza Farahan from Shahs of Sunset. He lived in an atmosphere where being gay wasn’t accepted by his family. We just had a lot of similarities with our unresolved family issues, and our personalities were very similar.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Mark Wahlberg or Brad Pitt.

Who gets on your nerves?
People who like to hear themselves talk too much.

If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My pictures, because those are my memories.

What’s your biggest turn-on?
A guy that thinks outside of the box, and doesn’t just think a date is a dinner and movie. I would do skydiving, I would do kayaking, roller-skating – anything that’s pretty much outdoors when the weather is nice.



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What’s your biggest turn-off?
Unkempt fingernails, feet and bad breath.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?
Go bungee jumping.

What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Riding one of those 12-passenger planes. I did it one time near Fort Walton Beach in Florida and it scared the life out of me. You could feel every move. We actually had to loop around and come back for a second approach because there was an alligator crossing the runway.

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who’s your favorite musical artist?
Right now, Rihanna.

What’s your favorite website?

What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
I prefer to keep some mystery.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
The Heisman Trophy winner.

What’s your favorite retail store?

What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?

What about on shoes?
$350 to $400. And they’d better come from Saks if I do that.

Coverboy: MarQuies

Coverboy: MarQuies

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
Chicken wings and mumbo sauce. I’m a native Washingtonian, got to love that.

What’s your favorite season?
Springtime. I was born in the spring. I like the weather. It’s not too humid, but it’s also a change from winter.

What kind of animal would you be?
A panther, because they’re cunning, mysterious and go after whatever they want.

What kind of plant would you be?
The flower in the field from the movie The Color Purple.

What kind of car would you be?
A Lamborghini. Stylish, flashy, just like me. No matter where you see one, people always stop and stare at it.

What are you most grateful for?
Some of the people who have crossed my path, both good and bad. I learned from them. The experience is what makes me grateful.

What’s something you want more of?
I want to be able to experience a real relationship. I live a pretty kind of loner lifestyle. It would be nice to come home to somebody.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
When moving up the ladder, pull somebody else up.