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Life’s a drag; be a queen

Kevin Lemieux / The Brunswickan

Kevin Lemieux / The Brunswickan

Fredericton has such a diverse arts scene. From music to visual arts, theatre to dance, this city just about has it all. But one art form is emerging that combines a love for the stage with gender illusions.

Drag queens and kings are starting to come alive in this city. Combining lip-syncing, dance and a crap-ton of makeup, these guys and girls work hard to entertain the crowd.

An hour and a half of applying makeup, adding fake breasts and hips, tucking, and donning a wig and six-inch heels are a few of the requirements it takes for any drag queen to get ready before they hit the stage.

And how would I know so much about this, you may ask? Well, I just happen to be a drag queen. Not only that, but I’m the reigning boom! Queen 2014.

For me this drag journey started a long time ago. I always had a love for theatre, singing and dancing. Fast forward to last year, when I discovered RuPaul. Rupaul is the original drag queen and has worked to build an empire with his show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. So after watching hours of it online, I was hooked on drag. This past May, I was in Quebec City and got to see a full show for the first time. By that point, I knew I had to give it a try.

Towards the end of May, I saw that boom! was hosting a competition to find their new top queen. I knew this was my time to try. Hours of sitting in front of the mirror, watching YouTube videos about how to do makeup and trying to find the right songs must have paid off, as I was the winner of the night.Over the summer I kept competing and during Fredericton Pride, I was crowned boom! Queen 2014.

For me, drag is a way that I can express myself and have another way to perform. Drag isn’t a lifestyle; it’s just a part of who you are. RuPaul is known for saying, “we’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” So if you’re a doctor and you put on your scrubs, that’s drag. Anything you do throughout your day that defines who you are, is drag.

One of the biggest misconceptions of drag is that we want to be women. That’s completely false. When not performing, I hate shaving my face and spending more than ten minutes getting ready after a shower. It’s simply a performance for us; we just want to have fun.

Since winning, I’ve had the opportunity to perform at Moncton Pride and meet drag queens from Halifax that have since become like family. They are there for support and to help me grow as a performer. I am also the organizer and host and one of the performers of the boom! monthly drag show, every third Saturday of the month.

I know I won’t be doing this my whole life. Heck, who know what I’ll be up to in a year? All I know is that I’m enjoying myself and hopefully those watching are having a great time with me.

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