Behind the scenes of GAYLETTER Issue 11
An event presented by Nicky Ottav & Blake Deadly featuring Audrey Phoenix, Devo Monique, Elektra Lite, Jax, London Jae Precise, Magenta, Merrie Cherry, Neon Calypso, Suburbia, Vena Cava, Xaina X and Zavaleta at 3 Dollar Bill
The Boulet Brothers, Swanthula and Dracmorda, are the delectably evil hosts of Dragula, a competitive reality show shining a light on the freakish corners of the drag world. As fans of the duo and their show, we had a few questions we were just dying to ask.
How did you become interested in the macabre? Any dark, early memories?
DRACMORDA: We have both been interested in darkness, mystery and magic since we can remember. It’s interesting you ask that, because we recently moved, and I came across a collage I made when I was in school — sort of like a dream board. Our personas today, and Dragula, are literally everything that was on that board. It was a mix of 1950s sci-fi movies, haunted houses, 1930s dark movie starlets, extreme avant garde fashion — I mean it was literally Dragula.
How did you meet, and how did the Boulet Brotherhood begin? Do you have drag mother(s)? Who helped along the way?
DRACMORDA: Well, we don’t really do the drag family thing, so there are no mothers or daughters or thrice-removed cousins to speak of.
SWANTHULA: Much like the mythological story of Athena, who emerged from the forehead of Zeus, fully grown, the Boulet Brothers just appeared as completely realized beings.
Who are the Boulet Brothers separately? Who is Dracmorda and who is Swanthula, before the hair and makeup?
SWANTHULA: I have always felt that the great and powerful Oz’s fatal mistake was allowing anyone to see behind his curtain. …
The event was hosted by the Times Square Edition
The third installment of Met Gayla, presented by Harajuku
Dancing in the Face of Adversity with Young Boy Dancing Group, Richard Kennedy, SPIT! (Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together!), Ryan McNamara, Papi Juice, Bichon, ELSZ, West Dakota, Kia Damon, Sebastian Hernández and many more
Love performed her song SHENIS at the annual festival in Amsterdam
Three spectacular nights of drag at Abrons Arts Center