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Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a Pride Month series on the Exhibitionist that combs through the drag demimonde to sift out the true movers and shakers from those who merely jiggle a lot.

It's not altogether clear whether Cash Monet is the drag queen of our dreams or whether she'd rather inhabit our nightmares. (She's been pursued on stage by Freddie Krueger before.) Either way, this relative newcomer has already won plaudits for her lqqks and scintillating beard.

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What name(s) do you perform under?
Cash Monet. It's comes from one of my favorite online art pieces, which inspired me a lot when I was in art school.

Where do you perform?

I've performed here and there: Aunt Charlie's, The Stud, Oasis. But I'm a regular at The Edge for the Monster Show on Thursdays. I'm usually there every single Thursday, in or out of drag. I started there, and I love it there!

How long have you done drag?
I started around October 2015, so eight months ago. My first number was at the Edge for Trash TV night for Monster Show. I did a mashup of the Bad Girls' theme song, with Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" and MIA's "Bad Girls."

Does your character/persona/alter ego have a back story?
Cash Monet is an aspiring K-Pop star using her cute-sexy charm and child sound to entertain, disgust, or confuse an audience. My inspirations come from CL from 2NE1, chiptune music, Moschino fashion, a '90s aesthetic, Lolita fashion, and Asian appropriation of American culture.

Do you have a theater/performance background?
Taking dance classes and backing up for other drag queens for the last three years definitely helped me on stage. It wasn't until the start of 2015 that I decided to do my own drag numbers. Why be Kevin Federline when you can be Britney Spears?

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Is realness important to you? Genderfuck? Something else?
As a bearded drag queen 90 percent of the time, realness is very important to me. (Sarcasm alert.) I enjoy doing numbers by artists of any gender, and I don't like boundaries. Also my beard gives me yet another thing to cover in glitter, confetti, pompoms, or whatever.

When you were starting out, what was the biggest hurdle?
Like everyone, it was "perfecting" my makeup, but I think the biggest hurdle that I'm still trying to work on is remembering names to faces. I have a really bad memory with names to faces and it gets awkward.

What do you love most about drag?
I love everything about drag. Music, dancing, makeup, visual puns — but my favorite part about drag is being in a community of artists. Talking to other drag queens about how they created something from nothing is so inspiring.

Assuming she is among us, does your mother know?
Oh my gosh, she doesn't stop talking about it! She'll give me her old clothes and jewelry and say, "This is for Ms. Monet" I'll wear it at least once, cause I know she means best. If I ever did snatch game I would play my mom cause she is a gem. I'm very lucky to have her (and my dad, too).

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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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