A Growing Following
R said Chinese drag in its early years was clumsy and “unpolished”, but that it has quickly come a long way.
“Even more straight crowds are watching drag, liking it and accepting it,” said R, whose bar organizes weekly drag-related events.
Initially inspired by the hit US reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, Yan debuted online last year and already has 140,000 followers on Tik Tok, where he livestreams while dancing, singing, modeling new looks, or talking about being a drag queen.
Yan faced pressure from family and friends at first.
“They finally accepted me and are not worried that I discontinued my studies because they can see the great effort I put into doing drag online and wearing make-up that long,” he said.
Still, Yan, who is gay, is yet to officially come out to his family.
The coronavirus halted drag shows for several months, but even that was a blessing, boosting “Miss Cream’s” online following as people watched to pass the time during extended lockdowns.
But Yan loved performing live and plans to move permanently to a big city like Shanghai in the future.
“When you’re eating a cake, the cream is always on the top,” Yan, said explaining both his stage name and his ambition.
“I also want to be on top.”
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