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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Interview with ‘She Is Not Lost’

Hey everyone, I am thrilled so excited to share with you my ‘The National Student’ interview with Carina Otero, founder of the Instagram platform + online travel community ‘She Is Not Lost’. I have followed and wanderlusted over ‘She Is Not Lost’s stunning Instagram feed for years and so I was beyond thrilled when Carina agreed to do an interview with me. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

What started out as a personal collection of travel inspiration has turned into She Is Not Lost’s Instagram account, the ultimate wanderlust collection which features incredible travel pictures taken by women all around the world. She Is Not Lost also has its own website that helps women book and plan their travel adventures, shop for must-have travel items and share advice.

Carina and I talk solo travel, saving money, unforgettable experiences, Instagram tips and more…

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What inspired you to start She Is Not Lost?

I always used Instagram as a tool to find inspiration and scout beautiful locations in areas I wanted to travel to. I came across so many images taken by inspiring female travelers and would save them to a folder for myself to look at later. One day I thought of sharing this great collection in hopes of inspiring others, and She Is Not Lost was born!

What do you enjoy most about connecting with such a large community of female travelers?

What I find it amazing is that I share of images of dramatically different locations from travelers all over the world, yet the sense of community within She Is Not Lost makes the world feel closer and more connected, with so many women sharing a single interest in appreciating its beauty.”

To read the full interview check it out here