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Pride 2011

‘RuPaul’s’ southern belle comes to Utah

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The full-figured and voluptuous southern belle of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Miss Stacy Layne Matthews, will be sashaying her way through Utah during the Pride Festival. She’ll be in the Pride Parade and at the Logo booth during the festival for a meet-and-greet.

Before making her national television debut in the race to become America’s next drag superstar, Stacy was living in a small town with a population of a little more than 5,000 people called Back Swamp, N.C.

One Halloween night, when she was 17 years old, Stacy’s cousin dressed her up in drag and entered her into a costume contest.

“I was so excited,” Stacy said. “I actually won the contest. I was hooked and I knew what I wanted to do.”

After being bitten by the drag bug, Stacy started learning all she could about makeup, hair and developing her own, unique plus-sized style.

“Looking back on my early years, it was terrible,” Stacy said. “My drag mother moved away, so I had to learn the world of drag myself.”

Luckily for her, she has the complexion of a beautiful young woman, an innate sense of style and a passion for improvement.

“It is so important to take care of your skin,” Stacy said. “Take off all the makeup and use a good moisturizer. I know I do, and I know that’s the only way it’s going to work.”

A decade after doing drag at the gay club nearly an hour drive from her home, Stacy entered her first RuPaul’s Drag Race competition.

“I just got together a tape real quick and sent it in,” Stacy said. “I couldn’t believe it when they called me back. I was so excited.”

Stacy made a terrific showing and even was named the winner of episode six for her impersonation of Mo’Nique. However, she was sent sashaying away in episode seven when her red velvet cake outfit left the judges unsatisfied.

Since the tour, Stacy has been making the rounds around the country, working it at all the hottest nightclubs and parties. When she takes the stage in Salt Lake, she’ll bring excitement and glamour.

“I think my style is very sophisticated, professional and glamorous,” Stacy said. “Some of my influences are Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah and all the other plus-sized actors out there.”

Stacy is a trained actress and singer, and she brings a sense of style and poise to the stage when she performs.

“I like to keep moving, I love R&B and I want to make sure everyone knows that even us plus-sized girls can dance and move,” Stacy said.

Although this is her first time in Salt Lake City, Stacy said she is excited to visit.

“I want everyone to know, especially young gay people and young drag queens that it is so important to just be true to yourself,” Stacy said. “I can’t tell you how important that is and I try to show that in all of my performances.”

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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