Sunday, September 27, 2015

LaMona Divine: Brazilian Drag Goddess

Photo: Bless Magazine 

In Brazil, drag isn't as appreciated as it is in America. The performers in Brazil find themselves struggling to put their ideas together, mainly because getting work can sometimes be a hard task and the materials they need to create their work can sometimes be pretty expensive. It should really make one appreciate what they have. Brazil has a wonderful drag scene filled with talent and beauty, and hopefully the performers who work very hard to keep going, will soon receive the appreciation and gratitude they deserve.


1. Who is LaMona Divine? 

LaMona Divine is a glamorous bitch, a seductive villain of comic books flirting with the fashion world, aesthetics are very important to her. She is a strong and ambitious woman who is not intimidated easily, inspired by many female icons that show that strength and independence. She calls herself of Divine’s daughter. 


2. When and why did you begin performing in drag?

LaMona was born from my need to explore my creativity in parallel with my professional life (I am Fashion Assistant), I needed to give life to my muse that has always accompanied me since I was kid, but in the past she had no aesthetics and my contact with her was only in the imagination. Years later, after I was watching the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race, my conception of a drag queen has changed completely, and in 2013 it inspired me bring LaMona to real life, and being very shy, I bought my first wig (very simple) and some make-up and started testing. The first time I went out for a party dressed as LaMona Divine was in February 2014, since then I never stopped.


3. Where did you learn to do your makeup?

I learned a lot with tutorials on the internet, but also learned a lot of makeup tricks with my best friend and makeup artist Alessandra Lira (she is everything to me), and also learned a few important things with the makeup artist Mychelle Pavão. I believe that I'm still constantly learning something and I hope always be able to learn new things to evolve my makeup and job.

Photo: I Hate Flash 


4. In your opinion, how is Brazilian drag different from American drag?

Is very difficult to make a comparisons because we have very different cultures especially in the scenery of LGBT, our way of consuming art is very different too, so it ends up reflecting the lack of appreciation that we suffer here. One of the most noticeable differences of American drag to Brazilian drag is outrageous and glamurous costumes, for example to us it's much harder to get some basic materials and for American drag it's much more affordable, they have everything, and this definitively influences the final result of the Brazilian drag queen's look. I also notice that the Brazilian drag queens like to show more of our body because we have a great latin blood! And of course a good portion of these drag queens want to look like fishy queens. But even with the difficulties, I'm happy when I see very talented drag queens with different styles, and this has happened often. Unfortunely the American drag community is very different, because here our drag community is still small and not very united. This year, Rupaul's Drag Race debuted on Brazilian television and it certainly will bring more visibility to our community, and it will help us to show that drag queen is also a beautiful art.


5. What is your favorite thing about being a drag performer? 

The best thing for me is being able to tell a story to the public through the costumes, choreography and music and feel they are enjoying it. The Brazilian public is very passionate and have an incredible energy, they are so amazing, it’s very good to perform for them. Lately we have received many queens of RuPauls Drag Race and they are loving the contact with the Brazilian public, it’s something that they have never ever seen before.


6. Is your family accepting of you being a drag performer? How did you tell them?

Today my family accepts me, especially my boyfriend, who gives me a great support and all the love that I need. At first my mother did not understand and it was so complicated, but I didnt have much of a chance to explain to her because she unfortunately is not here anymore, but I believe today she would understand this kind of artistic expression.




7. What is something not many people know about you?

People don’t know that I'm a perfectionist Virgo neurotic and fussy about my work, but it's something I’m working positively to my favor. And people don’t know that I have a lot of really cool projects and ideas on the way!


8. How long does it take you to get ready for a performance?

I take around 3-4 hours to get ready, I like to do everything calmly to be able to fix something that may not have been very good.


9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

There are so many places I want to travel and know, but first I would like to take LaMona to the drag scene in EUA and London, it would be a very cool thing!



10. Do you have a favorite drag queen that you look up to? Why do you look up to them?

I have many drag queens who inspired me, I can tell Violet Chacki (I love all the costumes she wears), I love the makeup of Kim Chi, Mika Holly White and Lill Queen, OMG has so many others!


11. What other queens from Brazil are worth following?

We have very talented and wonderful drag queens here, for sure I can say that I follow Biancca Banks, Ikaro Kadoshi, Gloria Groove, Alma Negrot, Tiffany Bradshaw, and my sister Shady Jordan (and many others)


12. Is there anything you wish to change about the Brazilian drag scene that bothers you a lot?

I can say that what bothers me most is the lack of appreciation of our art, because people still have difficulty in assimilating what a drag queen is and how wonderful this work is, it sure reflects in our paychecks and job opportunities.

Photo: Bless Magazine (Aquila Bersont)


13. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? 

Hmm, think is when people recognize me at parties and say my work is cool because I do different things. It has already created an identity for me, it's really wonderful to hear!


14. What has been the biggest obstacle you've had to face? 

I faced and and still face today the lack of money to invest in all my ideas, because when you have little money you need to be more creative, it sure has been a learning experience.


15. If you were deserted on an island, what 3 things could you not survive without?

Let me see...my carrot wig, my lipstick and my eyeliner, I think is enough for me, I guess hahaha

MUITO OBRIGADA E BEIJOS ❤
Photo: Kaique Talles

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Crystal Beth: Dancing Queen

(Photo by Carrie Strong Photography)

Falling in love with the art of dance, Crystal Beth used what she learned during dance class to incorporate it into her drag performances. With each performance, she blows the crowd away with her energy and passion and never disappoints. 


1. Who is Crystal Beth?

Crystal Beth is an entertainer, a dancing queen who shows high energy and confidence on stage. She lets everyone know who she is by her performances. With her knowledge and large variety in dance skills she can do anything for the crown. She has been given the nickname the "Split Goddess" of Oklahoma, and she greatly approves. But overall at the end of the day she is a normal person who is loving her life. 


2. How did you come up with your drag name?

I gave myself my first name Crystal after my biological mother. Everyone said I looked like her when I first started. My drag grandmother at the time gave me my last name Beth. Which is ironic in my eyes because I've never touched a drug in my life. But finding the humor in the name I loved it and ran with it. 


3. When and why did you start doing drag?

I started drag on May 11th of 2013. My first time in interest and drag was my first time to an underage gay club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I saw the queens onstage have so much fun and freedom. So I went out on May 11th for the open talent night and won the crowds approval. 

(Photo by Carrie Strong Photography)


4. Your performances are very energetic. How long have you been dancing for and why did you get into dance to begin with?

I've been dancing since I was a freshman in high school. I grew up watching So You Think You Can Dance and just loved the way the human body was able to move. So when I moved to Oklahoma City, the school I attended offered a dance class. I seized the opportunity and enrolled in a beginner class. By the start of my sophomore year, I was in the top dance class in the school. I was also teaching the beginner class alongside my dance teacher.


5. Do you have a drag family or do you fly solo?

I belong to one of the most established drag families in Oklahoma, known as the Van DeKamps. I was lucky enough to even be considered a candidate for the Van DeKamp team. With the house Mother Jexa Van Dekamp having the most attentive background in drag, her children are put on the chopping block every time they perform, and Jexa is the reason I still continue to do drag. 


6. In your opinion, what is the most misunderstood thing about drag?

To me, the way we are seen in the public eye...There are multiple stereotypes and misunderstood forms of drag. I've been called a sataninist, I've been labeled as trans, and I've actually been feared by some people as a "freak". I'm a human being but I'm just another weirdo in the public eye. 



7. How do you deal with negative thoughts about what you do from other people?

I tend to ignore most of it. I don't want to anyone to see me as a heartless or rude person. To me, not reacting is also an action. If it comes to the point to where I just can't handle it I usually go to a friend for advice. I tend to stay within the drag community because they know the hard situation but another performer can go through. 


8. What song is your favorite to perform and why?

Well I generally perform mixes, but if I must choose one song, it would be "Woman's World" by Cher. It's upbeat and it has a great message in it. Cher is also one of my all time favorite artists. 


9. How long does it typically take for you to get ready for a performance?

I've made it a point to have my makeup done within an hour, adding about 20 minutes for body and costume. so full transformation happens within an hour and 30 minutes.  

(Photo by Carrie Strong Photography)


10. What is one thing you wish to change about the world?

The poverty level facing America. Americans are working too hard to be living in poverty. I completely agree with Sen. Bernie Sanders with his statement on poverty that no American worker that works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.


11. Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My drag mother, Jexa, has been the main foundation for my drag career. She's always there when I need her, no matter the reason. She's my biggest fan but she's also my top critic. She wants me to achieve greatness, and see me succeed.  She's been my shoulder to cry on but she's also my best friend.



12. What is your thoughts on the Miley Cyrus performance on the VMAs with 30 drag performers?

AMAZING!!!! Miley was able to show the whole world a drag show. She made every performer's dream come true that was on that stage. It made me feel like the world is coming to terms with the publication of drag queens.

(Photo by Carrie Strong Photography)


13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why?

I would love to visit Ireland. I could be able to visit my ancestor's homesteads. My family is actually distant royalty on my father's side. I could go visit my family's castle and just to be able to see the sights would be jaw dropping. 



14. In your opinion, what has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

Honestly starting drag and being able to keep doing it...I never saw myself as a two-time title holding, dancing drag queen by the age of 19.


15. What is something that not many people know about you? 

I can do the splits 37 different ways, 16 of which are sexual positions.

(Photo by Carrie Strong Photography)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jujubee: Positivity, Equality, Love

Photo by Black Rose Photography 


In the year of 2010, Rupaul's Drag Race Season 2 premiered, and Jujubee's life was forever changed for the better. Jujubee was in the top 3 of the season before she sashayed away. But it didn't end there. Jujubee was also part of Rupaul's Drag U, and also a contestant on Rupaul's Drag Race: All Stars where she teamed up with fellow drag performer, Raven, and they called their team "Rujubee". Juju quickly became a fan favorite and was known for her sickening lip syncs, sense of humor, and positive attitude. She is not only a drag performer, but she is also an activist who has shown more compassion towards multiple causes, especially woman's rights and equality. Even after hitting TV and performing all over the world, Jujubee still has a hard time taking it all in and continues to stay humble and positive. 


1. When and why did you begin doing drag?
 
I started performing in drag when I was 18. I always had a love for the stage.



2. How did you come up with your drag name?

Jujubee was the name given to me by my drag mother, Karisma Geneva Jackson Tae. I'm glad she just chose one name for me!



3. How has Rupaul's Drag Race changed your life?

RuPaul's Drag Race has allowed me to travel the world and do what I love most; performing in front of wonderful fans. I am truly thankful for this all.

Photo by Tony Lowe


4. If you could give advice to the queens who want to audition for the show, what advice would you give them about surviving?

It isn't so much about surviving, but it's about being authentic. It's about the desire and ability to win the competition, but it doesn't stop here. Hard work and perseverance are important factors in making it in the drag world. 



5. Do you have any crazy fan moments that you can remember?

I definitely have moments I'd rather forget. I was once followed back to my hotel and around 3 am two "fans" were banging on my hotel room door for about 30 minutes. I was terrified and pissed at the same time. 



6. How do you keep yourself so positive?

Being positive is the only way to be. Negativity breeds more negativity and it works the other way around, too! I believe that living a happy and positive is the better choice.

Photo by Tony Lowe 


7. What has it been like working with Raven for so long?

Raven is amazing. She is a wonderful and talented person along with being someone who is level headed and humble. I love working with Raven.



8. Is there a certain country that you've been to outside the U.S. that you can't wait to visit again?

I would love to go back to South Africa and Cambodia again. Those two places melted my heart. 



9. What region in the U.S. do you really get excited for every time you go there?

I'm always excited to visit California, because I have so many friends in the state. I also grew up in California so it feels like my second home!

Photo by Black Rose Photography 


10. What is the thing that makes you most nervous for when you're about to go onstage? 

I get nervous every single time before I hit the stage. I think it's healthy to feel that way. Once I'm no longer nervous doing it, I'll stop.



11. Do you do anything before you get onstage that calms your nerves?

I calm myself down and give myself a little pep talk. I always have to feel the curtains of the stage before I go on. It's strange.



12. I heard that you are very passionate about women's rights...can you explain for those who don't know what your opinion is on certain issues that women face everyday?

Women's rights are very important. Without women, there wouldn't be drag queens. Drag is a celebration of how amazing and strong women are. The equality in pay needs to happen. I don't see why a woman should get paid less than a man for doing the same thing. I also believe that women, who choose to stay at home and care for children, have the hardest job. It's one you are always on for. There is no clocking in and out. 

Fighting for women's rights is so important, because as we fight for gay rights, we should consider our mothers and sisters as well in the fight for equality. Not long ago were women considered second class citizens. What's even more infuriating is that women were considered property of their husbands. 

Photo by Tony Lowe 


13. What is your opinion on bio queens (such as Miss Crime Scene that you met in Vermont)?

I enjoy bio drag. It allows for a different interpretation of what drag is and can be. Art has no boundaries so why put up walls now? I say keep draggin' on!



14. If you could change something about your time on Rupaul's Drag Race, would you change something or are you happy with how everything turned out? 

I have replayed everything in my head and I can honestly say that I wouldn't change a thing. I don't believe that "everything happens for a reason," because that just sounds like an acceptance for negativity, but I do believe that I did everything I could with what I had. 



15. What do you want people to remember most about you?

I want people to remember that I am a good person. Hopefully i exude that energy!

Photo by Tony Lowe 


16. What is something not many people know about you?

I can cook! I love making Laotian food! Food is LOVE!



17.  If Jujubee could have a superpower, what type of power would you want her to have and why?

I would love a super power that would allow me to dance on beat. HAAA! 



18. What do you love most about doing drag? 

What I love most about drag is that I can become another person for a few hours. It allows me to extend my being into another version of myself.

Photo by Black Rose Photography


19. What is the best thing a fan has ever done for you?

The support from fans is truly amazing. I don't want or ask for much. I'd just like for people to enjoy what I do as much as I enjoy it.



20. What would you like to say to all your supporters out there?

I'd like to say that I am grateful for all the support! I've always dreamed of performing...and RuPaul's Drag Race, World of Wonder, and Logo have given me the opportunity to do that. Thanks to everything for supporting me and I hope I have the support for years to come! Spread love!

Photo by Tony Lowe

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Friday, September 11, 2015

"10 CMD" by Jayy Von Monroe: Album Review



Released on August 29, 2015, Jayy Von's premiere solo album "10 CMD" was definitely worth the longer than expected wait. Jayy mixed personal lyrics, haunting vocals, and electrifying beats to make a deep yet fun album that tells a story from start to finish. There's a song for every situation, from being in love with someone, to owning who you are, to recovering from a nasty breakup...and so on. Here's a breakdown of each song accompanied by the message I got from the lyrics and what I thought of the music overall.


1. "Leo"- This song, in my point of view, is seeing a relationship with someone end while reflecting on what went wrong and trying to let that person go. Also being hurt by the whole situation but realizing that being alone is the best option at that time. 


2. "To Burn"- The best thing about this song is it starts off slow but it builds up and with the chorus it goes off with a bang. This song makes me think of wanting to be with someone that you know is bad for you and has hurt you in the past, but you can't resist them. 


3. "Uneasy" - MY FAVORITE. A song about being confident and loving yourself regardless if people like it or not. Standing by your beliefs no matter how much hatred comes your way and becoming a stronger person through all the hardships and heartache you've been put through. This song is perfect for dealing with any type of conflict whether it is fighting with friends all the way to going through a breakup. 

Photo by Where's Bryce Photography 
(Instagram: @wheresbryce)

4. "Welcome to your Funeral"- Upbeat song that is perfect for going out with your friends and having an exciting night. This song is about being weird and standing out while completely owning it and not caring what anyone else thinks. Definitely one of my favorites on the album next to "Uneasy".


5. "All I Want"- There's not really a deep message to this song. It's very self explanatory. Imagine an energetic song playing while you're at the club about wanting someone...that's basically what it is. The lyrics are very direct and there's no explanation needed. It's very upbeat and fun, of course. ;) 


6. "Love Rehab"- This one describes being so in love with someone that their presence in your life is compared to being on heavy drugs. When they're not there, it's like you're going through extreme withdrawals. They're like a major drag addiction and without them you would be miserable. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful and symbolic and I loved every second of it.

Photo by Gabriel Sotomayor Photography 
(Instagram: @gabrielsotomayor)


7. "Oh Bitchuary"- A song about casting a spell of major karma on someone in your life who you trusted and they did you wrong, and you want nothing more to do with them. I wouldn't say it's about wishing actual harm, but wanting this person to experience the pain they put you through. 


8. "Go Home Girl"- This one seems to be about the regular everyday groupie that goes to all the concerts and tries to get with the band members. In this one, Jayy is speaking to the person basically saying he already knows what they're all about and he sees through it. 


9. "Numb"- Being numb is something I relate to very well. It's like, being disappointed and hurt so many times that you feel almost robotic. Like you have no feeling...which is why I loved this song. Along with the lyrics about being "numb", the overall sound reminds me of a robot that wants to feel something but they can't get what they need to feel anything no matter how hard they try. I loved it! 

Photo by Wonderland Photography
(Instagram: @emilinwonderlandd)


I know not everyone is going to be a fan of this album, but if you're into dance music, I promise it's worth the money. There's literally a song for everything and I love everything about this album. While some of the songs are meant to just be about having fun, there's a few select songs on this album that really hit home for me and what I've been through myself...such as "Uneasy", "Love Rehab", "Numb", "Leo", "Oh Bitchuary" and "To Burn". The vocals have a very haunting feel and I also felt what I loved most about a lot of these songs was all the symbolism. Some of the lyrics were very artistic and made you think while other songs were more straight to the point and direct. I think Jayy really lived up to what I expected from him and I'm very happy with my purchase. It was very beautifully constructed and thought out. I give it a 10 out of 10 on my scale. 


Make sure you buy this album on iTunes and give it a rating and review! 

10Cmd by JayyVon

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Phaedra Phaded: Plastic & Phaded



If you're ever looking for a versatile queen who is everything rolled into one polished performer, Phaedra Phaded is your dream. With a mug beat for the GAWDS, a fashion sense that makes a supermodel look bad, and a sweet personality, Phaedra is the total package plus more! 


1. Who is Phaedra Phaded?

Phaedra Phaded is a Grecian Sex Puppet with a killer ass and a mug made of plastic. If 90's Pamela Anderson and Courtney Love had a three-way with a blowup sex doll and somehow made a child, Phaedra would be the unholy spawn. She's just the right amount of ditzy party girl, weird kid at school, and a refined glamourpuss.


2. How did you get your drag name?

My first time ever in drag was December 31st 2011, I was 21... New Years Eve. I chose Phaedra because its my favorite name in my language [Greek]. I was in this GORGEOUS Badgley Mischka flowy, WHITE cocktail dress cinched to the heavens and feeling so vagina that night... My friends I was with kept feeding me their drinks because they couldn't finish them and I was like "sure, I don't feel any of these drinks being strong I don't know why you guys are such babies??" No one told me if you're cinched, drink a lot, and un-cinch that you basically feel like you got hit by a bus because thats EXACTLY what happened when I decided I had to untuck and go to the bathroom... I took my corset off and in 5 seconds I felt every drink I had that night hit my stomach and I don't think I have EVER been that shmammered in my life!!! I stumbled out of the bathroom, got to the bar, proceeded to lay on the counter "planking style", and fell asleep with more than 200 people at the club I was at starring at me. My friends pieced together the night for me the next day and my only response was, "wow, I was 'Phaded' as fuck, huh?" To this day I have been called Phaedra Phaded... I woke up for the ball being dropped I was told and had another shot before I started dancing on the stripper pole I guess as well <-- Because of this night I don't drink in drag as well.



3. Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Marilyn Monroe, easily. She's been my style icon since I was a little boy growing up in Greece. She was and is the ultimate expression of glamour, talent, femininity and sexuality to me and I base a lot of what I do after her. Did I mention I'm a Marilyn Monroe impersonator as well? 



4. When and why did you begin doing drag?

I think you know the when from my last question I answered, but the why is simple. I wanted to challenge myself creatively. Growing up gay in a strict Greek Orthodox household I was quite repressed in any sense of artistry. My parents at the time were not accepting of my sexuality and it was books and sports for me all my life and still is, I love reading and being active.. And it wasn't until 8th grade that I participated in my first musical in my school when I really started to love preforming. By no means am I a singer, thats why I lipsync haha, but I always hungered to express myself creatively and took any opportunity to do so. I'm so fortunate to have supportive parents now who love and accept me for who I am and what I do. Their greatest hope for me is to see me happy and succeed in anything that I do, they've even been to my shows a few times. 



5. What is the biggest lesson you've learned regarding your drag career? 

I have learned that as much as you succeed in your career, there's always someone out there who will try at anything to bring you down, make you doubt yourself, and deter you from any sort of success. The lesson learned is to stand strong and above it all and not let it get to you. Only YOU are in charge of your own success and happiness don't let anyone stand in the way of achieving your own personal goals. Stay humble. Stay smiling. Stay sickening.


6. How long does it take to get into drag?

A quick beat is like a 45/hour mug. A beat in which I am GAGGING over takes an hour and a half this includes padding, dressing, wigging yatta yatta. Fastest strangest mug ever done was on a train to Providence, RI for Pride two years ago I got ready in 30 minutes in the bathroom having to go in and out to let others use the lavatory.



7. What is it like winning the crown at Boston Pride 2013 and holding the title for another consecutive year in 2014?

It was a total shock winning since it was my first ever pageant and I had gone against seasoned queens. I was very honored and humbled to have won the crown and title. I served for two years and I got to help a lot of LGBT organizations and charities though my philanthropy... Eternally grateful of my city and peers for letting me bring positive change to our community through my efforts and that of the Pride committee behind me.


8. What preparation do you need to do in order to get ready for a pageant?

It takes time and lots of planning and not going to happen overnight. Think of every minute detail down to your nail color. Its about presenting the best you that you can show. Think about what holding that title will mean to you and what good you can do with it. It isn't cheap either so if you have a supportive club that can hold a fundraiser for you I suggest you do that too.. Unfortunately I didn't have one of those but I had a supportive drag family who helped guide me along the way and I'm so thankful of that! If you have any questions just shoot me a message to be honest. I'd love to help give you more advice.
 

9. What is one product you can't live without? 

Cabana Boy by Atomic Cosmetics. Nothing but good things to say about their products!! I only have this foundation but I tried a few other products of theirs from some friends and I'm OBSESSED.


 
10. What makes you unique compared to other queens?

I feel I'm very evolutionary in my drag. You're never getting the same face twice or outfit. Staying fresh and surprising my audience is what I live for. I hate seeing the same damn cut crease and pretty dress in a club which is why I choose to branch out of my comfort zone and do so many looks I find interesting and different. I've shown up places as my interpretation of an alien before, bearded lady, and down to good old fashion high-whore drag and everything in between. 


11. What is something that not many people know about you?

I'm an Interior Designer! I went to school for it and am certified; aside from drag, one of my greatest passions in life is decorating and building a home from the outside in.


12. If you could work with anyone, who would you pick and why? Bruce Vilanch because I love his laugh and hair. I want to put little bows in his and mine and take selfies.



13. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I don't see myself stopping what I'm doing now; I live for it and I love it. Hopefully working more in my design field and taking on new ventures as well. 


14. What is the most misunderstood thing about drag, in your opinion?

All drag queens are feminine men. Not the case for many in my opinion; I'm lewd and a total guy in drag. Often times I forget I'm in my mug and will just burp in public and have to giggle and pretend it wasn't me. *twirls hair* I'm delicate 


15. If you were a superhero, and you could pick any superpower to have, what would you pick and why?

Make money rain because we all have bills to pay!


Follow Phaedra:
Twitter: @PhaedraPhaded
Instagram: @phaedraphaded 
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jaxie BearCunt: One of Copenhagen's Unique Talents


While in America, drag has become somewhat mainstream, there are other countries where drag isn't as popular and isn't an everyday thing. Jaxie BearCunt lives in Copenhagen where there's only a few huge shows during the year and the show etiquette is WAY different than American drag shows. With influences such as Milk, Raja, and Grace Towers, Jaxie enjoys putting his own twist on his drag aesthetic.


1. Who is Jaxie Bearcvnt? 

Jaxie Bearcunt is a weird, sweaty, semi-hairy, sexy, juicy, friendly and catloving cunt from Copenhagen, Denmark. She has big lips, especially the upper lip, she loves big eye makeup, she is a blonde and she loves to show off her hairy legs from time to time. 


2. How did you come up with your drag name? 

Very simple; My boy name is Jack, which I twisted a bit, and we have Jaxie. And since I’m a hairy bear AND a cunt, the puzzle just solved itself. 



3. When and why did you begin doing drag? 

My first real time doing drag was for the Copenhagen Pride 2014 with my best friends. The reason why, was that we’ve always talked about it and joked about it. We occasionally dressed up during our many years of friendship, but I always felt like I would look more like an unshaven Greek mom rather than the silicone clown I was destined to become. When I saw Drag Race I wasn’t inspired to do it until I saw Milk! I was so drawn to her aesthetic, and then I knew that drag had a place for me. 



4. Where do you draw inspiration from? 

It is all really in fragments… dragments, if you could say so! I know I’m very inspired by Nina Flowers, Milk, Trixie Mattel, Pearl, Duo Raw, Raja, Dennis Agerblad, Mathu Andersen, Grace Towers and a whole lot of other queens, but I’m more than ever inspired by my own imagination. I’m very affected by video gaming, Yoshitaka Amano’s art, music (really any kind, also from video games!). It all comes to one piece when I bike through the streets of Copenhagen while listening to music, looking at the lakes and people – I accidentally start doing dance moves in front of people, and once I even started to touch my nipple while I got eye contact with a thug across the street. That was hot and scary at the same time!



5. What is the biggest obstacle you've faced during your drag career?

My skin. Definitely. I have hyperhidrosis, but it is not under the arms but the entire body – I sweat so much faster than everybody else. Maxim Wipes cannot even stop it. On top of that, my skin doesn’t take much makeup really well, so especially in the summer, I can’t always blend as I want to, as the makeup comes off as I touch it or even immediately when I apply it. Still working on that. 



6. How is Copenhagen drag different from other countries and their drag scene? 

Copenhagen is very different because we don’t have bars where drag performers work full or part time for tips + booking fee. One reason is that it is not as out as in the states, another is that the Danish money are different. The note of the lowest value is 50 kroner, which is roughly 10 dollars (right now, a bit less) or 5 pounds. No one wants coins in the face – so we need to start some Monopoly money shit. Instead, we Drag House, which is a big show that happens a couple of times a year (at least 4) where the best performers in Denmark perform, next time at Halloween. We also have competitions like Nattens Dronning (not Copenhagen, but Odense), Frøken Verden and a new one I’m going to compete in 4th of September – GOA Awards, which is located in Århus, not Copenhagen. Between the drag performers, the difference is that we have so many different types of drag - each with their own unique style, makeup and so on – the best part is that they’re all quite successful compared to each other. There are no aesthetic that are favored more than another. 



7. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a drag performer?

My least favorite is the sweat thing – sometimes, I have to struggle through the discomfort. It’s like you have to do a catwalk as a model after you pee in your pants. It’s horrible. It’s that! My favorite thing is when I can feel the audience understand me and like what I deliver, because ultimately, that’s what makes me do it. 


8. Do you have a role model? If so, who is it and why? 

I know this sounds obnoxious, but I actually don’t. I admire and respect many people, I ask my boyfriend and friends for advice, but I try to make my own path. 



9. Do you ever get really nervous before performing? If so, how do you deal with it? 

Actually, I don’t get very nervous until the last 60 seconds. I don’t even know how I deal with it, I just think: it’s time to deliver what you know you can deliver. I become excited instead, I feel like I’m at an amusement park, going to try rides.



10. What is something no one really knows about you? 

That I’m actually quite the introvert. I am shy about myself, although I like when I open up about it. That’s why I don’t have many close friends that really know a lot about the real me. 


11. How long does it take you to get ready to perform? 

Makeup I spend 3 hours on – I don’t do makeup all that time, but I like to have time to correct mistakes or to not panic when my skin fucks it up. Then I just need to squeeze down my outfit.. and I’m ready! 


12. If you could describe your drag in one word, what would you choose? 

FISHY! 




13. What is your favorite makeup product to use? 

Clown white powder by Grimas right now – the reason why is because I LOVE the sensation of seeing my big, fat, black, bushy middle eastern brows covered by that snowy, powder. And PROS AIDE!! Oh, I completely forgot! Pros Aide is the thing! I couldn’t live without it! 


14. Which performance has been your favorite that you've ever done? Any specific reason? 

My first – Hi Fashion with ‘Amazing’, because it is important for a performer to understand that they are amazing, and it is so important to have that confidence the song kind of throws at you. I did a great job delivering a unique show and I made people gag over it – so I feel pride when I hear it. 


15. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are 3 things that you couldn't live without?

Burgers, Nintendo and Davide, my boyfriend. And if he’s really smart, he’d bring some music, so I have alone time with my Nintendo, please!! ❤



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