The biggest reason to make it out for Drag Nation last Friday at Tracks wasn't to see Amanda Lepore perform -- it was to see Amanda Lepore in real life. And while the transgender icon and David LaChapelle muse was definitely worth viewing, her sort-of sing-along performance was very much overshadowed by hometown queen Ginger Sexton and former RuPaul Drag Racer Mimi Imfurst's show stopping theatrics and bang-up outfit choices.
Following behind new-ish Drama Drag host Jujubee's usually tame show, Lepore made a surprisingly early stage entrance, prancing around to her own song, "My Hair Looks Fierce." The nude-colored and sequined-covered fabric of her lingerie was effective in displaying her outrageous bodily accoutrements, and it was clear that was what she came to do. But beyond the pasties on her pale breasts and the curiosity that was Lepore's gracious apple bottom, her fur between-the-thighs dance was nothing short of awkward.
Coming up over the last few years as a drag force to be reckoned with, Sexton was lowered to the stage in a birdcage, her usually classy self draped in a perfectly cut orange creamsicle-colored evening gown. Backed by a cadre of black-tie dancers, Sexton did what she does best, glamming up Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" with lots of forlorn glances and microphone cradling. Sexton has almost effectively nailed the ability to be so beautiful under pounds of make-up that one can forget she is just a stunning, walking illusion.
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Imfurst was also another high point of the night, but pulled from the other school of drag -- which is less about the mirage and more about the drama. When she appeared toward the end of the evening in a nude floor-length dress, the crowd's reaction was of instantaneous awe; there, positioned on Imfurst's stomach was a clear plastic belly with a realistic fetus tucked inside. Stomping and smirking to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" the momma queen flung her pantyhose umbilical cord boa around with reckless abandon. At the climax of the equity-seeking anthem, Imfurst lost her wig, exposing her as a dead ringer for the infamous Divine.
Ending just shy of 1 a.m., this edition of Drag Nation may have been the best to date. The local talent shined brightly and the RuPaul-sanctioned girls equally brought it. The only thing missing? Miss Nina Flowers.