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Tea with Miss Katherine :: Maybelline

Miss Katherine takes a delightful afternoon tea in her front parlour with the lovely and achingly pretty social butterfly Miss Maybelline, to discuss drag development, social gatherings, Tokyo and Chanel Number 5.

Welcome Maybelline! Welcome to my parlour! How are you darling?

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Fantastic Miss Katherine, how are you?

Well I am still breathing which is always a good sign – enough about me, lets talk about you! It seems only a few months ago when I saw you compete in Connections Night Club’s ‘Death by Drag’ how was that for you?

It was interesting (pretty smiles), it was really good in that it taught me a lot about drag, myself and other people. Before I entered the competition I only did social drag – during the competition I did drag every week so I developed my drag style a lot during that time, I was very shy on stage in the beginning but the whole experience gave me more confidence.

Have you done any shows since?

I have performed at The Court Hotel on Wednesday night’s ‘Amateur Drag Night’ hosted by Feminem and I have done a little work for Connections as well.

So who is hosting the Lesbian Mud Wrestling at Connies if Feminem is hosting at The Court?

Giselle, I love Giselle’s shows she is always very creative with her styled looks.

Good for her! And it was only a month ago I saw you at StyleAID… I could not help but notice you were wearing make up out of drag. Is that a form of drag to you?

Drag to me is about expressing yourself, it is an extension of yourself and how you feel inside and I was expressing myself, so yes.

And only a few weeks ago I saw you in Sydney at Diva in Sydney, how was that for you?

Fantastic! The Drag Industry Variety Awards (DIVA) are held in Sydney, it is a very glamorous and fun night. The winners have been recognised by their peers for their outstanding achievements in the drag industry such as Drag Queen of the Year, Most Outstanding Show etc.

Who went and what did you wear?

There were a few of us from Perth. As well as yourself there was Feminem, Val Uptuous, Glamourpuss, Astro Starr and myself. I wore a stunning creation by Dane Matthers made of champagne coloured silk crystal beads and I wore a 1950’s style hairdo and gold high heels.

Would you like to take your drag career further or are you happy where it is right now?

I think drag is all about learning – it really is quite amazing, everyone I know who does drag says so but you don’t fully understand this until you are actually doing it yourself. At the moment I am learning about myself and learning about drag as an art – watching other drag queens that are amazing teaches you so much. My favourite drag queen in Australia is Vanity Fair, she is just so stunning, and in Perth would have to be Dita. I most admire creativity in drag.

Do you have a favourite quote?

Anything from Marilyn Monroe, I think she was the perfect feminine woman. In a radio interview she was asked what she wore to bed, and she replied ‘Nothing but my Chanel Number 5.’

Oh yes I love that saying too! Do you have a favourite flower?

I love tulips, I love them in all colours but my favourite would have to be pink and orange tulips.

Tulips, how divine! Do you have a favourite food?

I love good food, I don’t have a favourite style as such but I really love cooking and I enjoy learning to cook new things. My favourite place to eat is Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park, I love the everything about the place.

Frasers is fabulous. Do you have a favourite drink?

A nice dry Martini!

Favourite place in the world?

I love everything about Tokyo, it is so visual. One place I have never been to but have always wanted to go to is Iceland – for no particular reason except it is so far away and seems so different. If there was a place I would love to live for six months it would have to be New York, just to experience New York, but I love Perth and would not want to live anywhere else in the world.

What is it that makes you love Perth so much?

Well, everything! It is the cleanest city I have ever experienced, it is beautiful and also very laid back. I love Perth.

Do you know any jokes?

No (laughing)

Any fun tips?

There is nothing better than a pointed pump – even if it hurts!

Ha ha! I will quote you on that one!

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