From high-flying cheerleader to ass-shaking gogo boy to life-giving drag queen, young Jerseyite Millennia knows how to get a crowd’s attention. And this summer, she’s got a weekly platform in a new venue to do just that!
Thotyssey: Hello. Millennia! Thanks for chatting with us today and Happy Pride! How is June treating you so far?
Millennia: Hi Jim, First off thank you so much for having me! Happy Pride! June has been amazing so far… I actually just celebrated my 25th birthday, and the start of my new weekly show with The Countess Mascara at Identity bar in the Bronx. So I am very excited about that!
Yes things are looking good! And just today, all protocol restrictions in NY have officially been lifted.
I know, I am so excited to safely be back to normality. And I’m excited to see all the gorgeous faces in the crowds again!
Are you in Jersey or New York these days?
I’m actually living in Jersey now… I am originally from New York, though.
What were your drag experiences like this past year? Were you doing socially distanced drag shows or digital shows at all?
I did both… so if I had to sum the experience up, I’d call it “crazy yet blessed.” I actually took some time away from drag during the pandemic to really focus on myself, and revisit what it truly was that I was looking to do in life. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss performing. So luckily, I have some amazing friends in the industry who gave me opportunities here and there to get back in drag… and dance around my living room, lol!
Oh wow… straight from the archives! Yes, So Gay College Tuesdays was notorious for their hot body contest that happened every week. I used to get dragged into doing it all the time, and one day it just turned into me being on a box dancing there on Tuesday nights. But the real focus was to start hosting and performing at Gay College Tuesdays, so I saw gogo dancing as an opportunity to open the door for me as a face in nightlife.
And how did drag come in to play for you?
I’ve been a performer for about 12 years now, I started off in the world of All-Star Cheerleading; for those of you at home, this is the elite level you see on ESPN. But I remember being 14 years-old and sitting at one of my friend’s house where they introduced me to Drag Race; I believe it was Season 3, and I was obsessed with Manila Luzon and Carmen Carrera. It was there where I said, “when I’m older, I’m gonna do that.”
Do you incorporate cheerleading into your drag a lot?
Yes, I’ve been described as the pint-sized stunt queen. I try to incorporate everything my cheerleading background has taught me into how I perform.
What’s your favorite number to do these days?
I honestly have to say–and I’m going to laugh at myself later in life–but the famous Shangela mix. It has the perfect amount of highs and lows that just work for me, and it’s a crowd pleaser.
And what’s a new thing you want to attempt now, in this new age?
I really want to try to do a back flip into a split–I’ve been working towards that as a new trick.
Awesome! What’s the craziest physician stunt you’ve done so far as Millennia?
I’d have to say jumping off a bar about 8 feet into the air, into a split, at Feathers.
Yaz, showgirl! What a the best thing about drag, in your opinion?
The freedom to express yourself and get lost in the music.
You’ll have some chances for that this week! First off, on Wednesday you’ll be at Jacqueline’s Wine out in Rockland County serving shows.
Yes that is correct! So I have a friend who is a bartender at Jacqueline’s, and I went in one night to visit her and have a glass of wine and I just really thought to myself how the opportunity was really just presenting itself. Wine, Rockland county, a drag show… I said this could be a gold mine. An early show starting at 9pm: I can appeal to the women that love wine and sit at home and watch Drag Race, I can appeal to the LGBTQIA+ community in Rockland county that maybe don’t have as much accessibility to seeing shows, and to my friends and family that aren’t able to make it to most of my gigs.
I’m really excited to be working in collaboration with this venue, as Rockland county does not have a huge selection of LGBTQIA+ spaces, or spaces that would even allow the local queens there to really have a place to perform. With that being said, Rockland county has a great LGBTQIA+ community that I hope gets to have some local fun this Pride month!
Thursday will be the first official “Throwback Thursday” at Identity Bar! Well, technically it started last week, but your regularly scheduled co-host The Countess Mascara fell ill and the lovely Rhoda Rollins Stone filled in. But now you and The Countess will finally be in the gig together! Tell us a bit about the venue, and the show.
We are so beyond ecstatic to share what we have been working on! Countess actually came to me with this idea of a throwback-themed show, where we literally kick it old school! You can find us twirling to songs through the decades from the 70’s divas like Diana, Donna, and Sylvester, to the current divas like Ariana, Megan, Brittany, and more!
We are fortunate enough to have an amazing new queer space in the Bronx like Identity that actually just opened two weeks ago. The owner Aidan Loughran came to us and said that we should do a show together on Thursdays! Which actually worked out perfectly, because Countess was a queen that I had not worked with yet, but had been really close acquaintances with. I am really looking forward to seeing what Aidan does with this amazing space! He is one of the most kindhearted people I have worked with so far!
Congrats and have great shows! Anything else coming up for you?
I do have some exciting projects in the works, so stay tuned!
Excellent… okay here’s my final question I have for all my gurlz… All Stars 6! Whose team are you on?
Thank you, Millennia!