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Bec Steighner Focuses on Details

THE MIXER | EDITORIAL

BUSHWIG 2021:

BEC FOCUSES ON DETAILS

Bushwig was an amazing event to witness and experience. I really enjoyed watching everyone’s performances. As someone who has danced for many years of my life, a passion that later translated into drag performances, I know how difficult it is to command a crowd. When the performer can do that successfully, magic happens. The moments when the crowd and performer were in sync were my favorites of the weekend.

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Bec Steighner

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Bushwig 2019: Portraits And Performances With Slayyyter, Aja, Florida Maniac And More

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Bushwig 2019: Portraits And Performances

Bushwig festival has celebrated eight years! This was only our second year even knowing about it. Kind of sucks, because we’ve missed so many years of awesomeness. 

It was first started in 2012 by two local drag queens- Horrorchata and Babe Trust. Now, it has gone international. Berlin is the other hosting city at the moment. We are sure it will only keep growing.

There were many incredible performers this year. Lady BunnySlayyyter, Nina West, Scarlet Envy and Tammie Brown– just to name a few. One of the best things that happened this year was Serena Tea’s performance. She transformed into a human from a car on stage. An amazing homage to Bumblebee from the “Transformers” movie franchise.

Another notable moment of the night was Serena Tea’s crowning as the new Mx. Bushwig. Two previously reigning queens Charlene and Juku oversaw the ceremony. To sum it up, we can’t wait for the next year’s Bushwig festival already. Furthermore, we can’t wait to attend it in Berlin.

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A Day In The Life Of Geena Rocero

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A Day In The Life Of Geena Rocero

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We spent some time with Geena Rocero, the first Asian Pacific Islander transgender Playmate. Find out what it’s like to be in her entourage for a day.

After I “Ran Into” Geena Rocero at the Bubble T party at Elsewhere club in Brooklyn, I wrote a small article for Sidewalkkilla congratulating her on her groundbreaking feat as the first transgender Asian Pacific Islander Playmate. She sent me a DM asking if I could come and take photos at her second celebratory event at No Bar at The Standard East. I said “Fuck yeah” and a few days later found myself in her hotel room being all in her face with my camera while she was getting her hair and makeup done for the event. Funny enough, I ended up recognizing half of the people present in the room from all of the events and parties I’ve attended over the past year. I felt right at home with all the familiar faces from the queer scene, and gave Geena a mental high-five for surrounding herself with talent from our community.

We all had a bit of a kiki listening to her stories about being scared to death by howler monkeys during her Playboy shoot in Costa Rica, and her full-circle moment after seeing Caroline “Tula” Cossey on the cover of Playboy in 1991 and telling her drag mother that she wanted to be just like her, only to follow in her icon’s footsteps 28 years later.

She mentioned that she was living in fear of being outed while her modeling career was taking off and, at a certain point, ended up breaking out in terrible eczema, but after deciding to publicly come out as transgender during her TED Talk, the rashes went away almost immediately. Playboy approached her via DM, and I couldn’t help but reflect on how we both received an amazing opportunity through the same medium: her from Playboy, and me from her. If you can’t call that a full circle, at least you could call that an opportunity chain.

After popping a bottle of bubbly, we all headed downstairs and got carried away by a beautiful night hosted by Tyler Ashley, The Dauphine of Bushwick. Then after several “Geena Coladas,” hundreds of photo-ops, three and four outfit changes for Geena and Tyler respectively, two performances by Tyler, and one performance by Geena of “How Far I’ll Go” from the film Moana, the night ended with a group of us running to Geena’s favorite Filipino restaurant Jeepney to stuff our faces before they closed. Geena has goddess status there, since one of the drinks on the menu is named after her and that’s where she hosted her first celebratory party, where one of her Playboy photos was unveiled as a mural on one of the restaurant’s walls.

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