If you’ve been around you understand that some people are born to be the life of the party and Lady Bunny is certainly one of them. “I kind of lived in drag as a child. You know, long hair was in for men and I lived in the South, so I would often wear T-shirts so long they covered the bottom of my shorts. I invented the T-shirt dress!”
“I was always involved in theater and just could not pry myself away from the makeup table.” Ms. Bunny was born in Chattanooga, TN and believe it or not she perfected her makeup talents in her mother’s kitchen. For example, she made eyeshadow out of baking soda and food coloring.
But it was her flair for outlandish makeup, hair, and character that landed her a job at the legendary Pyramid Club in New York City. She has performed just about everywhere including the Eiffel Tower and is the founder of Wigstock, the drag/music festival in Manhattan.
When asked about drag she said; “drag is proportion. You don’t want to see a drag queen in a diminutive Laura Ashley print. You don’t want to see us in an earring that’s dainty.” Furthermore,” A huge head of hair with several wigs [sewn] together is going to make your shoulder appear smaller.”
What make’s Lady Bunny so funny to me is her ability to never take herself seriously. Her style of drag is unique to her and involves lip-synching to versions of popular songs, and she has recorded her own vocal parodies. But make no mistake her lyrics are sexually explicit. For example, she did a parody of Gwen Stefani’s song Hollaback Girl with the lyric: “I shit a banana/a banana in my ass!” She also has several video parodies of “Santa Claus is coming to town” and California Gurls.”
Lady Bunny has stood the test of time in my opinion, always being herself and never compromising herself. She admits that she is twisted, has a dirty mind, is fat, vulgar and has no problem admitting it.
Lady Bunny will be performing in New Orleans Monday, December 17 at the Always Lounge & Cabaret in her show “The Stocking were Hung!”. For more information and tickets.
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