A 21-year-old woman wants to show that drag isn’t just for gay men, as she was inspired to become a female drag queen after watching TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Assistant manager Parker, from Orlando, Florida, had always been a fan of all things to do with theater and makeup while growing up, so when she first watched RuPaul’s Drag Race at 19 she started to explore how she could become a drag queen as a female.
Taking inspiration from the TV series, Parker started imitating the makeup of her favorite queens; Brian Michael Firkus’ Trixie Mattel and Matt James Lent’s Pearl Liaison.
Passion: Parker, from Orlando, Florida, decided to pursue drag after watching the hit television series RuPaul’s Drag Race, which inspired her to get into drag
Alter ego: The 21-year-old created an alter-ego for herself, who she named Polly Amory (pictured), and she now performs lip-sync routines as part of her act
Inspiration: The assistant manager said that her favorite drag queens include Brian Michael Firkus’ Trixie Mattel and Matt James Lent’s Pearl Liaison
It was then through Twitter that she was introduced to other women who were into drag and she hasn’t let her gender hold her back from pursuing her passion.
It can take Parker up to three-hours to transform into her fabulous alter-ego, Polly Amory, and she has recently started performing lip sync routines as part of her act.
She said: ‘When I was 19, my manager suggested I watch RuPaul’s Drag Race because she thought I would like it. So, I started watching it that week and became obsessed.’
Au natural: Parker pictured in her usual day-to-day hair and makeup look
‘I’ve always been a big fan of theater and makeup so drag felt like a continuation of my love for those things.
‘I wanted to try and emulate the makeup of some of my favorite RuGirls, so I just started doing makeup on myself at home.’
Parker added that although she likes messing around with different styles of makeup, her favorite thing to do is to recreate looks from other ‘queens’.
She explained: ‘Everyone has a different way to do their makeup, so you learn so many cool tricks by trying to follow someone else’s makeup routine.
‘I also get the chance to find out which shapes I think look best on my features by trying out so many different looks’.
One of Parker’s main inspirations when she first got into doing drag makeup was Trixie Mattel – an American drag queen.
Parker explained: ‘I loved how intense her makeup was, and I found myself trying to imitate it very often when I first started out.
‘I also used Pearl’s makeup as a reference a lot when I first started doing drag because she always looks stunning. I also get a lot of inspiration from local queens’.
Dream come true: Parker with her drag hero, Trixie Mattell, whose makeup she said she used to imitate when she first started getting into drag makeup
Fierce! Parker, pictured as Polly Amory, can take anywhere between two and three hours to transform herself into her alter ego
Every day look: One of the 21-year-old’s favorite things about doing drag is getting to transform herself and go out ‘as almost a whole different person’
Parker was introduced to the concept of female drag queens on Twitter after she became interested in drag.
She explained: ‘Through Twitter I was introduced to the concept of female drag queens pretty quickly after getting into drag, so there was never really a time I thought I couldn’t do drag and enjoy as a female’.
Parker now shares regular posts to her Instagram page, where she boasts more than 750 followers.
Confident! Parker has met lots of new ‘like-minded’ friends since immersing herself in the world of drag
She usually gives herself between two and three hours to complete her makeup look.
When her makeup is done, she has to get ‘wig and outfit ready’.
She explained that when she was trying to think of an appropriate drag name, she knew that she wanted to incorporate a pun into a name that was also ‘cute’.
‘So, one night I randomly thought of Polly Amory, which fit my criteria,’ she said.
‘Polyamory is basically when you have multiple partners or relationships at the same time, and everyone is aware and consenting.
‘Cheating is not being polyamorous,’ she added.
Parker loves the process of transforming herself into Polly Amory and loves the fact that she can take on a whole new persona when she is Polly and immersing herself into the world of drag means she has met lots of new like-minded friends who can appreciate her talent for the art form.
Most importantly, Parker wants to show the world that drag isn’t just for gay men but for those who were assigned female at birth and transgender too.
Popular: Parker regularly shares photo of herself dressed up as her alter-ego Polly Amory on her Instagram page, where she has garnered almost 800 followers
Positive: Parker said that despite sometimes receiving criticism, she remains positive, saying: ‘As long as you’re happy with how you look and what you’ve created, then that’s what matters’
Versatile: Parker said that she wants to spread the message that drag isn’t just for gay men by partaking in the industry herself
She said: ‘I like the whole process of getting into drag and going out as almost a whole different person.
‘I’ve been able to meet a lot of new people and form a lot of friendships because of drag.
‘Everyone is going to receive criticism for things they do. You just have to realize that no matter what you do, someone won’t like your makeup, or your outfit, or your whatever.
‘As long as you’re happy with how you look and what you’ve created, then that’s what matters.
‘I want to convey the message that drag isn’t just for gay men. Anyone can do drag as long as they’re willing to put in the effort it takes,’ she added.
‘AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth), trans, and gender non-conforming performers put so much effort into their craft but hardly get the recognition they deserve compared to the amount of recognition given to white gay males who do drag.’