Last night was filled with so many secret delights. Glitzy frocks, sequinned bras, crazy eyelashes, platinum wigs, fishnets, lipstick, garters and heels.
Amazing gorgeous glorious men, all dressed up as women. Drag artists. Brave, bold, brilliant drag artists, doing exactly what they love to do – being women!
We were at Buzz 9 in Melville, Johannesburg for the Diva Divine Drag Extravaganza and these Divas were amazing.
They strutted their stuff, sang out loud, danced, flirted, bit their bottom lips and were basically, completely totally outrageous.
And we had the best outrageous fun with them.
We wolf whistled when Charne came on stage as Tina Turner. We oohed and aahed when Sally did a very sexy Britney Spears number, and we roared with laugher when Kitana rolled her hips against the super conservative man sitting with me.
The audience was unbelievably appreciative. And I think we were all a teeny bit jealous. Not just of the outfits and the glitz and glam but of these men who were not scared to be what they wanted to be.
It was fabulous. Until Kitana Klitorus came out for the last number. And then we all went very quiet. And surprisingly, some of us cried.
She picked up the microphone, held it towards her bright pink plump lips, and sang Shirley Bassey’s This is my Life. As she sang, with incredible raw emotion, she stepped out of her glittery frock, peeled off her corset and bravely removed her padded bra.
This was not a strip show. This was Kitana baring her soul. She continued singing – This is me, This is me – in just her fishnets, heels and eyelashes. By the time she removed her wig she stood in front of us, the woman, or man, that she is, without any pretence. Just pride.
Flat chested, short haired, penis-hidden and fearless Kitana.
It was one of the bravest performances I’ve seen.
And then the artists went back to flashing their legs, flicking their hair, showing off their cleavage and flamboyantly waving goodbye.
When I left I was curious. I know I said they had no fear. The truth is I have no idea what their daily lives entail and how hard it is to be a drag artist. I would very much like to know and I do have an interview set up with Charne.
She said she would love to talk to me, but that I should be very aware of one thing.
‘Be careful, dear Violet,’ she said. ‘ Because I may well walk away with your bra.’
Lucky I hardly ever wear one.
Plink. With artists Kitana Klitorus, Charné Churchill and Sally Werq