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Could Bearded Drag Queen Win It All?


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Tomorrow night (Saturday) the annual Eurovision Song Contest will reach it’s much expected finale in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. After an entire week of  semi-finals the ultimate 26 songs have been weeded out from a total of 37 contestants to compete for the coveted trophy and title as winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

One of the finalists is Thomas Neuwirth from Vienna, Austria, whose drag persona Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen whose last name literally translates into sausage, has become the most talked about contestant of this year’s singing extravaganza. The publicity surrounding the bearded lady has been predominantly positive as the hosting country of Denmark has seized the opportunity to showcase the country’s inclusive and open attitude towards everyone – including sexual minorities. On the negative side participating countries Belarus and Russia have petitioned to have Conchita Wurst removed altogether from the contest as they found the very concept of an openly gay drag queen offensive to their countries’ moral codex.

The Eurovision Song Contest is not – as the name falsely suggests – a European song contest, but rather a singing competition for members of the Eurovision broadcasting association, which is why non-European countries like Israel and Russia can compete (who are not in in the European Union either). It started out in 1956 as a very Western European song contest, but has over the years evolved to include Eastern European countries and countries not considered European. What was considered a very important music contest launching careers of the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion has over the years become less of a platform to propel a promising music career. In fact, what is mostly noted today is the vast difference between entries from Western and Eastern parts of Europe that span from suggestive milkmaids (Poland) over rainbow color-coordinated rock bands (Iceland) to the staple grand ballads (Norway, Ukraine, Montenegro and Austria).

And then there is Conchita Wurst who has drawn some sort of line through Europe dividing it into West and East when taking into account how nations have reacted to her presence at the singing fete. It’s not the first time there has been transgender controversy in The Eurovision Song Contest because already back 1998 Dana International won the contest with the song “Diva” after she had undergone gender reassignment surgery – so technically she was a girl when competing.

Now the finale awaits and according to Conchita Wurst’s popularity and the bookmakers who tip her to be the hottest favorite, she could be taking the trophy home to Austria with her. And with it maybe no longer the title as “the bearded lady” but the Queen of Eurovision.

We wish Conchita Wurst all the luck in the world – and if you want to see some of the Eurovision Song Contest extravaganza, you can stream it live from right here – the massive show starts at 3 p.m. Saturday Atlanta time.

And please take a look and listen to Conchita’s performance from a semi-final show of her song “Rise Like A Phoenix” – a power ballad of James Bondesque proportions.

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Holler Poodles!

The next phase of the FENUXE program I want to talk about is therapy. Since this is a whole health approach to getting well, healing the mind is as important as healing the body. Many may say “I don’t need therapy” and while I can respect everyone’s decision, I think everyone can learn from the experience. It never hurts to have an educated person totally in your corner!

Therapy is a great sounding board. A friend once shared a story with me that made perfect sense to me and I kinda lived by it for a long time. The story goes “In this world there are people who are eagles and people who are crows. And while the crows may want to fly as high as the eagles, they never will. And as a result, what do the crows do? They talk talk talk about the eagles because that’s all they can do. And the eagles never listen because they’re flying so high they don’t hear the chatter.” My friend said “Richard, you’re an eagle, you don’t have to listen to all the drama, just do your thing.” And that’s how I behaved for years and years–because it made sense to me and because I didn’t know how else to deal with all the drama.

When I talked to my therapist about this, she calmly disagreed. She said the problem with that story is that it creates the perception that someone is better than someone else. It also leaves the other person feeling unheard and unvalidated. Most times someone just needs someone else to listen to them. They may not be asking for your input or for you to solve their problem, they just want to be heard. By not listening to them, it creates a feeling of “he thinks he’s better than me.” LIGHT BULB!! Wow! I was so wrong! While it was never my intention to hurt anyone, it was a conscious decision of mine to stay away from drama. Now I realize people just want to be heard. I don’t have to solve their problem. I can just listen.

For all of you drag aficionados, I’d like you to check out a new exhibit. Legendary Children captures the art, the joy, and the weirdness of the East Atlanta Drag Community at a bright, hopeful moment. These queens are ready to conquer their hometown and their world through drag–and they may just do it. With a drag renaissance led by the immaculate RuPaul, drag has transformed into a powerful way for the queer community to connect with and critique society. Legendary Children documents and celebrates these young, creative, and subversive drag performers as they begin their careers. The photo show will run from September 1 – October 1 at Gallery 1526 in Atlanta. The closing reception on Saturday, September 28 will feature performances by the queens featured in the exhibit.

Love and Lashes,

MEP

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Holler Poodles!

I’m so excited to tell you about a comprehensive program I’ve been invited to participate in. For a couple of years now, I’ve put it “out to the universe” that I wanted to work with a personal trainer and nutritionist so that I could learn how to work out properly and eat healthy. Because of my back surgeries, I was always hesitant to use weights or try complex moves without the assistance of a trained professional. I also knew my eating habits were not the best but I felt completely overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting information on how to lose weight. The result for me was inaction (sitting on my ass).

For anyone who doesn’t know, weight is a complicated issue. You’ve probably heard the saying “It’s not what you’re eating but what’s eating you.” I completely agree. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say I had a fucked up childhood and was pretty much stuck. I used food to not only medicate myself but to push people away. Because I didn’t know how to deal with attraction from others, it was easier to put on weight so I wouldn’t be attractive.

I knew I was stuck and knew I wanted to do something about it and was so thankful when I was approached to participate in a comprehensive wellness program that involves nutrition, therapy, and personal training. At the initial meeting, I met an angel named Kayt Wolfe who has literally changed my life. I felt an instant connection to her and her commitment to a “whole health” approach to living. This wasn’t a quick fix temporary kind of thing. It is for a lifetime! Through her extensive nutritional guidance and exercise program, I feel equipped to take on my weight and exercise challenges.

That’s not to say the road ahead will be easy. There have been some really dark days already. Days when I just wanted to give up because the emotional pain was too much, too raw and seemingly insurmountable. Thankfully, Kayt told me something very profound at a really low point. “You don’t have to understand it in order to change it!” For me, it meant I don’t have to understand the reasons behind the pain and why I was hurt for me to still get up and exercise and eat better. While I will always seek answers, not having those answers allowed me to stay stuck. I now understand if I’m hurting emotionally, I still have to work out and eat right.

I’m truly amazed at how simple Kayt’s approach to nutrition has been. When you have a meal, eat the best you can. Meaning whole food (not processed), organic if you can afford it and stay away from sugar & alcohol. For more information on Kayt, please check out her website at pulsebykaytwolfe.com. You’ll be glad you did!

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more of my story including another crucial component to this process, therapy. I look forward to sharing my journey with all of you.

Love and lashes,

MEP

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Holler Poodles!!

With technology inundating our lives like never before, FENUXE Magazine sent me to the creme de la creme of electronics shows in beautiful downtown Jonesboro, GA to report on all of the new gadgets that are on the brink of changing our humdrum lives. Get your shopping lists out now girls–these are the hottest gadgets you have to have!!

Googly-Eyed-Glasses ($269.69) While we’ve all heard of Google glasses, a smaller, lesser known gay startup has a compelling product you’re sure to love. Googly-Eyed Glasses are like rose colored glasses for the gays. Never again will you wake up after a night of partying to a less-than desirable bedmate. Slide your glasses on and Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are right there caressing your morning wood. In stealth mode, the eyes on the glasses circle hypnotically at your intended. They are at your beck and call.

Beat-It-Boy ($9.99) Marketed as the gay boy’s Pandora Music Service, this cute app for iPhone and Android features all your gay music classics with all the gay icons. But when you’ve met the man of your dreams and are ready to get down to business, tap the “do me” button and an ambient porn soundtrack begins for your encounter. Comes with soundtracks for the ‘70’s (Brown-Chicken-Brown-Cow), 80’s (Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma’am and Now. Also available with vocals if you’re too tired to yell “Oh yeah, Oh, Oh, Mmmmmm, Yeah.”

Lick-A-Lot-A-Puss ($32.69) For the adult lesbian consumer afraid of what might be lurking down there, try the new Jane Lynch Lick-A-Lot-A-Puss. No, it’s not a dinosaur but its not afraid to go where you won’t. Simply slide her on and with a swipe of your finger, you’ll know your friends pH, temp, and if hemoglobin is present. Also available in Celebrity Tongue models… [k.d. Lang-feels like sandpaper]; [Ellen-feels like a Porsche but kinda tickles]

Boo Butt ($15.99 pk/12) You know the drill, you meet Mr. Wonderful and things start to get hot and heavy. Inevitably, you want to get to that certain area but don’t know if the hermetic seal has been broken since his shower this morning. Well, with Boo Butt, you don’t have to guess anymore. Simply attach the micro test strip to your fingertip and “accidentally” touch said area. Boo Butt’s microprocessor analyses the area and wirelessly sends a text message to your iPhone. “You go girl!” or the dreaded (Boo Girl!! You gotta get out of there!!)
Love and lashes,

MEP

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Let’s have a Kiki! Girl, I had to look up kiki–I thought it meant two drag queens having sex. Come to find out, its just a party… a gossipy party. Who knew? Well since I am often a party guest, I can tell you what makes a great party. In fact, you should probably go ahead and clip this article as your ‘go to party guide.’ Follow these simple rules and you will be the master [or sub] of your next gathering.1. Location! Location! Location! Queens do not like to travel far from their appointed nest. Be sure your next party is within the confines of midtown. I highly recommend an exquisite, little known place like Ponce dé Leon as a go to destination. Not only is it rife with colorful characters, the imminent police presence gives you a free flashing blue light show while making your guests feel safe. And what’s a stray bullet between friends?2. Party Theme! Homosexuals love a party theme they can dress up for! Some themes work better than others so be sure you give it a little thought. I personally like a “Cops” themed party given the Ponce de Leon locale. Try not to look too much like a hooker though–you might get yo head bashed upside de Clermont Lounge if someone feels like you is empoaching on they’s terrimatories!3. Alcohol is key! It can make a bad party bearable, a good party great and a great party memorable (or forgettable) depending on how much you drink. I recommend mixing lots of different liquors together ($2 Buck Chuck, PBR & other MD 20/20) to pack a punch that will literally knock your guests out.4. Invite the right people! Diversity is the key! Next time you’re drunk, go on all your social media outlets (Grindr, Scruff, Craigslist) and put out a generic party invitation. I guarantee you’ll have the right mix of people at your next gathering!You now have the right ingredients for the perfect kiki! All you need now is me! I’m only an email away.

Lover and lashes

MEP

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Norcostco Atlanta Costume Makeup Tip:

After your foundation has been set with powder, it is helpful to place loose powder under your eyes to catch loose eye shadow (which can easily be brushed away afterwards) Ben Nye has some heavily pigmented shadows which go on great for drag. In addition, their Lumiere collection is perfect for blending and achieving an airbrushed look. My rule of thumb is to limit eye shadow colors to no more than 3 (light, medium, & dark).

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Holler Poodles!!  

Politics and activism is an interesting topic for me to write about only because I’ve never thought of myself as very political. An activist… maybe? I have a true disdain for politics as a whole–especially the constant fighting and attitude of “i’m right, therefore you must be wrong.” It really drives me a little crazy. So much so I usually retreat to changing the subject. 

In the grand scheme of things, I guess its much like anyone who is passionate about anything–you fight for what you believe in. I’ve spent the better part of my drag career raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS and as an entertainer and writer, I try to remain mostly impartial. To me, its more about encouraging someone to make sure their voice is heard rather than make them agree with my opinion.  

I’ve never been very vocal in my political beliefs because I look at politics as a very slippery slope. Once you are pigeon holed as this or that, it is very hard for people to see you as anything other than that. Like most people I know, I have very strong feelings about what I believe but I also recognize my friends who I love and respect have very strong opinions. The few I may choose to discuss politics with are intelligent people (amongst other things) who can converse and debate issues without judging me because I may feel differently. The fact that we may disagree about an issue doesn’t negate our feelings for each other. I have learned to just respect that other people may feel differently and that our individual voices will be heard on election day.

Activism seems to go hand in hand with drag. The sheer act of being in drag can be construed by some as a kind of “F*ck You” to the establishment. In the early days of the AIDS crisis, many individuals were in drag to “Act Up” and raise awareness and demand the government do something. Activists have recognized for a long time that a man in a dress garners a lot of attention. And as such, drag queens are often the first people contacted for a cause, benefit etc. Yet, we are also the first individuals maligned by our own community. While attitudes and perceptions are gradually changing, I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve heard say really hurtful things about drag in general but those same individuals are the first to ask you to do a benefit for them. 

No matter what your feelings are about politics and activism are, I encourage you to get out and vote every opportunity to make sure your voice is heard.

Lover and lashes

MEP

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Lauryn Hill Disses Drag Queens


Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

Actress, model, singer, and incarcerated felon Lauryn Hill has something to say about the world — and it’s not pretty.

Citing “drag queens” in a rather long list of what’s wrong with society, her new song “Neurotic Society” has certainly snagged the community’s attention. The singer, currently in the pen for tax evasion, released the track just days before her three-month stint in the big house.

The lyrics put drag queens into the same “godless” category as druggies, pimps, pushers, and the like.

So what’s the verdict? Check out the video below and try not to let the hecticism tax your psyche.

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Holler Poodles!

With summer right around the corner, I know all of you fashionistas are looking to me to set the trend for the summer… And I am here to tell you the trend is skin!! That’s right readers, skin… as in naked! Or nearly naked! Bare as you dare! Oh hell, why not be naked? It’s affordable, it’s your body and its yours to celebrate.

How many people are nudists at home? I find it’s just easier to stay naked. It’s so much cooler in the summertime. Plus, you save so much on laundry. And when the pizza guy delivers, I always answer the door as naked as the day I was born. I let him see my long pendulous breasts swaying to and fro as if to hypnotize him into submission (only if he’s cute!).

I’m not sure why some people have such a problem with nudity but in my opinion, we should all
give it a try at least once. I think it would help our acceptance of each other and tear down some walls. Can you imagine if world leaders or politicians had to stand in front of each other nude to debate issues? I bet things would be vastly different.

I see all of these pictures of The World Naked Bike Ride and other nude events on the net and think why not? In a sense, when we are nude we are our “freest” selves. We are not obstructing our physicality with clothing. It’s as if to say accept me as I am. As I’ve gotten older (shut up bitches) I see nudity very differently from when I was younger.

When I was a kid, i didn’t give it much thought one way or another. I remember going to the YMCA with my “big brother” and saw all of these naked men swimming. I immediately told my big brother I wanted to swim naked too and he let me. I remember feeling so free and happy, not in a sexual way but unencumbered. Later as a young adult, I often found locker rooms embarrassing–more because of my scars from back surgery than from my actual nudity.

It was my own insecurities about my scars that triggered feelings of inadequacy. It wasn’t till about 10 years ago a friend totally changed my perception. He said he thought scars were kinda neat… that they told a story and the history of a person. I had never thought of it in those terms before. It suddenly helped me accept my scars. Suddenly, being nude in front of others wasn’t about my self inflicted shame of my scars–it was about being comfortable in my own skin!

Love and lashes,

Mary Edith Pitts

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Holler Poodles! Many of you have been asking me for makeup tips for quite some time so I am pleased to partner with Norcostco Atlanta Costume to bring you a series of drag makeup tips. With the popularity of drag at an all time high, it’s nice to see a business specifically reach out to our community to accommodate specific needs. As the old saying goes ladies… “Cover girl does not cover boys!”

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the store after a very long absence. I was greeted by friendly, knowledgeable associates and was blown away by the new selection of products available. I’m talking MAJOR! They are not only equipped with all of your drag makeup needs but all of the film industry’s needs as well. They are well versed in “drag” makeup and very happy to help. If you’re a first timer, don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.

So let’s get started. As a makeup artist, I will tell you that there are as many ways to do drag makeup as there are makeup artists. I achieve my desired look maybe differently from someone else. And while there is no right or wrong way to do makeup, application and knowing your product is crucial.

First and foremost is skin care. Ladies, please take care of your skin. After wearing makeup, please take it off with makeup remover, exfoliate and then moisturize! I can’t stress how important this is!

The next step is foundation. Think of it like this–a house cannot be built without a strong foundation and without a flawless makeup foundation, your face will look rotted! It may start off pretty but it will not last without the support of good makeup. Some men with pronounced beards may require a beard cover up or neutralizer to keep the hair from casting a gray shadow under your makeup.

Assuming you don’t need this, apply your Ben-Nye creme foundation. Some drag queens apply foundation with a brush, others use a sponge and others use their fingertips. I always use a makeup spatula to cut out the amount I need onto a palette so I don’t contaminate the foundation with germs. I then use a Ben Nye Foundation brush to apply the makeup to my skin. If your skin is already near perfect, you can mix the foundation with a moisturizer to get a sheer look. But in my experience, most of us girls need full coverage.

My technique is to match the skin tone of my hand (some say neck) and apply the makeup all over smoothly. The trick is to then go back with a contour color (usually two to three shades darker) and a highlighter (two to three shades lighter) and then blend with either a brush or makeup sponge. I prefer a sponge to blend. You can see from the picture below how drastic it will look before you blend it all together. The colors used are not an exaggeration but when blended will give you a flawless foundation. The next step is to powder it down. More on that next time.

Be sure to go to Atlanta Costume for all of your makeup needs.

Love and lashes,

Mary Edith Pitts

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Holler Poodles!!  

Make sure you check out the next issue of Fenuxe for my next column as I am about to embark on a new and exciting journey.  Until then, I want to answer some mail.

From BillyK: Not to be rude but why do drag queens use duck tape to hold their junk? I sometimes see pieces of it hanging out of their costumes. Well, humm, I guess technically it’s called a gaff and the purpose is to hold your lady bumps in so you appear smooth down there.  I’m not sure who thought to use duct/duck tape originally but it seems to be widely used in the industry. Other queens use a dancer’s belt which is like a very tight thong to keep everything in. Personally, I’m hung like a tic tac so I use a postage stamp.

From Thumpah: Love your column and been followin you awhile.  You guys rocked Jungle a couple of weeks ago. What is Jerusalem House all about? Thanks sweetie! We all had a great time putting on that show at the Jungle and raised lots of money for Jerusalem House.  Jerusalem House is Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent housing for Atlanta’s low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. 91 cents of every dollar donated to JH goes directly to fund programs. With the recent sequestration, HIV/AIDS charities will be hit hard and it is more crucial now than ever to support Jerusalem House.  As a board member of Jerusalem House, I encourage you to make a donation of your time, energy, talents or money at www.jerusalemhouse.org.

From Elgin: Good Day! I am Elgin. I still have the column from June 14, 2012 where you chronicled your weight loss journey. I would like to invite you to my step aerobics class each Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Colony Square/24 hour fitness. Hope to see you soon. Elgin, thank you for thinking of me! As you’re probably keenly aware, weight loss is a journey and once again I strayed off the road. I recently slipped while getting in the shower and hurt my knee but I will make a promise to attend your class within the next month as it heals!  I’m really looking forward to getting back to a whole health approach.

I want to say thanks for sending the hot naked pictures you’ve sent of yourselves… my lady balls were very busy.  Keep ‘em coming!

Till next time, Holllllerrrrrr!

Love and lashes!

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