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If you haven't heard of Kim Chi, she is the first Korean-American on RuPaul's Drag Race and was named one of the most powerful drag queens in America. Kim Chi was runner-up on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag RaceRuPaul's Drag Race and was sent home by Bob The Drag Queen later in the season. Well, since then, she's been quite busy. She started her own makeup line and has been making appearances all over the place. Now, she's teamed up with none other than Trixie Mattel to do a limited edition makeup collaboration.
We got in a little chat with Kim Chi where she talks about life, love, the runway...nah, just kidding. She did take some time out to answer a few questions for us on what it was like being on RPDR, what one product she can't live without, and so much more.
All of the products are cruelty-free and 2% of all sales to The Trevor Project. If you haven't checked out Kim Chi's beauty line, you should, the KimChi Chic Beauty line is stocked with a ton of makeup products and that bowtie is pretty cute too.
Q: What brought you to the decision to start a makeup line?
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A: The options were very limited for good affordalbe makeup, so it was important to me to create quality makeup that every makeup lover could enjoy.
Q: What does the collaboration between you and Trixie Mattel look like?
A: Putrid. Pungent. Audacious. It is a perfect representation of both Trixie and my style!
Q: Where and how did the two of you meet and subsequently become BFFs?
A: She stalked me on Facebook and forced me to book her in Chicago. Haven’t been able to get away from her since!
Q: What makeup product can you NOT live without?
A: Definitely eyeliner. The KimChi Chic Beauty Stage Proof Liquid Liner and The Effin Liner never leaves my makeup kit.
Q: Can you give us some makeup tips?
A: Don’t be afraid to experiment. It's okay to wipe away mistakes and start over if needed.
Q: How has appearing on RuPaul shaped your lives, career, and outlook?
A: It has made me the 17th most powerful drag queen in the world according to some list by a famous publication. Kidding again! It gave me this really amazing platform to live out my wildest dreams, connect with people all around the world, and hopefully inspire others like myself. It showed me the importance of holding on to your passions and living life authentically.
Q: What are your top 3 charities to support?
A: Seniors Fight Back, The Trevor Project, Elton John Aids Foundation
Q: What 2 things would you say to an aspiring drag queen?
A: Success doesn't happen overnight, be patient and prepare to spend a lot of money!
Q: How big of a difference is it between your drag queen persona and non-drag queen persona? Or is there? Do you sometimes forget when you’re “on” or “off”?
A: It depends on whether I’m wearing a wig or not. Kim is a little louder, snarkier, and outgoing than Sang.
Q: What’s next? You have the appearances, the collaboration, the friendship…What is on the horizon?
A: Lots of touring, more KimChi Chic Beauty launches, and one day...hopefully, retirement!
Q: What would you be doing if you weren't a drag queen performer and makeup entrepreneur?
A: Before doing drag I was an art director, so probably something similar relating to fashion design, art, or something similar.
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KimChi Chic Beauty and Trixie Mattel Makeup Line
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You can see the limited edition Trixie x Kim Chi Collab BFF4EVR on KimChi's Chic Beauty site. It's a fun and whimsical product line. The limited edition includes 5 different products with various shades and colors to choose from as well as a KimChi and Trixie Girl Fan or purchase the entire line in one bundle.
You better watch out, you better not cry, because global drag icons and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are coming back to town with the wildly successful, internationally acclaimed The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show (Produced by BenDeLaCreme Presents). The 22-city North American tour will run from November 23 - December 30 across the U.S. and Canada with a new show written by Jinkx & DeLa that proves why they’re still the reigning “queens of Christmas” (Entertainment Weekly).
General on-sale begins July 7 at 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET / 6pm BT.
Following the massive success of three previous holiday tours, fans can expect another year of fabulous spectacle, whip-smart comedy, brand new songs, and annual favorites. Join the sugary DeLa and spicy Jinkx for an evening The New York Times says is “sure to lift your spirits and make you howl with laughter.”
BenDeLaCreme says, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show is joyous, hilarious, surrealist, communal, and heartwarming. Nothing makes me feel more connected to the good in the world than the seas of people we get to celebrate the season with night after night--laughing, cheering, and being in our feelings together. I’m so lucky to get to experience that each year, and I hope you all will experience it with us.”
Jinkx Monsoon (who’s currently slaying the competition on All Stars 7) adds, “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show will take everything you expect from a drag queen variety show, and spin it on its side. It will test the limits of stupidity while being unexpectedly deep and reflective. We strive for entertainment while always proving that the holidays are for you to celebrate however you want to.”
BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are the sole writers of their holiday shows, a major achievement for two drag artists who tour at such a large scale each year. Jinkx says, “I think it is important that the show is created BY us, so it's decidedly FOR us, and those like us. So often, queer and drag stories are written by outsiders, and lack an authenticity that queer audiences crave. Creating the show ourselves, from the ground up, ensures that that authenticity is infused in every aspect of the production.”
DeLa adds, “Jinkx and I LOVE writing. We are passionate and have something to say. It comes from the heart. Writing AND performing as a combo is the best way for us to express what drives us as artists and as humans and fortunately, on top of that, people just happen to think we’re very funny.”
For the past four years, Jinkx and DeLa have owned the season with their sold-out holiday tours including To Jesus, Thanks for Everything in 2018, All I Want for Christmas Is Attention in 2019 and The Return of the Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! In 2021. In 2020, BenDeLaCreme produced her first-ever film under BenDeLaCreme Presents with The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special (Hulu / PVOD), a 60-minute variety special made for the screen. The special debuted to critical acclaim and solidified itself as a global queer holiday must-watch for years to come.
The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show is co-written and co-created by BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, directed by BenDeLaCreme, and produced by BenDeLaCreme Presents, a company comprised of producers BenDeLaCreme, Kevin Heard, and Gus Lanza. For more information, and to sign up for updates, visit jinkxanddela.com.
Additional dates across the UK will be announced shortly.
November 23 - Buffalo, NY (Riviera Theatre)
November 25 - Toronto, ON (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
November 26 - Ottawa, ON (Algonquin Commons Theatre)
November 27 - Montreal, QC (Olympia)
November 29 - Boston, MA (Chevalier Theatre)
November 30 - Philadelphia, PA (The Fillmore)
December 2 - New York, NY (Town Hall)
December 3 - New York, NY (Town Hall)
December 4 - Washington, DC (Lincoln Theatre)
December 6 - St. Paul, MN (The Fitzgerald Theater)
December 7 - Chicago, IL (Auditorium Theatre)
December 8 - Detroit, MI (Royal Oak Music Theatre)
December 9 - Indianapolis (Murat Theatre at Old National Centre)
December 11 - Austin, TX (Paramount Theatre)
December 12 - Dallas, TX (Majestic Theatre)
December 14 - Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)
December 16 - San Diego, CA (Balboa Theatre)
December 17 - San Francisco, CA (The Warfield)
December 18 - Los Angeles, CA (Orpheum Theatre)
December 21 - Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
December 22 - Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
December 23 - Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
December 24 - Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)
December 27 - Portland, OR (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
December 29 - Calgary, AB (Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium)
December 30 - Vancouver, BC (Vogue Theatre)
Photo courtesy of BenDeLaCreme Presents
Director, Producer, Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Starring as Herself
Sweet as pie and sharp as cheddar, the Terminally Delightful BenDeLaCreme is known for combining her background in performing and visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamor, and Saturday morning cartoons.
She has dazzled crowds throughout the Americas, Europe, and Australia, premiered four critically acclaimed solo shows Off-Broadway, as well as written, directed, and produced myriad narrative works and variety spectaculars that have played to sold-out audiences for over a decade. BenDeLaCreme’s live performances have received glowing reviews: “Keeping you entertained while making you think about your place in the world is all a part of the BenDeLaCreme experience,” said Forbes and Billboard raves that her work “...soars past entertainment and into the realm of theatrical art.”
BenDeLaCreme has appeared on two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul's Drag Race, her first go-round securing her a spot among the show’s “15 Fan Favorites of All Time.” After being crowned “Miss Congeniality” on Season 6, she returned to compete on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars on VH1 where she garnered more challenge wins than any other competitor in the show’s history, among other series records.
Continuing to break new ground by, and for, drag artists, DeLa’s production company, BenDeLaCreme Presents, produced its first national tour in 2018 with, To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! -Jinkx and DeLa, co-created and co-written by BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon. In 2019, the queens hit the road again with a brand new holiday show titled All I Want for Christmas is Attention. That tour was a sold-out sensation and marked DeLa’s first producer credit for an international tour. In 2020, BenDeLaCreme self-produced, directed, and co-wrote her debut film under BenDeLaCreme Presents, The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special which became a critical and commercial success, leading to an exclusive licensing deal with Hulu. Her 2021 holiday tour, The Return of the Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!, marked the queen’s highest-grossing tour under BenDeLaCreme Presents, further showcasing DeLa’s growing impact within the drag and theater industry as a producing powerhouse. In 2022, DeLa returned to her critically-hailed solo show, BenDeLaCreme is…Ready To Be Committed for her biggest international solo tour yet.
About Jinx Monsoon
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Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Starring as Herself
RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon is the “internationally tolerated” cabaret icon who’s taken over the entertainment industry as an award-winning actress, acclaimed vocalist, and theatre sensation. She’s now competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 amongst a cast of all winning contestants.
Since gaining a massive international fan base, Jinkx has toured the world performing her original cabaret shows with music partner Major Scales, including highly-acclaimed shows like The Ginger Snapped, The Vaudevillians (which became a hit off-broadway sensation), and their most recent production, Together Again, Again (2022). In 2018, she partnered with best friend and fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race star, BenDeLaCreme for their first major holiday tour To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! - Jinkx and DeLa. Jinkx and DeLa’s co-written holiday productions have grown into a worldwide phenomenon, spawning the 2019 tour, All I Want for Christmas is Attention, a Hulu holiday hit, The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special (2020), and The Return of the Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! (2021) which performed for sold-out audiences across the U.S., U.K., and Canada.
She is an award-winning stage actress, having won the Gregory Award for her portrayal of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and most recently, The MAC Award for her show The Ginger Snapped, co-written with Major Scales. No stranger to film and TV, Jinkx has appeared on the CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, the Netflix original AJ and the Queen, and has voiced characters for such animated shows as Steven Universe, Mighty Magiswords, Bravest Warriors, as well as a few surprises that are yet to come! Jinkx has been the subject of two documentaries: Drag Becomes Him and The Queens.
Jinkx is gearing up for the release of her new EP out summer 2022 and has dropped the lead single and music video for the project, “Know-It-All” written by Major Scales. Jinkx has released two albums featuring original music by Major Scales: The Inevitable Album and The Ginger Snapped.
Jinkx has been the subject of two documentaries: Drag Becomes Him and The Queens. She is an award-winning stage actress, having won the Gregory Award for her portrayal of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and most recently, The MAC Award for her show The Ginger Snapped.
Hailed as the “sickening queen supreme” by The Times, RuPaul’s Drag Race sensation Alyssa Edwards will embark on a cross-country US tour spanning from Los Angeles to New York City – with 26 cities in between. Entitled the Life, Love and Lashes Tour, this one-diva show is a non-stop adrenaline spectacle – pulling back the velvet curtain to reveal Alyssa’s most intimate secrets.
Following her sold out, critically acclaimed stint at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s historic West End last year, Alyssa promises “longer lashes, bigger wigs and louder tongue pops” in this expanded, reimagined extravaganza launching at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
“This is a side of her that you have never seen before,” said show producer Murray Hodgson. “We wanted to take the audience on a legendary theatrical journey - touching every arc of the rainbow that is the life of Alyssa. What she delivers on that stage is pure magic, and her fans will be left both shocked and inspired.”
Slated as a “love letter from Alyssa,” the show chronicles her yellow brick road to fame, laced with intimate anecdotes of a young boy with big dreams to the adventures of a budding superstar, and every glitter-filled moment in-between spanning across her 25-year career.
The 90-min show is a comedic and campy recital — packed with audacious reveals, gag-worthy costume changes and powerhouse performances by the “Dancing Queen” and her troupe of bodacious backup dancers.
Presale begins on Thursday, March 10th at 10:00 am ET, followed by general ticket sales on Friday, March 11th at 10:00 am ET. For more information visit www.dragfans.com.
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About Alyssa Edwards
Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson, known by his stage name Alyssa Edwards, is an American entertainer, choreographer and television personality having appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 2, America’s Got Talent and his notable Netflix docuseries, Dancing Queen. With personal appearances and tours spanning the globe, Johnson balances his time between international bookings and teaching at his award-winning dance studio, Beyond Belief Dance Company.
Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova have announced their first U.S. tour together, Trixie And Katya Live presented by Obsessed and powered by Five Senses Reeling. The tour will kick off March 15 and 16, 2022, in San Francisco, CA, with 20 additional dates throughout the country, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Dallas, and more. A full list of tour dates and venues is below.
“After over a year of living on your small screens, we are pulling out all of the stops on this live show,” said Trixie Mattel. “You can expect spectacular musical numbers, a dazzling set, and impeccable timing from two of the most talented women in the world. Do I smell a Tony?”
Trixie And Katya Live is a parody homage to the classic female road trip comedies from the 90s to today.
From drag classics To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, to Crossroads and Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Trixie And Katya Live tells the story of two well-traveled women going out on the road together. Meta? Maybe. An outrageous, absurd, and comedic musical drag show spectacular? Definitely.
The Trixie And Katya Live tour also marks the launch of Obsessed, a new brand from drag promoters, Five Senses Reeling. Obsessed is a new platform to discover where your favorite LGBTQ+ talent, including drag, music, and comedy, are performing, buy exclusive merchandise, watch engaging content, and more.
"It's a thrill to be launching our new brand with one of the most highly anticipated drag tours ever to grace the stage," said Jason Brotman, owner and founder of Five Senses Reeling and Obsessed. "To bring these two drag superstars and viral comedy sensations together live on stage is a dream come true, and we can't wait for fans to experience this live theatrical tour, unlike anything they have ever seen before."
Presale for tickets and upgrade packages begins Wednesday, July 14, at noon. General on sale begins Friday, July 16 at noon.
Trixie And Katya Live 2022 U.S. Tour Dates:
March 15 & 16, 2022 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
March 18 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
March 20 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
March 22 - Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater
March 23 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
March 25 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
March 27 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
March 28 - Chicago, IL - The Auditorium Theatre
March 29 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
March 30 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
April 1 - Washington D.C. - Warner Theatre
April 3 - Boston, MA - The Colonial Theatre
April 4 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
April 5 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met Philadelphia
April 6 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
April 8 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
April 9 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Orlando
April 11 - Houston, TX - Sarofim Hall - Hobby Center
April 12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
April 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel
April 16 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
For complete tour and ticketing information, visit www.trixieandkatya.com/.