Why I do drag & new article for The National Student

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Print Feature in The National Student

I am proud and excited to share with you guys my feature in the latest print edition of The National Student. It is so wonderful and surreal to see my work in print and I’m very thankful for the National Student for believing in me, giving me so many great opportunities and really helping to launch my career in the field of journalism.

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Students will be distributing copies at universities across the UK, including my very own Exeter University, but you can also check out the whole issue online here – I highly recommend it, it’s full of amazing and talented work! And if you want to read more of my articles for the National Student, click here.

 

6 Tips To Make The Most of Florence

I’m so excited to share with you guys a new article I wrote for We Are Travel Girls! I visited Florence months ago but now I can finally share with you all my tips and tricks to making the most out of this beautiful, wonderful city. Take a look at the article below…

“Florence is a magnificent city, full of history and charm. There is so much to see that it can be overwhelming to decide what things to do whilst you are visiting. In this post we share 6 top tips to help you make the most of your time in Florence. These pieces of advice will help you to savour and enjoy the beauty of Florence and never want to leave!

  1. Avoid the Gelato Mountains

One of the most useful tips I learnt while in Florence was how to find the best gelato. Walking around the city centre you are lured by window-front gelaterias with high piled mountains of gelato but don’t be fooled. I learnt from a local that these fancy ‘ice cream mountains’ aren’t real gelato.

In fact, the best gelato melts because it is fresh and doesn’t have preservatives that allow it to be moulded that high. Look for the gelaterias where the ice cream is away from the window, and in modest tubs; that is the best stuff. My personal favourites are the ‘Antica Gelateria Fiorentina’ near the city centre and ‘Gelateria della Passera’ on the Santo Spirito side of the Ponte Vecchio.”

To read the rest of the article, check it out here! Have any of you been to Florence? What was your favourite part of the city? I’d love to know xx