Over the past few months, drag has become an integral part of my life. For a while, through shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, and following drag performers on social media, it was simply as a source of inspiration and confidence as a queer person; a title I never really accepted as my sexuality was something I wanted to keep private and disconnected from my work.
However, drag has helped me explore and embrace this aspect of myself, encouraging me to grow as an individual and creative person. It has also introduced me to a community I love and identify with, in which I see a tangible future for my art, journalism and as a performer.
In another post, I’ll go into more depth about why I do drag and why my drag as an AFAB performer is valuable, but first, I have some news to share:
Along with adopting a drag queen persona (which you can check out on my other Instagram account ‘Stella Marbles‘), I want to use my journalism to give drag more exposure, in my small way, sharing the incredible art and individuals that make up this diverse community in the UK and further afield.
To kick this off, I’m starting a series of articles for The National Student called ‘English Eleganza’ in which I’ll be interviewing and showcasing drag artists and performers from around the UK. In the series’ first article, I interviewed drag queens Cheryl Hole, The Vivienne and Ellie Clark.
You can check out the full piece here and stay tuned for further instalments!