A gorgeous newer edition to New York drag known for performing with fan favorite Asian-centric party ensemble Bubble_T, Felicia Oh is about to turn it out for the premiere of something new. [Cover photo: Michael Isenburg]
Thotyssey: Hello Felicia, thanks for chatting! How is Spooky Season treating you so far?
Felicia Oh: Hi love! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. I’m feeling very spooky ooky, and can’t wait to be naughty this Halloween! It’s all tricks for me… Boo!
Did you see Hocus Pocus 2, by the way?
I did not! I’m more of a horror movie gal, so I’m going to watch Barbarian.
Well played! So if your IG is any indicator, you have gorgeous looks. Can you do creature / monstrous type looks as well?
Thank you! I started drag officially last December, so I’ve only really been giving biological womana. but that doesn’t mean I won’t experiment with other types of looks! Stay tuned this Halloween.
Tell us a bit, if you will, about where you’re from… and what eventually put you on the drag path.
I’m a first generation Taiwanese American immigrant who grew up in the Bay Area, and now I’ve been living in NYC for five years! I was always fascinated by the art of drag and female impersonation, but never had the courage to do it.
I’m a child of very conservative parents. I always kind of did what they expected me to do: graduate from college and get a corporate job with a 401k. And that was what I did for a while… but the more I tried to suppress that side of me, the deeper I fell into this dark hole of depression that I was desperately trying to climb out of constantly.
I had created my drag persona back in 2018 by way of Halloween (how typical of me lol), but I would only get in drag every once in a while and never performed until this past December. Earlier this year, I made the decision to go freelance with my day job, which has allowed me to perform more often!
That’s very inspiring! You’ve been performing at a few Bubble_T events recently… they’re a popular Asian-led party producing faction here in New York. how did you first connect with them?
I love Bubble_T! I had been following them for a while and it was always on my bucket list to perform at one of their events, because they embody everything I try to do with my drag — to tell queer Asian stories and create spaces where we are visible. So when they reached out to me to perform at their five year anniversary Pride party this year, I jumped at the opportunity to say YES!
Describe your own drag today, as far as looks you serve and the types of numbers you like to do onstage?
You know, I’m still figuring that out, to be honest! I definitely have a very clear vision of what I want to bring as a drag performer, but I think the beauty of the journey that I’m currently on is that I’m constantly evolving and growing. Felicia definitely gives hyper-femme and sex on a stick, but always with a chic edge. You best believe she will always be looking correct when it comes to fashion! People tend to think just because I give looks and face that I’m one type of queen, but what I love most is giving them something unexpected when I hit the stage and proving to them that I’m so much more.
An exciting time for you as an artist, for sure! One place folks can find you is Thirst in HK this Saturday, for the premiere of Liam Yung’s new party Arcane! What do you think we can expect from that night?
People can expect a great time and some fierce performances by yours truly! This whole event is a labor of love by AAPIs in nightlife — from the producer and DJ to the performer and gogo boys, it’s going to be an absolute kiki.
Anything else coming up for you that the children need to know about?
I have a few things cooking, so announcements coming soon… but in the meantime… book me!
Yazzzz! And lastly… in light of the current month, have you ever seen a ghost, UFO, psychic dream creature, etc.?
Oh, absolutely no time for any of that! In this economy? Inflation is scary enough.
Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Felicia Oh’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Instagram.