“Alexander Velvet with his cat Ivana”
Meet my masculine alter-ego, inspired by the legendary Drag Kings of history (who I think are just as responsible for the camp sensibility as us queens!)
I think of Annie Hindle & Vesta Tilley (the most successful drag kings of Vaudeville), Gladys Bentley (drag king/musician of the Harlem Renaissance), Josephine Baker and Marlene Dietrich, Diane Torr (80s performance artist who created “man-for-a-day” drag king workshops) especially Stormé Delarverie (the king who hosted the “Jewel Box Revue” and according to legend/herself, threw the first punch at Stonewall). Plus the many amazing kings of today who are developing some of the most original drag out there! Learn your drag history, darlings!
Photo: Tanner Abel Backdrop: Charles Broderson Hair: Marcoswigs, re-styled by Travis Numes with assistance from Renegade Hair