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Welcome to I Am Your Queen, a Pride Month feature here at the Exhibitionist that lifts up the proverbial rock on the Bay Area's drag scene and takes diagnostic samples of the glitter trails left by queens scuttling back into the darkness.

When K Color won Oasis' Star Search (as best newcomer) she called it "the best thing that has happened to me" as a drag performer.

If you missed her performance of Katy Perry's "Firework" at The Stud last summer, you might have missed your only opportunity to shoot party poppers at her. (It was an explosive lqqk, such that the hostess, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! called her a "saboteur.")

What name(s) do you perform under?
My performer name is K Color which comes from my mother's name, Kaye Culler.

Where do you perform?
I perform mainly at Oasis, but also at The Stud and The Midnight Sun (as well as out of town).

How long have you done drag?
I've performed off and on for a few years but really only seriously this last year.

What's your day job?
I am a yoga instructor and massage therapist

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Does K Color have a back story? 
Like I said, I got my name from my mom, so the inspiration started there. Like what my mom would be if she didn't have kids. But it has really evolved: Recently, I've been playing with being a goddess or deity.  

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Do you have a theater/performance background?
I don't, but I was always involved in music from chorus to band.

Is "realness" important to you? Genderfuck? Something else?
K Color really doesn't go for realness, partially because I'm terrible with makeup. But my roots are definitely in being a club kid. I was a hardcore raver, and that really inspires my style. But as I go forward I hope to be able to do it all, including "realness."

When you were starting out, what was the biggest hurdle?
I've actually been really lucky to know people who run shows, and all I had to do was ask to be in them.  San Francisco is really great in that there are lots of opportunities to perform. My biggest hurdle is staying motivated.

What's your favorite thing about drag?

I love that drag is so many creative outlets, from hair to makeup to fashion to performance. And I love it all!!!

Does your mother know?
She does know. The only thing she's ever really said is that I look best as a blonde. (She's a blonde, too.)

Have you had any issues with Facebook's "real" names policy?
I haven't had any issues. And I'm lucky in that I don't have to hide that I do drag from anyone.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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