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It’s a glamourous new of edition of Untucked! This month we had a kiki with the amazingly talented Kylie Banks! She has been a well-known figure here in the Nashville scene, known for her amazing performances and for being extremely beautiful—not only that, but she has always been such a nice girl. It’s rare to see her perform her these days due to all the traveling and working she does, but when you do she does not disappoint. Get to know everything you’ve always wanted to about this socialite, as we sit back and get untucked!
Did you face many hardships coming out?
You know, really I didn't. I was always extremely artistic. My grandmother was always a big influence on me and always encouraged me to do things. She would let me cut her hair and do her makeup. She was always so glamorous. I went to a boarding school, and I never faced bullying or anything like that. I have always been confident and didn't care what other people perceive. I don’t care who it is and I think people respected that.
When did you start doing drag?
Omg! Honestly years ago. It was when I was working at MAC Cosmetics: we had just opened the Vegas store. We were doing this big event, and they had RuPaul come in. So I was selected to be the drag model in the MAC event. I can't even remember what year. RuPaul helped me make up my name then and there!
Explain what drag means to you?
Drag to me is about self-expression. It’s a character or an alter ego. It creates an outlet to do things you wouldn't typically do as yourself. People always say Kylie is the happy-go-lucky socialite of Nashville. She is a vixen, while Mykal is more conservative—like an angel.
You know the pageant world like no other: what would you say is the most difficult part in pageant preparation?
The first thing is to find your focus. You need to find what you want to gain out of it. Just truly focus on what you want and how you’re going to get there. You need to stay true to it. It’s a commitment.
What would you say is the most important category in any pageant, and why?
I would say the most important categories would be interview or question and answer. Mostly because that is the moment to give insight into who you are and show how well you are prepared. You need to show them you are able to handle the job at hand. However, my favorite part is evening gown, for the glitz and glamour.
What would you say is the most coveted title in the drag pageant world?
In my eyes, I would say Miss Continental. I think it is the most prestigious. It’s different for every performer though. I have always held the highest regard for that one because it is the closest to a real USA pageant.
Which would you say is more difficult to work with/for, the drag queens or the youngsters?
Hmmm, ok drag queens no. It's always fun and on a lighter note than working with the kids or the real girls. Working with the kids, is just awesome because its more real life experience and you get to see them grow up. The teen girls take it very seriously so it’s more intense, but you only have one shot. You can only go to USA one time. So you have to take it seriously and capture that crown.
Being a makeup artist extraordinaire, do you find yourself clocking mugs often?
Honestly, learning makeup and being an artist, I have learned to appreciate it. We may not all appreciate the same art and that's okay—we are all different. If we both took a sharpie and drew a heart, it would never be the exact same heart. I don’t ever clock or critique. Although I do study other girls face and see things I would do differently. We all have different faces so were not going to look the same and that's the beauty of the art.
What is the best make up advice you could give?
Okay I'm going to say don't teach someone how you paint your face. Do what will work for their face if you’re teaching them. Everyone has a different face, so when you paint do what looks best on you. Second, cover your beard ladies! It's my biggest pet peeve. Third, wash your makeup off! Don't sleep with it on. Take care of your skin: you can’t get new skin. You're stuck with the same skin forever.
Who would you say has been the largest supporter of your drag persona/career?
Besides me? I would honestly say it's my family. My family is very supportive, they have always been so open and accepting of it. They even get me dresses and other items for Kylie. They will be getting a dress for my sister for example and they will get me one too.
Which drag performer would you say has been the biggest influence on you in your drag career?
That's so easy! Miss Erica Andrews. Here is the deal: RuPaul is the first I ever looked up to because she had this charisma and glamour about her. The only person that I have seen walk into a room and give the same presence as RuPaul was Erica. One of her best quotes I say all the time is, "Practice love, not labels.” So basically, be a happy person, be a loving person. Don't just go off of labels created by society.
You travel a lot: which city would you say has the best drag?
New York is very different than Nashville. I've traveled to many cities in the U.S. and internationally, but I have always been proud of being from Nashville. Believe it or not Nashville has a huge reputation for having the most beautiful, polished and glam girls.
What’s your favorite song to perform?
I have so many. One of my favorites is "Glamourous Life," not because of Erica but because the song I feel defines me as a person. I just love glamour and living a luxurious lifestyle. It's nice that it was a song Erica was really known for though. It's like having a piece of her with me.
What is your take on RuPaul’s Drag Race? Do you think it has been a positive or negative influence?
I love the show and I love the girls. I think it’s been a great thing for drag. It's brought it to mainstream and helped it become more acceptable. Everything is going to have pros and cons, that's life. It totally changed drag and put it on the map, so I think it's great!
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.