I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole Disser at Bedford + Bowery about my monthly drag show, NIGHTGOWNS, how Sasha Velour came to be, and how I see the world.
"‘I totally discovered this character through visual art, and that’s another reason why the magazine made sense– to me, there’s a really strong personal connection between visual art and drag,’ he explained. ‘I saw the parallels right away between this self-created identity you have with drag and the ability of a cartoonist or an illustrator to craft a whole world of living, breathing characters on the page, with like no money.’
Drag was of course a fun outlet for Sasha, but it also became a form of serious artistic expression. ‘To some people “beauty” sounds really superficial, but to me, beauty is a way of interpreting and stylizing the world that lets you have power as a marginalized person,’ he explained."
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