Annual drag show to rock Russell

Matt Sowell

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High heels, fierce outfits, and fabulous performers will take over the Russell Union ballroom this Thursday at the annual drag show.

The show is this Thursday at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

The show has been a student favorite for years.

“We’ve worked with the organizer, Bianca Bowser, for years,” said Jabal Moss, the coordinator over this year’s show. “She, unfortunately, moved away from Georgia and was still able to help in the planning of the event. She chose them and sent them to us.”

Bianca, formally known as Bianca Nicole, is now a headline entertainer at Play Louisville.

“I am one in a cast of six entertainers that all have something different to bring to the show,” Bianca said. “As far as what they bring you are just going to have to wait, but you will be entertained.”

Bianca said that her favorite part of performing is the shock value brought to her performance and is registered in the response of the audience. When they least expect a costume change or a dance break down it happens and the crowd goes wild.

Drag has become a bit of an art form over the past few years. Drag queens pay attention to detail as they transform themselves into their alter egos. With television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and Tony Award-winning Broadway shows like Kinky Boots, drag has become a popular form of entertainment.

Every drag performer has their own personal flair that makes them a unique entertainer. From the famous Cher impersonator Chad Michaels, to the totally artistic and original styling of Milk, a queen featured on the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag comes in every shape and size.

“Passion for the art form is what makes for a good queen,” Bianca said. “As long as you love what you do and have fun with it, it will translate on stage in your performance and will be seen by the audience.”