Whether you’re a macho straight man or even a prissy girly-girl, everyone has an inner drag queen inside of them. From the way you walk, the way you talk, and even your diva ego are all aspects that every drag queen uses when they’re performing on and off stage. I believe if I were a drag queen my name would be Kitten solely because I fucking love my cat. Every month at Town Danceboutique in D.C., there’s a fabulous event filled with wigs, make-up, and attitude that puts Naomi Campbell to shame. The event is known as “So You Think You’re A Drag Queen?” and it brings all the glitterati sashaying to Town just to catch their favorite local drag queens compete to become the next big act in D.C. And your’s truly got to go backstage and get the inside scoop.
If you’re still somewhat hazy, or somewhat drunk like me, about “So You Think You’re A Drag Queen?”, my friends over at Metro Weekly have been documenting it since 2010 so watch the video above. “So You Think You’re A Drag Queen?”, hosted by Lena Lett and Shi-Queeta-Lee, is essentially an homage to the ubiquitous “RuPaul’s Drag Race” where there is a panel of guest judges (Derek Brown, Epiphany B. Lee, Tatianna, and Ba’Naka) that critique the queens and the winner is chosen by the audience. Let me just say, the turnout was mind-blowing and there even was a bachelorette party taking place. Let me tell you, nothing gets straight women going than seeing a drag queen throwing them shade. Here’s an example:
Drag Queen to bachelorette party: “Let me see your ring, honey. Oh, it’s sooooo tiny. Good for you, sweetie!”
The drag queen contestants were:
One of my favorite performances was done by Ba’Naka Deveraux, who performed “Boy Is A Bottom“. So chic.
Honestly, I couldn’t really remember the rest of the show because I was in a text war with my drug dealer. But if could guess, there were drag queens, dresses, wigs, like maybe Tatianna from season 2 of Rupaul’s Drag Race was there…
Also make-up, high heels, maybe a Dolly Parton drag queen…
My all-time favorite and the drag queen I was rooting for, Alessandra McQueen, took to the stage and released her inner Sasha Fierce.
After the show I got to go backstage and catch up with the hilarious and profound Lena Lett who is also an ordained minister. How fucking amazing is that?
Since Lena is a devout catholic, we got to talk about the Pope. “I think this Pope is a breath of fresh air. He is very humble.”, Lena says, “He takes the message of the gospel personally and the integrity of the gospel personally.” When it came to her performing as a comic in the drag queen circuit, she told how she’s been performing for about 17 years and has collected about a thousand outfits over the years.
I also got the opportunity to catch up with one of the runner-up of “So You Think You’re A Drag Queen”, Francesca Adams.
“My middle name, in boy form, is Francis, so that’s where I got Francesca. And Adams I took from a very dear friend of mine.”, she told me while I stared at her flawless eye make-up. Although Francesca performed to Richgirl’s “He Ain’t Wit Me Now (Tho)”, she does cite Beyonce as one of her musical inspirations and fashion inspirations.
Oh, yeah, and this happened.
Town hosts “So You Think You’re A Drag Queen” every month so be sure to attend if you’re ever in the area. You’ll get to see things like this…
Great cutlets, girl.