The spectacular and abundantly talented, popular and admired Queen Peppermint will be taking the stage on March 11 at The Imperial Court of New York’s Night of a Thousand Gowns.
Aside from being one of New York’s most well-liked performers, Peppermint can dance, sing and lip sync. I met her for the very first time at Miss Fire Island and was so impressed by her artistry that I had to run over and talk to her immediately. On behalf of Get Out! magazine, I would like to congratulate her on being selected to compete this season on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and I wish her the very best of luck. It’s well deserved.
Peppermint, what involvement do you have with The Imperial Court of New York?
I am actually not in the court, but I’m a big fan. One of my mentors was empress of the court, Coco LaChine.
So you’re performing this year?
I’m going and performing.
Will you be doing anything special for the evening?
I’ll be doing a little bit of old and new. I’ll be doing some original songs and also something new.
Even more important, what will you be wearing?
I have to wear a thousand
gowns. I’m actually putting the feelers out, looking for some designers, and hopefully I’ll have something gorgeous and long and glamorous, befitting of an evening with the court.
I’m sure that you will do a fabulous job of that. Do you attend every year?
No, I’ve only gone three times. There’s always something going on at the same time. There was always a conflict. I’ve been trying to get to perform there for years. This is the first time that we got it together to make it work.
Well, I’m very excited that you’re going to perform this year. What does Night of a Thousand Gowns mean to you?
The Imperial Court is extremely important. I think that it embodies some of the key principles that I like to bring into drag, which are obviously glamour, and gowns, but also charity. It’s a charity organization, and they get together and do Night of a Thousand Gowns, in addition to other wonderful fundraising events, in an effort to raise money to improve the quality of life for LBGTQ and LBGTQ youth. They are extremely active in our community. They really put their money where their mouth is. Literally! They walk the walk, and they talk the talk. They do the work. That’s important to me. I was extremely excited when they asked me to do it this year.
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