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My drag has been at its best and I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long while since I got to Boston—and I’m quite eloquent, too, haha. Alas, I haven’t been documenting things properly. 💖 I am so grateful to my friends and family here: S/O to @kandidishe, @heartharley, @pickyourpoise, @violenciaexclamationpoint , @shampayne8, @dragqueenjp & @queenkirlia in particular!
BOSTON, CHAOS IS COMING! 👹 You get a full week of my shenanigans: . - MON (Dec 2) 11:30PM ... 🌟 @allstarmondays at @machinenightclub . - TUE (Dec 3) 7:30PM ... 🧤judging @bosdraggauntlet Cycle 3 finale at @jacquescabaret . - WED (Dec 4) 9PM ... 🎭 Nowhere-Near-Broadway Revue at @clubcafeboston . - THU (Dec 5) 10PM ... 🏡 Houseboi at @middlesexlounge . - FRI (Dec 6) all day ... 🍛 You take me out to lunch and dinner. . - SAT (Dec 7) 7:30PM ... 🅰️➕ at the Keller Room in Jordan Hall at @necmusic, in association with @necasian . 📸: @haveyous1na
DO YOU LIKE BOYS? 💐 We filmed this music video for @primmemusic earlier in the month, and honestly it was my best filming experience ever. 🎬 Video out now! . Cast: @itscooperyall, @emigrate_drag, @jamestison, @thejoanjoel, @mizdiamondwigfall, @trcyanthny, @willshish, @zachary.flores211 Choreographer / Associate Creative Director: @Clinton_Edward Cinematographer: @angelo_vasta Director of American Sign Language: @thejoanjoel Deaf Community & ASL Consultant: @bkazenmaddox Makeup: Priscilla Perez @pree_wee Production Assistant: @krikabee BTS Videography: @marinellimovingpictures
I did a practice beat last night, coz I wanted to work on symmetry, gradient and precision—so I can be one step closer to that Elizabeth James blend. 💄 Love you and miss you, @andthenblake! . Backdrop from @columnightbus. This is the first time in forever I’ve had my space clear enough to show off the gorgeous Celtic (?) tapestry. . Also, I swear by #micellarwater for #makeupremoval, and I’ve started buying in bulk.
I’m friends with some strange, strange people ... and I love them all—coz I’m one of them.
For my 5th anniversary in drag, I decided to take on a special challenge for myself: to do my makeup on stage, taking inspiration from queer icon @officialannielennox and drag legend @cassdena—and I had to do it at 🅰️➕ with my family. . Due to physical limitations of my own body and the space, I restricted the performance to solely doing eye makeup. 👁✨👁 I’m pretty happy with the outcome and audience reception, despite a brush breaking in the middle of the performance. I’d bought the dress online back in early 2016, and I’ve been upgrading it with rhinestones and ostrich feathers over the past 6 months. And I made the headpiece the night before. . Thank you all for joining me on this journey! 💖 It is truly special being able to play dress up, act out, surround myself with chosen family, make new friends and earn some money. . 📸: @agentwednesday . ✖️⭕️✖️⭕️
It’s Emi, not Mario! . This week marks 5 years of being Emi Grate. 👑 Thank you all for joining me on this journey of exploring race, gender, culture, migration, social class, art, design and their intersections! I’ve been hella depressed lately, so here’s a fun picture by @haveyous1na. ✌️ . Come celebrate with me: . - THU (10pm) at @starlinernyc_ ... GAY SPORTS 🏆 w @tara_babel, @mrmsadrien & @djsensitiveboys | no cover . - FRI (9pm) at @starrbarbk ... @queerabstract 🏳️🌈 w @smatesky & @foxyafriq, inter alia | no cover . - SAT (8pm) at @clubcumming ... 🅰️➕ w @kikosoiree, @haveyous1na, @mz.cleoberlin, @baejingdrag, @krynforthewin & DJ @tenyardsclothing | $5 cover . - SUN (all day) ... Take me out to lunch/dinner 🍛 and I’ll be listening to @celinedion’s new album on repeat. . MON (10pm) at @thevault_bk ... COURAGE 🔥 the Céline Dion album release party/my drag anniversary show, w @misscissywalken, @theholdenwood, @shekneadthisgig & DJ @dreammboi | no cover
“All you wanna do is see me turn into ...” “A giant woman!” . 📸: @haveyous1na, assisted by @agentwednesday 🏙: me + stock photos/clipart 💇🏻♀️: @carlostheuberdriver . Inspired by @sashavelour X @mettieostrowski . #drag #dragqueen #dragphotography #photography #photoshop #art #queerart #queer #beauty #glamour #monster #nyc #brooklyn #brooklynbridge #attackofthe50ftwoman #vintage #oldhollywood #allisonhayes #lanadelrey #dointime #normanfuckingrockwell #giantwoman #stevenuniverse #scarlettjohansson #asian #asiandrag #halloween #redvelvet #uberhair #emigr8
Life is a bag of sesame brittle. (Make of that what you will.) . 📸: @haveyous1na, assisted by @agentwednesday 🎨🖌: me . S/O to @tomhanks! . #drag #dragqueen #dragphotography #photography #photoshop #graphicdesignismypassion #asian #asiandrag #tomhanks #forrestgump #busstop #lifeisaboxofchocolates #sesamebrittle
#tbt #fbf A “revealing” moment from the previous 🅰️➕ ... I have 2 brand new numbers for tomorrow’s show—8PM at @clubcumming, featuring @kikosoiree, @missjuicyliu, @petticashnyc, @alicehowls, DJ @tenyardsclothing & me. . 📹: @agentwednesday 👘: from Japan 🇯🇵, via @agentwednesday 👗: @ltrainvintage, via @alexmangus 💇🏼♂️: @venacava.a
Today is #nationalcomingoutday 🌈 and I almost forgot to share. Here’s a FB post I made last year ... . ⛔️ Do NOT come out until YOU are confortable with your own queerness! ⛔️ . Let me elaborate ... Being queer—in all senses of the word—means being different from the “norm”. Coming out is basically making a declaration of that to a few close family and friends, your social and professional circles, or the world. It’s a statement of, “This is who/how I am.” And, in my honest opinion, it should carry the subtext of TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT—not, “Please like me.” . You can’t tell people, “This is who/how I am,” and then beg them at the same time to like, love, accept and celebrate all of you, including the parts they don’t know or understand about you—and them be upset if they fail you. (Yes, they should embrace your queerness, but that’s not the point here.) You need to do that yourself first. If you can’t do that yourself first, it is unrealistic and unfair to expect other people to. . If you do, however, no reaction to your coming out or your queerness can hurt you—at least, not that deeply—coz even if your surroundings fail you, you’re not failing yourself. If your environment ends up being hostile toward your queerness, you can remove yourself from it for self-care and not feel guilty about it. I’ve seen many a young queer folks ridden with guilt over distancing themselves from family and friends due to homophobia and transphobia. People being conditioned to caring about other people’s well-being and opinions before their own and needing validation from the outside, I guess, are another topic to address. . Anyhow, embrace your own queerness before you share it with the world. 🦄 . #thanksforcomingtomytedtalk . 📸: @jwilson77 at Nightgowns (Apr 2018) Corset + pasties: @gloria_swansong Pants + suspenders: @nancy_the_girl . #comingout #selflove #gay #queer #queerart #trans #transgender #transisbeautiful #flashbackfriday #itsallcomingbacktomenow #nightgowns #emigrateful #emigr8
💁🏼♀️ What should my look be for the upcoming Halloween edition of 🅰️➕? . [SWIPE FOR INFO.] . 📸: @agentwednesday 👗: @ltrainvintage via @alexmangus . #aplusdragshow #asiandrag #harpersbazaar #magazinecover #scarlettjohansson #scarjo #halloween #costume #ltrainvintage #yokai #monsters #clubcumming #emigr8