My wife and I are the co-founders of DragQueensGalore.com. We thought about creating this business because we didn’t see anything covering every aspect of Drag Queens. We saw everyone covering the current stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the newest UK sensation, Drag Queens of London.
What we didn’t see were the Drag Stars from the past, before there was a RuPaul’s Drag Race or even a RuPaul, Drag Queen of all ages. We didn’t see much about Lady Bunny nationally. We didn’t see too much about stars dressing up as ladies, which doesn’t make them much of a Drag Queen. But the forward thinking of some of the film makers from the mid 1900’s made leaps and bounds by adding men dressed as women.
The other thing we didn’t see was anyone mentoring people who weren’t on TV. Not to mention, there were a whole bunch of performers who didn’t care to audition for the show due to their success in their own careers already.
So we tried to get a site up and going to expose the other, less known Drag Queens in history and the Queens we should know or may soon know. We’re really interested in feedback from visitors to our site. We’re looking for originality and a lot of fun.
This is the weekend Miss Continental Plus Illinois, Natasha Douglas, has been waiting for. If you get a chance to wish her luck, hit her up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. GOOD LUCK NATASHA!!
If you didn’t get to know her when we originally ran this story, check it out!
The Miss Continental Plus pageant is held annually in Chicago, Illinois during Easter weekend and is one of the most coveted titles in the art of female impersonation for “larger sized” entertainers. By larger sized we don’t mean “heavy weight” because Natasha Douglas is 6 foot 4 inches tall and qualifies as a “Plus queen.” Natasha took some time out of her extremely busy schedule to speak with us and we’re so glad she did.
Having just returned to drag after more than a decade long break from it about three years ago, Natasha Douglas has since auditioned for RuPaul’s Drag Race every year. Sadly she has not made it on the show yet, but she has her eyes on another prize. Natasha would like to be Miss Continental Plus
Being formerly known as a drug addict alcoholic she wanted to revamp herself and “create a new persona.” Natasha considers herself a female illusionist as opposed to someone who’s campy or anything else. But she did say the Chicago scene is very “fishy” and she understands that she may be “passable” on stage, but has come to terms with the fact that she’s a huge man with big hands and a deep voice.
How this queen has time to prepare for the pageant, we don’t know. She has her own show that she inherited from her friend Windy City called “The Dragtastic Revue” at The Pub in northern Indiana. She works in a salon and owns her own business called “Queen of The Style” where she takes wigs and styles them. On top of all that she does shows in Chicago as well. But staying busy bodes well for this recovering queen.
Now that she’s sober and more focused, Natasha admits to being a “precisionist” because she doesn’t believe in perfection. She has always been very attracted to detail and precision with “a little bit of a loose tongue.” But she said “with pageants I like that it forces you to grow because you’re being judged on every detail and that carries through your career whether you are competing or you are performing on stage on your regular gig. I have been recognized more and more for that kind of discipline. I don’t believe in going out there looking sloppy.”
She’s excited to compete in the pageant and the preliminary is Monday, November 17th at The Baton Show Lounge in Chicago. Be sure to show Miss Natasha your support and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and check out her YouTube channel to embark on the journey to the crown with her. We thank Natasha for speaking with us and look forward to the great things sure to come for this wonderful queen!