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" Absolutely anyone can and must do drag. "
" I love 'Threepenny Opera'; I was exposed to it as a little kid because my parents, my mom and my dad, had bonded, when they were dating, over 'Threepenny Opera' and introduced it to me, a child, who could barely understand it. But I immediately gravitated even from that early age. "
" We need to talk about representation for queer people in the media and also in law. And there's a long history of drag queens leading those discussions in marches on the street and even in bars going back to the time of Stonewall and before. "
" I hope we see more avenues for representation. More TV shows and films starring queer people, especially QPOC and nonbinary folks, more mainstream press coverage of our artwork and fashion, and more representation of our interests within politics. "
" I love being kind of reserved and serious and then having these explosions of passion when it comes time to perform. "
" I'd say my fashion or beauty tip is to take the thing about you that makes you most distinctive and then exaggerate it. So if you have a little bushy unibrow, make it a dramatic unibrow. If you're balding, go completely bald. "
" Right when I was starting to experiment with drag, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and during her chemo treatment, she lost all of her hair. And for her, the idea of being a fem with no hair was really difficult. "
" For me, my greatest weakness is also my greatest strength: I'm a complete overthinker about everything. "
" I'm a drag queen who is thoughtful and serious about drag in addition to being funny, ambitious, and glamourous. "
" No matter what you're doing, whether it's a makeup tutorial or an interview or a lip sync, performance is the essence of drag. It is gender performance. Being able to produce a performance is what a superstar has to do. "
" To costume yourself in the way that you fantasize, to make that a reality, and then to go right into the universe looking like an exceptional being takes a lot of courage. "
" The loss of my mom really inspired me to go to a place with my performances that were emotionally honest, and I found that audiences really responded to that. People need to see heartbreak transformed into beauty. "
" The truth is I do take drag really seriously, and I think that there's kind of a place for that - to see it as this political and historical art form, and to want to continue pushing it in new directions. And also honor the old directions as well. So I'm sort of like a drag intellectual/drag queen. "
" The truth is, a lot of people go to drag shows, really, for very light entertainment, and I think sometimes maybe we don't even give the audiences enough credit as to what they'd be down for. "
" I think Bianca Del Rio should be in politics. "
" As a drag performer, my identity exists in music, art, and fashion, not in any one 'language' of gender or 'appearance.' "
" People are so serious about ourselves, and drag suggests that maybe it's all just a bunch of ideas, and we can be a little bit more flexible with them. "
" Purple has always been my favorite color... but purple, when I was a little kid, was a color that boys weren't really allowed to wear. That's what all the kids at school told me. I filled my wardrobe with as much purple as I could possibly find, because who cares? Life's too short to dress by other people's rules. "
" I try to write an essay every time I speak. "
" I find inspiration in the movies I've loved, especially all films ever made about Dracula. "
" I've always tried to twist the ideas of beauty that are maybe considered to be ugly by the mainstream. I was already kind of toying with that when it comes to baldness, which came from a discussion with my mother about how to be considered a beautiful woman if you're bald. "
" I love hearing the same songs over and over again - as long as queens challenge themselves to come up with new ways of performing them. "
" That's what I wanted 'Pirate Jenny' to be: a queer, revolutionary fairy tale for the people that I love. "
" A superstar doesn't just use the spotlight for themselves. "
" People started bringing their own personal work to 'Nightgowns,' and that's really when it started to become a really distinctive show. "
" Drag is about asserting your power and your brilliance and your importance. "
" Racism is a problem everywhere, especially in this country, but all over the world, and especially within queer space. "
" The political nature of 'Threepenny Opera' is immediately visible. I just think that that's not always a part of acceptable and fun entertainment that we're exposed to - that political side. "
" My favorite diva is Dame Shirley Bassey from the U.K. I just love that every song she sings becomes crazy and intense with feeling. That's how I feel in my daily life. "
" I think sometimes you have to imagine a fantasy world in which we are represented and visible the way we should be. "
" A lot of people still have the idea that drag goes from one end of the gender spectrum to the other end of the gender spectrum, and they expect drag queens to be masculine out of drag and hyper-feminine in drag. I think that portrays a lot of binary thinking and, ultimately, a lot of misogyny. "