Diva Fab­u­lous

City Weekend - - Life & Style -

Tell us a bit about your­self and what you do here in Beijing. I was born and raised in L.A. I moved to Beijing eight years ago and I'm cur­rently the owner of the fab­u­lous Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar.

Tell us a bit about TigerLily. TigerLily is a per­son­al­ity to be loved and to be feared. She brings the party, the sass, and the ass.

What in­spired your style for TigerLily? The in­spi­ra­tion came from [when I was in] col­lege, when TigerLily was first con­ceived: I wanted to be as slutty as pos­si­ble and this mytho­log­i­cal ver­sion of me fed the vi­sion of a woman you know and love.

What is the dif­fer­ence between drag and cross dress­ing? Cross dress­ing is the de­sire to feel and pass for a woman. Drag is the per­for­mance of woman, the con­scious ma­nip­u­la­tion of ap­pear­ance. Drag is all about ac­cen­tu­a­tion and ex­ag­ger­a­tion - sky high heels, big boobs, big hair, and im­prob­a­bly long eye­lashes. Ev­ery­thing that's woman is mag­ni­fied times 10. It doesn't just stop there. The most im­por­tant el­e­ment is the at­ti­tude which is also an ex­ag­ger­a­tion of what a woman's per­son­al­ity could be.

Can you tell us what it feels like to be in drag? It's to­tally lib­er­at­ing — for TigerLily at least. That's when she gets to come out and see the world. When TigerLily emerges, she feels em­pow­ered, in con­trol, and all eyes are on her.

What drag fash­ion tip would you give to a new­bie? Make sure what­ever you put on your face is wa­ter­proof. By the end of the night, you will ei­ther be sweat­ing your ass off, or you will need to look on point for what­ever your round two is. Who knows where the night will lead.

What's your must-have item when in drag? I never leave with­out a pair of (at least) eight-inch stiletto pumps. TigerLily is a full-size, full-fig­ured woman so they're all de­signed and made to or­der.

Tell us a lit­tle bit about your style in daily life as Michael. Michael doesn't re­ally have a lot of fash­ion sense. Since I started heav­ily work­ing out, I've been mostly gym bro-ing it. It's very L.A. Am I on the way to the gym? Am I on the way to the of­fice? You'll never know.

What's your fa­vorite item in your closet? My fa­vorite item that I used to have in the closet is my sex­u­al­ity but, well... that's out of the closet now.

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