Ep #07: Drag Kings, Drag Pageants, and Vogue Magazine with Ivory Onyx

 

 

Two words: Drag Kings. Yep, this is THE episode everyone’s been asking about and it’s finally here! This week Brandi Amara Skyy talks with Ivory Onyx who’s not only a highly decorated drag king but has been in the business for over 20 years. He was one of the kings to be featured in Vogue Magazine (yes, you read that right — as in THE Vogue) and in this episode you get an exclusive behind the scenes pass on how that magic happened. But we also talk about topics that only affect the drag king community but ALL of us as drag artists as well: stage presence, being valued, and inspiration.

 

“Drag is a movement and we have to move together.” Ivory Onyx 

“Drag is full expression …It doesn’t matter what gender you start off with and what gender you are presenting.” — Ivory Onyx

 

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TOPICS DISCUSSED

  • Who Ivory and how did he get started in drag 3:40
  • DISCLAIMER: TDSP DOES NOT CONDONE THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR 5:30
  • How Ivory got into the pageant scene after feeling bored with his drag 8:30
  • First experience in pageants 10:02
  • How pageants influence his real-life drag and how he uses them as an artistic tool 12:00
  • Has becoming a national title holder changed the way he does drag? 14:25
  • Drag kings and their lack of representation (THIS IS GOLD!) 16:00
  • Responsibilities of being the ‘first’ of your drag subculture to perform in your local scene 19:30
  • The behind-the-scenes of experience of Vogue 20:17
  • On the pressure (or not) of being a role model 29:00
  • Stage presence: Getting the audience to pay attention to your performance 32:10
  • Definitions of drag 34:40
  • Bridging the divide in drag (THIS IS SERIOUSLY THE SHIT) 38:00
  • Race and drag 39:57
  • What the world needs to know about drag kings 42:45
  • The drag kings HE looks up to 46:42

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RESOURCES, PEEPS, AND THINGS MENTIONED

 

Drag University – THE online school of drag 

#wearedrag YouTube channel

The Drag Show Podcast Patreon

FB for Brandi Amara Skyy

Cher Musico Photography

Oliver Clothesoff

Katelyn Thorpe – Ivory’s wife

Mr. New York USofA 2010

Ivory In His 1st Evening Wear

2013 USofA Mi

2017 USofA Classic

Vogue Magazine

David Bridgeman

Miss USofA Diva 2014 Emeritus

The Making of the Drag King Documentary

Havock von Doom – Ivory’s Drag King

Hamburger Mary’s Drag King Show

Nikki Kidd

Jordan Allen

Gage Gatyln

Andro Gin

Landon Cider

Spikey Van Dyky

Gunner Gatyln

 

MORE FROM NAME OF GUEST

Instagram: @Ivory_Onyx

Facebook: Dee Tho

 

MORE FROM BRANDI AMARA SKYY

Brandiamaraskyy.com

Brandi’s Instagram

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Devin Dame & Gage Gatlyn – Gatlyn Dame Group

Thank you Dana!!!!!

 

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!

AND THANK YOU TO THE TDSP TEAM: JESSICA J’ADORE & NA’TALIA D BLACK!!!! 

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