With her glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs and false eyelashes long enough to embarrass Tammy Faye Baker, multi-talented drag artist Lady Bunny would turn heads even if looking glamorous was her only talent. Soon, the festival became known as a hipper version of Gay Pride Day. Get the latest Bunny news right in your inbox! Clearly, this newsletter goes out about once a decade.
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Check out the rest here. But Lady Bunny is very much alive and kicking up her heels. Last year marked the return of Wigstock , a daylong outdoor drag festival she first conceived with friends and emceed in The crowded event became an annual summer mainstay through the early s, moving from Tompkins Square Park in the East Village to the Hudson River Piers. A behind-the-scenes documentary released in features performances and commentary from pillars of the drag scene, including Lypsinka, RuPaul, and Deee-Lite. I felt we all needed a day to celebrate that we're still here, we haven't lost our ability to throw a party, throw on a costume, get together, and dance. Drag Race has been credited for helping to reverse that trend in gay nightlife, with fans flocking to bars for viewing parties each week. The conventions of a reality show-style competition also strike her as absurdly far removed from the working world of drag. Unless you don't tip them! When we're performing, we're at work.
Lady Bunny backstage at Wigstock in New York this month. By Michael Schulman. It was the first day of September, and the occasion was Wigstock, the storied drag extravaganza that was making a bedazzled return at the South Street Seaport after a year hiatus. But it had stalled as soon as it started, at 3 p. Are all our mics on? Finally, the correct song played, and the owner of that Tennessee twang emerged in full splendor. She was flanked by three other drag veterans in gold, who traded unprintable barbs mostly about who was the oldest or most promiscuous.
Lady Bunny , originally known as "Bunny Hickory Dickory Dock," born Jon Ingle , August 13,  is an American drag queen, nightclub DJ, recording artist, actor, journalist, talent promoter, founder of the annual Wigstock event and television personality. She has also released disco singles such as "Shame, Shame, Shame! Lady Bunny began her career alongside Larry Tee and RuPaul as a fixture on the Atlanta gay scene in the early s  and appeared in a variety of low-budget films with them, including the Starbooty series. In , she moved to New York City , became one of the Club Kids ,  and in , organized Wigstock ,  an annual drag queen festival that lasted until Lady Bunny says she has an affinity for trans women , spends her public life in drag, and goes by female pronouns. She is almost never seen out of women's clothing. Julie Newmar.