we try our best to write blogs regularly,
but you know how it is for working GAls!
but you know how it is for working GAls!
How did Silly Gal become?
I used to sneak into the bars and clubs when I was 16, having wore heels from a young age and not conforming to the norm I was blown away by the iconic show girls at Viaduct Show Bar. I wanted to do what they were doing, it was camp, feminine but masculine at the same time. It inspired me to join the world of gender bending to express myself publicly how I wanted as people didn't understand me as a camp boy in heels with eyebrows.
Who helped and supported you?
Initially I was just experimenting with makeup with friends supporting me, I would just attend social events in general drag. I then started working at Tunnel in Leeds and my FAVOURITE Club Kid and mask designer Minty (@mintylds) helped me explore more and I started to find my niche.
Who inspires your drag?
Not just saying it because they are attending Dragcon, but I developed a lot from working with Gucci! (@ggabore) and Gisele (@theothergisele) at Tunnel. They truly helped mould me into the queen I am, I took a bit of my glamour from Gucci and the freaky fashion edge from Gisele, I feel like Silly Gal was refined by taking inspiration from my sisters.
What do you love about drag?
I love being able to create different concepts and outfits each time I work. It gives me a visual way of expressing my mood, feelings and I can be whatever I want to be on that day. I love that I can sit for 4 hours painting myself, leaving worries and dramas behind to enjoy a great time with the people I will meeting at the club. I love the challenge of exceeding my previous looks, coming up with new concepts, ideas and constantly improving. I have done everything myself too, learning makeup skills, wig styling and making my outfits. Trial and error is probably one the most frustrating parts of drag but also one of the most amazingly fun elements too.
What’s the hardest part of drag for you?
The hardest part is trying to keep it fresh, unique and 100% silly. Sometimes its hard to put your own creative twist on a concept that’s been done so many times, especially when you’re in a creative rut. Sometimes when you hit a creative block it is so frustrating and can get you to a point of wanting to quit, I am really hard on myself sometimes when it happens but thankfully I find after a few days I get through it and things flow again. ️
What’s ya party trick?
Other than being able to neck a tray of jäger bombs in seconds, I can steal a man even if I’m dressed as a rhinestone nun.
What’s your biggest drag achievement?
My greatest achievement is showing and being myself, I get to travel and put my art on stage and being cast for theatrical presentations. I love scaring the hell out of people at Scare Maze in York every Halloween.
Most embarrassing drag memory?
My favourite memory is with Gucci at Manchester pride, after losing everybody (because we were in an absolute state) we started messing about and created what looked like a fight in the middle of canal street. It's just our banter and we both love it in the moment, but on this occasion we completely ruined each other, wigless and clothes hanging off. We had to get ready all over again behind a burger van while people watched before we grabbed a kebab and found everyone for the train back to Leeds.
What’s your drag related claim to fame?
I don't have one. That's not true though is it? Silence with a smirk.
Where can we see you working?
You can catch me working every week in Tunnel (@TUNNELLEEDS) hosting Come Together and WERK, Viaduct Showbar (@viaductshowbar) along a bunch of other glamour toads hosting Bubblegum POP!
What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in drag?
Don't take it too serious, you’re making art and you should have fun with it! No one wants negative Nancy in the bar! Try find something that makes you stand out, look unique. NEVER BE TIMID! Once you’re in your drag, leave all your fears and attitude under the wig. Go cause an amazing scene, make yourself seen!
What is your top hack or cheat which has helped your sisters out?
Give Face have some of the most amazing lashes on the market, I make my own custom lashes using 3 or 4 pairs of them in different styles. My faves at the moment are the 301, 307 and 309 (but I can't wait for the new styles - I saw the proofs a few months ago). I use latex weave bonding glue, cutting the different lash styles into pieces, then piecing them together to create something unique, they really elevate the eye and makes a look that can’t be bought!
What’s ya fave Give Face products?
I am truly obsessed with the highlighters - Ethereal, Vivienne and Gabriel. I use them on my eyes, cheeks, body and lips, they are SO pigmented and I love how the loose formula gives me total precision and impact! I also sometimes dip into ultra fine glitter ‘Wish’ and use it over my entire face for extra shine and glitz. I cannot forget to mention the NEON/ UV loose pigments, they are LIFE CHANGING! I was never really a fan of loose pigments as if they spread they can be a terror to get rid of, but these neon pigments have a ton of impact and really do GLOW so it's worth the effort!
What you most looking forward to at Dragcon?
I’m most looking forward to meeting a load of amazingly talented people from all over the country under one roof. I also wanna show that there’s no face tune needed! I am excited to meet Give Face customers to share amazing ways to use the products, there are so many alternative way these products can used!
Director: Johnny (aka drag queen Dirti Denise)
"I founded Give Face Cosmetics in 2016 working in my editorial photography business Outside the Box Photography, I researched and sourced incredible ingredients to create an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free products designed especially for artists who need amazing pigmentation and effects with no additives to reduce allergic reactions and irritation. I want to bring artists affordable, amazing quality."