Peppermint in 13

By: Rick Andreoli

Peppermint is one of the most beloved drag queens working in New York today—even by her fellow Queens of Drag stars. She conquered the New York drag scene with her high-energy and overwhelmingly engaging personality, and has worked with the likes of Ultra Naté, Amanda Lepore, Chaka Khan, Martha Wash and Joey Arias.

This week we get a sweet taste of Peppermint in her own Queens of Drag episode, but we thought we’d kick things off with her own 13 Questions.

1. When did you start performing?
I've always thought of myself as a performer, even growing up. I remember inviting all the kids in the hood, lining up yellow paper squares on the living room floor and singing The Wizard of Oz! Of course I did school plays and chorus, but I started doing drag regularly when I worked at the Kurfew party at Tunnel nightclub YEARS ago.

2. What do you hate about some audiences?
Front row talkers, texters or stand up-pers

3. What do you love about audiences?
I love when they scream and throw money... at me.

Pepp.jpg1 4. How did you come up with your name?
I was named by an ex-boyfriend for my favorite flavor.

5. What’s your favorite place to perform and why?
Oh no, honey! You're not gonna get me in a war of venues! My favorite places to perform are for college audiences or while traveling in the south because they seem to appreciate EVERYTHING! But friends have said THEIR favorite place to see me is when I am doing my weekly one "woman" show.

6. Who are your inspirations?
Prince and Janet Jackson. I really love their music and performing styles.

7. Who do you love listening to on your iPod?
Right now I'm listening to Pink and Meshell Ndegeocello. But I don't have an iPod. I use a Victrola.

8. What song do you associate with your coming out?
"Eat it" by Weird Al.

Just kidding. I came out really young, which was not very common in my hood. But the song that is tied to one of my first crushes is "Missing You" by Everything But the Girl.

9. What hang-ups do you wish people would get over?
Love handles and [the term] "straight acting"—myself included.

10. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?
Love handles and straight acting... No, hmm, I love and probably eat WAY too much ice cream. You'd be shocked and disgusted!

11. Favorite curse word?
BITCH. Not really a curse but I think it's the most versatile of them all.Peppermint

12. Best bitch slap you ever heard?
I've heard some great verbal bitch slaps, most of which have come from nightlife mogul Michael T., whose slap is so strong it knocks the sense out of passersby… which is why I can't remember any of them.

13. What do you think is the greatest gift drag performers give to the world?
A boost in the economy by way of tube socks and tubes of lipstick!

To be honest, sometimes drag queens get a bad rap. Some people think we are only good at lip-syncing to the divas, but drag is changing. There's an unusual yet undeniable power that comes with drag. If given a chance we cut right through gender, economic, and political lines just as we did during the stonewall revolution.

Who needs Hillary or Ms. Palin? Tranny for president! Wouldn't that be fun?

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