My name is Porsche Ferrari, and I am a Drag Queen.
Whew! Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get to know each other a little better. I am actually a Drag Queen in training; I have never done drag before. I watched RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo with an ex this past winter and came out for every night of Esta Bunny’s Drag Race at Nations here in Richmond over the summer. I loved it. The spectacle, the long legs and ample bosom, and the balls it takes to place yourself up there to be judged by friends and strangers in a bar. Loved it all! I thought to myself “I can do this, and I think I can Rock It out!”
So here I am.
Many queens have what is known as a “Drag Mother,” a more experienced drag queen who will guide her along the way out of the sequined closet. I am a “Drag Orphan” and am going to try this on my own. I have friends who are defiantly helping me along the way. A pair of kick-ass boots here, a frock and heels there are very helpful, but the thing I value most of all right now is make-up. I have a make-up artist friend who works for a high-end cosmetics line in Richmond. A genius! I have cheeks and lips and, most importantly, I have high eyebrows. Men have a thicker brow that is unmistakable on a stage. Option “A” is to shave them off, but then my everyday self would have to explain to co-workers and children why I had to eyebrow. Option “B” is to make them disappear, temporarily. The hair needs to lay flat and blend in with the rest of the skin, then a thinner, higher brow is painted on. It took three tries to make it work. Theatrical scar wax clumped and cracked every time I moved my face. Spirit gum was too thin and didn’t hold the brow flat. The solution is Elmer’s Glue Stick. The 99¢ purple stick that elementary schools children use to affix noodles to construction paper was going to be used to make me fabulous.
So, I make my big debut this Thursday, September 17th @ 9:00 p.m. at Nations Bar & Grill. Are you ready for a ride with a new Ferrari?
I’ll be taking you along for the ride. Follow me!
Porsche will be chronicling her adventures as a contestant in Esta’s Drag Race week after week on GayRVA. You can catch her Thursday nights at Nations to see if she makes it through to the next round. She’s also on Facebook. Nations is at 2729 W. Broad St.