On Saturday, March 30th, Campus Life hosted their annual drag extravaganza, Dolly Drag, where students are invited to dress in their best drag or drab lewks in order to walk the improvised-yet-extravagant runway of the APC. If you were not able to attend such an unforgettable evening, this article is meant to recap the big night.
Goodie Goodie Prima
Prima is a sort of “ultra-fem” hyper-queen hailing from the Haus of Avalon. You may recognize this contestant from her college-student-alter-ego known as ‘Elise Kelly’ who is a writer for the Weekly Cad.
Bad-boy supreme, Harry Dick, wants you to know he spends all of his free time fixing up his old motorcycle. Although we did not get to see him perform much at the event, I trust you’ll be seeing more of him soon when he inevitably slides into your DM’s.
Esther Allan Poe
I spent much of the night trying to discover more about this spooky mistress’s mysteries. I know, now, that her superpower is death by a glance, but this too was a tightly-kept secret, until they announced it on-stage.
Silver was donned in a suit of butterflies, pink hat, and matching sneakers. Much like his name, his hair was a sleek silver, but his beard was a vibrant rainbow. I often wondered whether sparkly silver or rainbow was the natural hair color of this king.
Libraria is yet another contestant from the Haus of Avalon, but far more shy than her drag mother. She likes to hide behind her gray locks amidst a library backdrop. All night, she carried a poetry anthology littered with notes, begging the question, “What? You think you’re better than me?” Once again, you can recognize this queen by her alter-ego Ziv, a writer for the Cad.
Another Cali-girl living in Crosby, Miss Peecock wants you to know that she will always be better than you, and not just because of her aloof attitude, flatback-cap, and knock-off Kylie Lip Kit. Her strut is powerful enough to destroy you, but that is no match for her cold stare. Miss Peecock wants to thank her idol: Kendall Jenner.
Burger is a returning contestant from 2018, but that doesn’t mean her style is anywhere near out of date. Burger has come back this year with more of her signature va-va-voom than ever before, and that’s before she’s even taken off her jacket. To understand this queen fully, look no further than the way she elegantly sways along the runway, flipping her long blonde extensions in time.
Madame Mo arrived ready for an event almost as important as Dolly Drag: her wedding! Her personality was as fiery red as her hair, but the queen maintained composure while walking our runway. The audience waited patiently until the performances to see which side of her personality would show through. Her attire was only a prelude to what was came next, during Mo’s performance
Aki Taki and Honey Kanni
These beauties were the only duo of the night. They arrived fashionably late to registration, so I wasn’t able to get to know them as well as all the other contestants, but this is all you really need to know; the two are a suave and stylish duo who came (casually) ready to perform.
OUR EMCEE OF THE NIGHT
Miss Dee Leerious
Leerious seems like an all-natural, down-to-earth queen. She led us through the night with total ease, dropping in anecdotes from her fascinating life throughout the show. These stories included her adventures hitchhiking to Dolly Drag, her family life with a parental unit made of a thruple who broke up at the altar, and her new aged philosophies on life.
(Pictures of the performers are in order of description below).
Goodie Goodie Prima began the night’s performances by lipsyncing to Fergalicious by Fergie. All I can say is that it was, truly, Fergalicious. Prima peppered her performance with enthusiastic gesticular dancing as well as skillful twerking. She enticed the audience by circling the room, which got the whole crowd involved.
Aki Taki and Honey Kanni then performed a cheerful lipsync, in which the duo utilized their shawls. They took advantage of being a couple, rather than a single performer by bringing in synchronized choreography. Although their performance was brief, it left an impact.
Madame Mo was next onstage, but not just for a lipsync. Before the audience’s very eyes, a wedding party assembled in the APC. The minister commenced in welcoming the crowd to the ceremony between Madame Mo and her fiancé, Chanel, dressed in sparkly boots and a chic skirt suit. From there, the couple exchanged vows, and all was well until Chanel said, “I don’t know if you are ready.” That’s when the real show began, as Mo started lipsyncing to “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry, during which Mo chased Chanel around the room, as she fled in terror.
The Dolly Drag emcee then kept up the energy while the judges deliberated on winners. This was done through the vivacious performance of “American Boy” by Dee Leerious, herself. The lipsyncing was endlessly captivating and effortless, a real treasure to watch.
Best Drag: Barbie Burger and Fox Silver
Best Lipsync: Goodie Goodie Prima
Best Performance: Madame Mo
Best Emcee: Miss Delirious
(I, the writer, personally agrees with the decisions of the judges).
(Judges pictured below)
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