14 Confessions Of An Indian Drag Queen
Meet the sultry, sari-clad drag performer with an MBA degree and "titanium balls".
Meet Alex Mathew, a Bangalore-based 26-year-old content writer with an MBA degree.
What sets Alex apart from other young Indians is that he’s a drag performer.
We asked Alex AKA Mayamma some questions. Here's what we found out.
"As a drag performer, I want to be a good motherly figure to people in society."
"The society has some major misconceptions about drag queens. They sometimes think we're prostitutes."
"I used to have a fear of getting caught in drag outside."
"My Amma gave me her saree and blouse for my first performance."
"Mayamma as a character is sweet and fierce like Sasha Fierce, but shady to people who are mean and hurtful."
"My biggest pet peeve is uncleanliness (especially dirty tables and loos)."
"I have lost some friends since I started performing in drag."
"Questions like 'So, when's the sex reassignment surgery going to happen?' annoy me a lot and frequently."
"I don't do that. I prefer to perform as a woman on stage and be a man in the streets."
"I got titanium balls. Nothing is impossible and I am living proof."
"I identify as queer because I don't believe in set brackets about sexuality. Sexuality and gender should be fluid."
"The one aspect of drag I really can't deal with is wearing a tight bra that cuts through your mid-section!"
"I take at least two hours to get ready which is a pain. But and the end of the day, I look fierce and gorgeous.”
"Unless they gonna pay your bills, pay them bitches no mind!" Alex quotes RuPaul. Mayamma has zero time for haters.
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