Kween Kong brings a Pacific rainbow to Sydney

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L to R: Kween Kong, Hannah Conda, Spankie Jackzon.

Whereas debate raged round rainbow flags in sport this week, NZ born drag artist Kween Kong was celebrating variety on the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The towering Kween Kong, who now performs in Adelaide, has Maori heritage and acknowledges drag has typically divided household.

“I come from very supportive girls in my household and my drag may be very a lot a homage to these girls. However there’s undoubtedly male elements of the household that don’t essentially perceive what that is,” she instructed TV Tonight.

“It’s due to the patriarchy actually, and faith, which is ironic, as a result of these are issues that have been launched to us by Western society.”

Pacific nations have their very own distinctive historical past of LGBTQI+.

In Polynesian tradition there are estimated to be 3000 faʻafafine individuals who determine themselves as having a 3rd gender or non-binary function in Samoa, American Samoa and the Samoan diaspora.

“Fa’afafine used to transcend gender and sexuality. Whereas missionaries fully eradicated all of our ideology beforehand, particularly round gender and sexuality. So we’re on this bizarre hybrid place with some issues we nonetheless maintain on to and a few issues now we have fully missed the purpose. So it’s troublesome.”

Additionally troublesome is the problem of competing in Drag Race, however Kween Kong is claimed to be unbeatable in lip-syncing.

“It was undoubtedly loads tougher than I used to be anticipating it to be. Once we watch it on TV, you’re all the time an armchair exper considering ‘If I used to be on the present, I’d do that, I’d do this!’ However it’s not the case while you’re while you’re within the present. So it undoubtedly was a actuality test. However I left there feeling like I used to be invincible.”

Considered one of her opponents is Sydney-based Hannah Conda, who started drag in Perth venues Connections and the Court docket Resort.

“I’ve all the time been fairly theatrical as a child. I benefit from the fantasy of musical theatre and, , I dabbled. However I used to be very, very shy. It wasn’t till I got here out that I found who I used to be as an individual. By the doorways of a homosexual membership I discovered drag after which it simply type of steamrolled from there,” she revealed.

“A pal of mine who was doing drag after I began going out as an 18 12 months outdated mentioned, ‘It is best to give it a go one night time.’ I used to be like, ‘I’ll for one night time solely!’ Right here we’re. 12 years later, and it’s a mistake that acquired out of hand!”

But sustaining drag doesn’t come cheaply, particularly to compete in Drag Race. Some performers have spent $15,000 on outfits, wigs and make-up.

“As Dolly Parton says, it prices loads to look this low-cost! You place your financial savings into it, attempt to create the perfect package deal of your drag that you may. However it’s undoubtedly some huge cash.”

Additionally competing is Brisbane’s Beverly Kills (pictured above) who attracts upon the humanities, and doesn’t really feel a must excel in comedy.

“Under no circumstances. I can do acrobatics, eat hearth, crack whips. I do many issues, however I don’t sing.

“Brisbane is a really efficiency focussed metropolis, so I focus my drag round sideshow and burlesque. They’ve taught me a lot about what it means to be a performer, not only a drag queen.

“I used to be very impressed by the Queers that got here earlier than us. There have been native drag performers after I was rising up and I believed, ‘That appears like enjoyable.’”

Go to music:

Kween Kong: Shackles (Reward You) by Mary Mary.
“It’s like a gospel music with a dance combine. I similar to the message of it. I really like an aggressive affirmation ond I prefer to reward individuals.”

Hannah Conda: My Coronary heart Will Go On by Jessie J.
“It’s from a Chinese language expertise present that she did and it was wonderful. “

Beverly Kills: WA&P – Rihanna vs. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion (Mashup)
“Cardi B raps over Rhianna’s instrumental. Nothing can beat it.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Down Underneath screens Saturdays on Stan.


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