My favourite things in life are performing, entertaining people and just making sure everyone is having a good day. Regardless of whether I know them or they are just a random person in the street. Just going up and saying “hello, how’s your day going?” I think this can make a huge difference to people.

I’m intrigued to meet new people from all walks of life.

I am in Canberra today because I live here, well I live in Queanbeyan to be precise. We have come to Fair Day today to promote our business Canberra Winery Tours. It is just starting to get off the ground and was founded by my co-worker Caroline. She came up with the idea of doing wine tours around Canberra and I put it to her—why not the gay community? She took it and ran with it. Even though it was our idea together, it has been Caroline who has pushed it along with plenty of girl power.

Being a woman means being empowered. Women are strong, forthcoming, determined, but they do it in their own way. They are very mentally strong, but are underestimated. Growing up I had a lot of women around me who taught me the values of women, which I hold very dear to my feminist heart. I have a lot of pride and respect for women.

The best thing about being a woman in Canberra is that even though I get underestimated for portraying a feminine version, this allows me to educate people on what I do. I occasionally get people asking me if I want the “full change”. I let them know that I love being who I am and I also love being able to entertain. I take everything off at the end of the day and I am who I am—I am still who I was originally born as. I do this because I love to entertain. I am a make-up artist as well, so I get to experiment on myself. I like being who I am. I believe in the equal rights of all people.

It is a little bit difficult to maintain your health and wellbeing in Canberra, because we have such good accessibility to fast food, which can make it hard to stay on track. Magazines featuring size two women do not make me feel good as a plus size drag queen either. It is hard, but you eventually learn that you can’t simply throw up everything you have eaten to achieve thinness. I want to have my bag of chips and perform as well; and if that means that I have to suck it in, then I suck it in! It can be tough to fit a mould that everyone else expects. I try to escape that and be the mould I want to be. At the end of the day you have to be happy with yourself, you have to be empowered by yourself and other women, and have the strength to say I am me and I am happy to be me.

I love Canberra though. I did move to Sydney for a short amount of time and while I was there I found a new appreciation for Canberra. I am very glad to be back and living in my hometown. I know people here, and it is easy to get around. I love Canberra and I’m not afraid to say it anymore!

The perfect day in Canberra is not too hot, not too cold, preferably leaning towards winter. I would love a typical Canberra winter wonderland with a spring edge to it and just not have a care in the world. Not have to worry about what I have to do that day or what I need to cook for dinner. I would like to just be.


Image created by Nicole Zimmermann