[L]ondon-based drag queen and living art extraordinaire Charity Kase only took until the 1st day January to prove to the world that this year is theirs for the taking. While we were all nursing the mother of all hangovers, Charity decided to show the world her imagination through art. She has decided to pull a look every day, in what she calls her 100 Days of Drag – a series of sensual stimulation, innovative art and queer self-expression. Charity’s transformative talents have enchanted the world of social media, giving a boost to her Instagram following while showing the world her impressive capability. This goes beyond the world of drag.
Ingeniously, each of the personas are presented with their own backstory – making us realise that this is about more than just ‘a look’, it’s about an entire catalogue of short stories. Our minds open to the realisation that there is life beyond all the glitter and prosthetics. This is Charity Kase’s imagination confusing the world of creative self-expression and reality.
Looking through the remarkable efforts at creating a persona based on a short story created also by Charity herself, and turning it into her own twisted fairy-tale fantasy, the ways people define drag in are contested, stimulating a discussion about rich concepts behind drag and what it means to be a drag queen.
We had arranged to meet in the place of upmost glamour – the nail salon – to discuss the story behind the art and gain a deeper appreciation of the impressive task she has set herself. It’s hard to believe that, behind this imaginative appearance, Charity Kase is as breathtakingly stunning to look at without the art on as she is with it. Charity has a bewitching personality. You get an instant feeling of warmth from her – but never underestimate the utter sassiness of this queen…