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.