“LBGTQ media also are guilty of white washing their publications to only show white masculine gay men and depict them as being the standard for beauty creating a false idealization that being white is the only way to be gay.”
The Outsiderz, shattering stereotypes since circa 2016. Have you ever heard the one about Drag Queens being shallow and… stupid? Cause I have. “I mean, someone who invests so much time in what they look like couldn’t possibly be smart, right?” Right. Because every time you tap your face with a beauty blender a neuron dies, or?
You know me, I don’t like yapping without bringing proof. Oh, and Eva Young is proof. Quite possibly the most peculiar career mix I’ve ever seen.
1. The basics
Drag has always been something that was very personal to me and being able to share it with people has been such an amazing experience for me. I’ve always had an artistic side to me but coming from a strict asian household it was hard to have a creative, artistic outlet, but I honestly feel like drag is what keeps me going between working two jobs and being a full time student and it is a passion that I will always make time for.
2. How does being a pharmacy student mix up with being a drag queen? How did these passions start?
Although pharmacy is my current career path Drag has and always will be my passion. It has definitely been a struggle juggling both with lots of late nights studying for exams and putting together new outfits and ideas. It took me a while to figure out how to do both and honestly I still don’t have it all figured out yet or have the perfect formula but it is still worth it. My drag passion started at an early age with my love for fashion runways and drawing. I drew a lot when I was younger mostly females in crazy outfits and exaggerated features. Then when I was 12 my best friend (Harlet Wench) and I decided to be zombie hookers for Halloween, so we got these TERRIBLE party city wigs and thrift shop dresses that didn’t fit and rocked it like they were designer. Although it wasn’t Halloween anymore the heels stayed on and the passion for drag just grew ever since.
3. If you were to choose between (successfully) being a full time pharmacist or drag queen, which would it be?
Honestly, i don’t think I would be able to choose just one because neither job is easy and they both can be draining but being able to do both really allows for a nice change of pace and routine. Being a pharmacist I could work a 9-5 and then still have time for the night life of drag.
How did Eva Young appear? Is she a character or your drag persona is your real personality?
Eva Young is my real personality with more outgoing features. Both in and out of drag I always try to keep it real and really show everyone the respect they deserve.
How did you choose your drag name?
I have always believed that there is an effervescent youth within my culture. Starting drag at 12 I decided the only fitting name would have to be both representative of my current age, my asian heritage, and hope to stay forever young.
What do you think about RuPaul’s Drag Race?
I think drag race has created some amazing opportunities for drag queens in general, exposing the mainstream to drag and really made it a staple art form. But at the same time, I don’t want drag race to be the pinnacle of drag or the mold that every drag queen has to fill. Drag should really be finding your own identity and art form.
You’ve got incredible costumes. Do you create & style them yourself?
I have been fortunate enough to be enveloped in Chicago’s creative scene, which has allowed me to both create and collaborate on my outfits.
What’s the best thing about being a drag queen? What about the hardest?
The best part of drag has been able to share my creativity and passion with people and being able to make so many connections with amazing individuals that really changed and helped me develop as a person. As for the worst part I would say heels. Don’t get me wrong I love wearing heels and how they look but the pain of walking in heels for hours on end on top of wearing pads and four pairs of tights is not the most comfortable.
How would you describe your drag style?
I would have to say my drag style is loud, colorful, anime inspired and extra. I grew up watching anime specifically Sailor Moon so unlike most boys who’s favorite super heros are batman and superman, mine were the Sailor Scouts. So I take a lot of inspiration from animes with their out their designs and artwork and try to incorporate that animated style into my drag.
10. Do your parents know about drag?
I’m actually not out to my parents yet and they don’t know that I do drag. When I was younger I used to hide all my drag at my best friend’s house. Currently I have most of my drag in the trunk of my car so I’m basically driving around in a clown car. I haven’t been able to come out to my parents yet and it is definitely something that I hope to accomplish one day. Since I’m still in school and don’t have my own place or way to fully provide for myself I feel that it would be the best to let them know at a later time when I’m more prepared. It’s a sad truth that hopefully changed one day but being gay and doing drag isn’t always accepted by everyone and especially coming from the traditional 1st generation Asian household it isn’t something that can be easily brought up or always received in a good light.
11. Have you ever experienced discrimination within the community because of your ethnic background?
There is so much negativity and hate within the LGBTQ community when it comes to issues like race, ethnicity, body types and whether you’re feminine or masculine. More often than not the ideal “type” is the white masculine male. This leads to a hierarchy in the gay community putting white masc men on a pedestal while everyone else is just a preference. This hate can be seen all over profiles of gay dating apps with messages like “no fats, no fems, no Blacks, no Asians.” LBGTQ media also are guilty of white washing their publications to only show white masculine gay men and depict them as being the standard for beauty creating a false idealization that being white is the only way to be gay. Which is why I do drag to stand out and show that every race, color size and shape is beautiful not just white. POC experience racism on the daily and being gay is a minority in of itself, we can’t be trying to segregate and fight each other when there is already a war around us.
What is your message?
I want to create a platform for those who are too often overlooked in the gay community to have a voice. Being a minority and gay has given me such a diverse perspective on our community. All too often are the voices of minorities silenced or overlooked because of the color of their skin or ethnic background, all in favor of a whitewashed idea of what is beautiful and what can be loved. But I believe every color is beautiful and should be treated as such; I learned from a young age that I can slay in and out of drag no matter what someone thinks of my cultural background and skin tone and I want to instil that same confidence in our community while illuminating this pervasive problem of racism.
Besides drag, what else are you passionate about?
Tying in with the last question, I’m also passionate about pushing for greater acceptance and love. Being a minority in both my ethnicity and sexuality I’ve experieced inequality and racism first hand from many areas of my life and thats an experience I don’t want anyone to have to face. By doing drag I try to embrace both my ethnic background and sexuality in hopes of showing people that all colors of the rainbow are beautiful.
I don’t have a specific plan, life is weird and can take unexpected turns but right now my goal is to finish school and be a full fledged pharmacist while serving new looks and taking every opportunity life has to offer.