What term do you identify your art as and why? (ex. faux queen, drag queen, femme, etc.)
Drag Queen, Femme Queen, Lady Queen
Tell me a little about your drag herstory. How long have you been dragging and what’s your drag style?
I was a manager and entertainment coordinator at a bar and have a pretty loud sense of style like “The Nanny” and all the queens said I was a drag queen at heart and told me about a pageant for girls like me called Ohio All-star Princess. So I looked into it competed and won. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been doing it now for 5 years and I’m not the best dancer and being 43 years old it definitely gets more challenging each year, but I’m definitely a bling, fringe, and rhinestone queen. Where I lack in dance, I try to make up with Costumes, hair, and makeup.
What was your inspiration behind the creation of your blog, Whatadrag.life? What do you envision it becoming?
I was taught if you’re given a stage you better use it to the best of your abilities and through my struggles, I found that opportunity can be hard for girls getting started. I pride myself on finding new talent and showcasing it. Once I saw the backlash we got from RuPaul and other like-minded individuals, I knew something had to be done, so I put together an all “Lady Queen” show which got rave reviews and allowed me to start my own Drag Brunch as well.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to newbie female drag queens AND to the seasoned ones?
My biggest advice is if you’re looking to get started, YouTube can be your first Drag Mother. Learn how to paint your face, block your brows, rhinestone, sew etc. — big hair and lashes are important. Don’t be a copycat. Find your own art. Once you create it, go out and support the local queens and bars and make a name for yourself until you can A) find an open talent night to perform B) ask a local queen for a hot spot As for the seasoned queens, never forget where you started and why you did it in the first place. ALWAYS BE HUMBLE If you’re not a little nervous or full of butterflies before a number and think you have learned all you need to know you might as well give up drag because it’s a never-ending process.
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