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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Meet Sammie: adventure photographer and conscious consumer

Recently I was lucky enough to interview adventure photographer, social media influencer and my digital friend Sammie Chan for The National Student.  We talked photo editing tips, favourite travel destinations and Instagram. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“I recently had the pleasure of talking to Sammie Chan, an incredibly talented adventure photographer, social media influencer, and self-proclaimed conscious consumer based in Toronto.

 

Sammie and I connected through a blogging group about a year ago and since then I have eagerly followed her travels via Instagram and her website. In her bio Sammie says that she is, “just an adventurous soul living her best life”, and this couldn’t be more evident than on her Instagram. She pairs a keen eye for beautiful aesthetics and compelling photographs with an authenticity and thoughtfulness that is often rare on the social platform these days.

In our interview, we discuss everything from favourite travel destinations, to the pros and cons of Instagram as a platform for influencers and travellers:

What sparked your interest in travel photography?

I’ve been fascinated with my parents’ film photos since I was a kid – I always found myself flipping through old photo albums to relive those golden moments, they really tell a story. Funnily enough, I think I really dove into travel photography by appreciating my surroundings where I grew up – in Vancouver, BC. It’s hard not to be inspired by nature there! 

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What tips do you have for aspiring travel photographers? 

I am definitely no expert, but to those who are just starting out and picked up their first camera, I would recommend looking at your surroundings with a different perspective and trying to capture that….”

To read the full interview check it out here

Poetry Collection: Shackles & Scissors

At the end of last year, I wrote a little poetry collection called Shackles and Scissors. I hesitated before deciding to share this collection because it is always daunting putting your creative work out into the world, especially when it’s close to your heart, as these poems are. I put a lot of (quite real) sweat and tears into these poems, wanting to capture the rawness of loss in a way that not only speaks truthfully to my own life but to others’ as well.  

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Already I look back at some of these poems and cringe, because they’ll always be works in progress to me, but eventually you have to let go of your darlings, and I think a little imperfection is what makes poetry so human. 

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I tortured writing it!  

The link to the collection, again:  Shackles and Scissors