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dated a guy she met on Grindr the year before she started doing drag, and on their first date, he took her to Trannyshack's Starsearch pageant. Beforehand, they went to Roxy-Cotten Candy's house, where she saw the incredible amount of time and labor that drag requires.
"I remember staring at her nails, mesmerized, for way too long, and making her feel uncomfortable," Laundra says. "This guy seemed to know everyone in and around the show, so we got to see the whole pageant standing right behind the judges. I can still remember every number from that night: Grace Towers and her Vogue extravaganza, Sue Casa and her donkey show, Roxy’s deck-of cards-dress — everything was spectacular and grandiose and political in a weird way, and the whole experience sparked an intense fascination with drag."
A year later, she and the guy had long since stopped dating, and she was already an accomplished drag performer.
"I didn’t see him for over a year until I started performing at The Monster Show with Cookie Dough. The guy was at the show every time I performed, sitting in the same spot — and we avoided each other because things had not ended on a good note. After my third time at the show, he finally came up to me and said, 'Hey, so… can I be your drag dad since I kind of started you in all of this?'"
"He explained that he was Cookie’s son Crafty Dough," Laundra adds, "and from there on out, I was Cookie’s granddaughter. She put me in her show almost every week and brought me all over to perform with her, which gave me the opportunities and connections that have lead me to be able to do what I do now. The moral of the story is, Grindr hookups bring families together!"