Introverted by day, dressing in drag helps woman find freedom

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Meet Victoria, a woman who performs as a drag queen named Vicky Deville.

“I never thought I was going to start performing, it kind of just happened," she says. "It naturally progressed into that after going to so many shows and watching all the other queens and feeling inspired. That eventually came a time that I was on the stage,” she says.

By day, she works a 9-to-5 job as a childrenswear clothing designer. But when she comes home, she transforms into amazing characters.

“A lot of times during the day at work, I wear all black all the time. I’m very introverted and quiet. With drag, this whole different side of me comes out where I really embrace my femininity,” Victoria says.

Victoria in the drag world is called a "bio queen," a biological born woman who performs as a drag queen. Some might think it odd for a woman dressing as a woman, as drag is known in the LGBTQ community to be men crossing-dressing as women. But as Victoria explains it, transforming into Vicky Deville gives her power to really embrace being herself.

She says it allows herself to be courageous and get up in front of strangers and for a couple minutes, to be free to say what she wants, do what she wants and make people smile.  

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