Getting her drag name and look inspirations from interesting places, new dark glamour clown and supermodel chanteuse on the scene X-Emma is here to slay!
Thotyssey: Greetings X-Emma! How is your summer treating you so far?
X-Emma: My summer has been hectic! I’ve been a creature of the night… like, it’s literally sleep all day and then go out at night, like a fucking bat.
Meh, who needs the sun!? By the way, belated congratulations on a strong showing at the Lady Liberty competition a few weeks ago… you made Top 4 while sporting a ferocious horned demon look!
Lady Liberty was amazing; the Q is such an amazing space. My demon look is an intense one to be in; I am constantly too tall for every doorway or ceiling! I thought I did really well, though. I’m competing this Thursday again, and I’m going to be sporting a very different lewk.
We can’t wait to see what you have in store next! Do you generally prefer the “darker,” more monstrous spectrum of drag over the “I’m Just a Pretty Girl” end of things?
That’s the thing–there is definitely a duality to my drag. I hate to be put in a box. I love to look like a circus clown monster, but I also love to serve “beautiful fucking woman.”
I’m a model when I’m not doing drag, and I got to utilize the face, honey.
That keeps things interesting! Is drag less a “gender” expression to you then, like, a visual art statement, or a cosplay sort of experience?
Hmm… I think all of the above.
Fair enough! So where are you from originally, and how ultimately did the drag journey begin for you?
I am from Orange County, California. I started drag in my bedroom, practicing makeup and stealing my mom’s clothes. It wasn’t until I moved to New York that I found a place where I could actually express that interest.
How might you describe the numbers you like to do today, and where you get your look inspirations from?
I want to tell stories; I want to have concepts. I get my inspiration definitely from club kids of the past… and also doing poppers.
You have one of those great “punny” names that one has to say out loud a few times before it clicks! How did the name come to you?
I grew up with severe eczema; it bleed and hurt, and I could never stop scratching it. It was even so bad, I got it on my eyelids. Now I take steroids, and it went away.
What an ordeal! So “X-Emma” is like taking ownership of that, in a way.
Yeah. I also just like the name.
It’s called “Sad Girlies,” an all sad song drag show. I’m super excited to finally be hosting a show! I loved designing the flier and helping other queens out.
OMG! It’s gonna be so epic. I’m so excited, and I’m bringing out all the stops. All I have to say is, “Free Britney.”
Good luck! And finally: if X-Emma were in the X-Men, what would her mutant power be?
OMG, that’s a tough one! I think it would be the power to shapeshift. Oh wait, maybe teleport. Or a fire blender!
Why not all three!? Thanks, X-Emma.