A rose by any other name
Q: Can you recall the first drag show you saw? Tell us about the experience?
A: The first drag show I saw involved the person who would change my life’s trajectory and eventually become my drag mother, the amazing Damien Dee-Vine (now transsexual super star Allanah Starr, who lives in Paris, France). We met in the halls of my college at New World School of the Arts before I was even out. We had the exact same birthday and as scared of myself as I was, I just knew I had to go see her perform. She did “Sweet Transvestite” at Kremlin on South Beach, stomping in sky high Westwood heels, and I knew this was exactly where I was destined to be.
Q: Other than your drag mother, who is favorite queen — and why?
A: Other than Allanah, I love different queens for different reasons. The best “drag show” time of my life was with my favorite entertainers at Voodoo. The great combo of TP Lords — no one compares to her stage presence/and her creativity — and Erika Norell, the glamor goddess. Both captivate on stage like nobody’s business.
Q: What’s your favorite number to perform — and why?
A: I like to keep it current most of the time. As of late I’ve been doing Kellyanne Conway and Gaga’s Super Bowl performance. However, there are some classics I love to keep in the rotation. Thanksgiving is always special.
Q: What’s the best thing that has happened to you in drag.
A: I’ve been fortunate enough, or just old enough [she laughs] to have a few. Being the “champagne girl” at Gianni Versace’s parties at the Legendary Warsaw Ballroom is one. I had the privilege of pouring champagne in Donatella’s, Sylvester Stallone’s and Elton John’s glasses. I also had the pleasure of being on Deco Drive as Queen on the Scene, and of course winning National Entertainer of the Year in 1998, when you [Scott Holland] were kind enough to drive a young dragon cross-country and bring home a crown. Spectacular memory! (Writer’s Note: One of the best memories of my life!)
Q: What differentiates you from other queens? What would you say makes you unique?
A: My ability to find the humor in every situation.
Q: What does the future hold?
A: I have a “day job” now (for the first time in 24 years.) A friend saw my creative rants on Facebook and needed a writer for adult video site Helix.com, so I now write the descriptions (not the scripts, the descriptions), the spicy language you see under the scene explaining it. That’s what “sells” it. They liked what I was doing and gave me 8teenboy to write for as well. I love writing and want to keep nourishing that. I also keep a journal of my crazy nights out in drag and hope to turn it into a book/memoir one day.
Why we Love her?
- Daisy is one of the most creative Queens I have ever met.
- She does live stand up3
- She is always there to give back to the community4
- As stated earlier, our trip to Louisville, Kentucky for “National Entertainer of the Year” was one of the best memories of my lifetime. We are bonded for life!