Never having felt fulfilled by pursuing the mainstream idea of femininity—one that panders directly to the male gaze—she found inspiration elsewhere. "My makeup and my beauty allow me to embrace my femininity and be really extreme with [it], but in a way that’s a ‘fuck you’ to men."
And while the nightlife and drag communities have embraced her form of protest beauty, she still witnesses the subtle prejudice that comes with being a woman—in any space. “I think that’s just what it’s like being a woman, even a woman artist,” she said. “I also do a lot of fashion, and nobody is being outright misogynistic, but it’s there—in the undertones.” That’s why her designs and her drag, have become so important to the Philadelphia native, and why they’re such a mainstay in the city’s queer community: because they’re an antidote to sexist double-standards—a woman’s own version of high femme.
How would you describe your signature look? What's the inspiration behind it?
It’s so funny because I feel like I have my drag look and my day look, and I feel like the inspiration for my day look is my drag look. I like the way I look in drag, but I don’t have time to do that every day. So, my day look is a mini version of that. What inspired my drag look, though, was sort of looking like a doll, because that’s what all my outfits look like—these big ball gown, doll moments with the cheeks and white face and super exact lips. Also, Pat McGrath and Galliano’s Dior. Everyone in nightlife is such a big fan of both, and that’s what I’ve always been trying to look like—and my version is that of a doll.
You've essentially been doing a mini version of drag since you were very young, before even knowing what it was. How did it manifest? Do you remember at what age you started creating looks?
I’ve always been such a weird little kid—I remember being in probably early middle school, going on the internet and finding Doe Deere’s blog, and thinking, ‘Oh my God’—that was the first time I saw a woman that I wanted to look like. From then on, it was really about wearing blue lipstick and dying my hair crazy colors. I was also a little kid, so I was just experimenting and having fun.
Is there a drag scene where you’re from in Philadelphia?
There is an interesting drag scene there. When I was there, I was super underage, but I was really lucky—I met some cool women and some cool drag queens and there was one drag venue you could go to underage. I went out like, twice, in drag in Philadelphia.