Excerpt from the "Hard" Copy of Fop!
From growing up on a small farm in nowhere California, to creating a persona and being featured on Rupaul’s Drag Race, Miss Fame has lived a life of both glamour and resilience. She opens up about her humble beginnings and the determination it has taken her to get this far. This self-proclaimed Norma Jean has got the sass, strength, and balls to accomplish much more.
You grew up in the middle of nowhere California on a chicken farm with your grandparents. How did this experience influence your creativity?
Growing up on a farm, where there was nothing but rolling hills and barnyard animals was a very special experience. It was the only one I ever knew until this point and what I gained was a deeply creative mind. I know that I have always been a creative person but when placed in an environment that was stripped of the busyness of a city, I was left with my imagination. Trees became houses, bales of hay were constructed with a tarp to make a pool during the summer and chickens became friends. I am grateful to have this experience and see the benefits of having a start on a farm as it inspired so many of my dreams I live today.
You sometimes call yourself the Norma Jean of drag. What is that about? Is Miss Fame your modern day interpretation of Marilyn Monroe?
Calling myself the Norma Jean of drag is a point of view for me. I feel that my upbringing being a humble, hands-in-the-dirt experience allowed me to evolve into the glamorous persona that is Miss Fame. I looked at the golden ages of Hollywood to guide my vision for my future; of course Marilyn was a reference for many as she was such an icon of beauty. To me, Miss Fame is the modern day old Hollywood blonde, to which glamour will never die.
Before your persona, Miss Fame, you were known as a very talented makeup artist. How did your interest in makeup start?
Makeup was a medium for me. I started as a self-taught artist; using pencil, crayon and marker, which evolved into pastel and charcoal. Eventually I took an interest in the beauty field and became a makeup artist five years ago in New York. Although I had already been playing with my face as a canvas for many years, I never said I was a makeup artist until I started to get paid for it. I took my portrait style art background and evolved it into something more; creating faces that lived for that night and were never to be seen exactly the same ever again. I love that about makeup and, in turn, about Miss Fame.
In a previous interview you talked about projecting this idea of greatness for yourself and that you were a circle in a square family. How did you find the strength and drive to become who you are today, and to find comfort in your own skin?
I do believe it is important for us all to live in our fullest potential, but how can we ever know what our fullest potential is without a bit of soul searching? I say that I grew up feeling like a circle in a square family because I was. For a while, I was the only openly gay person, also the only focused artist, amongst a few other qualities. After going through the emotions of trying to find my place in a confined environment, I decided to take a geographic approach to evolve. Moving to New York proved to be successful, but not without its challenges. I used my human history as a guide for life, to remain determined and not to settle for anything less than my end goal--which is still developing as I respond to these questions. I am grateful for my family. I love them with all my heart. They taught me so much and, in turn, I hope that I have been mutually motivating….