KIM CHI

RuPaul’s Drag Race star adds spicy kick to her style

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For­get about those tired drag acts with banal im­per­son­ations of Cher, Streisand and the rest. A new wave of drag artists is giv­ing the art form a kick in the ass, in­vent­ing fas­ci­nat­ing per­sonae that don’t give off a whiff of cliché, and Kim Chi is lead­ing the charge.

The Korean-Amer­i­can per­former, aka Sang-Young Shin, now liv­ing in Chicago, has par­layed her alt sen­si­bil­i­ties – a lit­tle bit clumsy, proudly fat, femme and Asian – into a sec­ond/third rank­ing in the eighth sea­son of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

She’s funny and un­pre­dictable, and, though she may be a ter­ri­ble dancer who’s ad­mit­ted to hav­ing trou­ble walk­ing in high heels, her style is stun­ning. Wait till you see those false nails, fan­ning out in spec­tac­u­lar ways. To that ex­tent, she typ­i­fies the best of old-school drag: ex­treme femme, over-the-top cos­tumes. But she’s def­i­nitely one of the fresh­est faces work­ing in the genre.

Kim Chi per­forms at the 519’s Green Space Fes­ti­val on June 30.

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