Questions for a Queen: Kameron Micheals

Kameron Michaels

Kameron Michaels

Drag and brunch. My two very favorite things. If you can combine the two, you must. That's what happens at Suzy Wong's House of Yum every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-2pm. You eat incredible food (were talking Wasabi Deviled Eggs, Biscuit BLT Sliders and Katsu Chicken & Waffles people), drink mimosas or your favorite specialty cocktail all while drag queens perform during your meal making the experience one you won't soon forget. We're not talking any performance- we're talking up close and personal, dances around the room, interacts with you performance. Come ready to play! My personal favorite is Miss Kamron Michaels. She's my favorite for numerous reasons (her makeup game will make your jaw drop (the one you thought you were contouring right until you see her), her attire makes you rethink your latest purchases and she happens to be my hair stylist (so naturally she wins my heart). She answers a few questions about said brunch below!

How did Kameron get her name? Kameron Michaels got her name after a much needed revamp to my first drag was Arianna St. Claire. HA! I laugh every time I remember it. It was just not me. I wanted an androgynous name and that is why I chose Kameron. I chose the last name Michaels because I thought it sounded strong and there were no other queens in Nashville at the time with that name. I didn't want to be connected or associated with another "family." I wanted to rise myself and be my own individual.

Who makes Kameron’s attire? If you do, how long does each outfit take and where does the inspiration come from? Kameron's attire comes from several outlets. Tory Cossintino Ford has made a lot of my bigger or more intricate pieces in the past. Most recently, my very best friends (literally, my 2 best friends) have followed their passion for costume design and started their own small business. They are making a lot of my new pieces. Outfits can take anywhere from several hours to several days...sometimes weeks if they're elaborate enough. Inspiration comes from EVERYWHERE: runways, celebrities, movies, television, other queens, a stroll through the club wear section of your local girl's boutique...haha EVERYWHERE!

Do you have a go-to song to perform in? If so, why is this your song of choice? I tend to do a lot of top 40's. That does not necessarily mean current top 40's. Let's be honest: You are performing at night in a nightclub. People are drinking, people are there to have fun. When people hear a current popular song they're living for at the moment or when they hear something nostalgic from their childhood...they get up and they move! That's my job as an's not about me, it's about them. I'm just the vessel delivering the good time. When someone is dancing around and singing back to me, I LIVE FOR THAT. Shorter answer? Ariana and Rihanna. Those are always my go-to's.

Kameron’s makeup is on point! How long does it take her to look that good? THANK YOU! That's subjective I suppose. There's always something I hate when I'm finished, but it's never going to be perfect...and that's why I always have room for improvement! If I take my time without having to rush, that is when I am most happy with the result. I like to allow myself a minimum of 2 hours to do everything. I can do it in an hour and a half or less, but I'll be taking shortcuts and that's never the product I want people to see.

You’re a bomb hairstylist- does this help you at all with Kameron’s locks? Oh gosh...I'm given a hard time for not doing more with my wigs. I've just recently started doing a little more with them given it's expected of me haha. I just do hair for most of the week and the last thing I wanna do when I come home at night is go to the gym and then come home and do more hair. I'm making excuses...but I'm getting better!

How did Drag Brunch start for you? Drag Brunch was offered to me when I was working in the DP House Party show which was a weekly show held on Sunday Nights at Play Dance Bar. Literally maybe 3 people will remember this, but I use to host my own talent night way back when at the old Cabaret Episode 2. I've been on a mic, I educate in hair styling talking in front of people...I knew I could handle it. Funny how I completely failed my final exam in speech class senior year because I was so mortified about being up in front of people talking. Now look at me: I put on little outfits and twirl around with a microphone and entertain a restaurant full of people. I LOVE IT.

Where can everyone catch you performing? I don't have a regular schedule right now (that can always change)! I probably perform at least once or twice a month in town and I always try to post in advance to let everyone know. I got really busy with the salon and traveling/teaching for a product company that I had to take a break from working at the bar and make sure that had my full attention. I absolutely love drag, there's nothing else like it, but I love hair just as much. You can catch me twirling sometimes at Suzy Wong's for the amazing Drag'N Brunch and then next door at Play Dance Bar for a packed weekend night with some of the best entertainers in the country!

Favorite Kameron moment thus far? My favorite Kameron moment so far was probably the Nashville Pride Pageant I competed in this past spring. It was the most stressful, crazy, amazing experience ever. I've won another pageant in the past, but it was very last minute. This time I spent the better part of 2 months preparing for the event. Dance rehearsals, costumes, music mixing, it was a lot. And I was gone the last two weekends before the pageant! It all came together so beautifully. I placed 2nd and I can honestly say I was not upset at all. I was ecstatic for days afterwards at how well everything went. You feel like a rock star pulling it all off!

Any embarrassing drag stories? Oh you remember when Madonna's cape pulled her off stage? When Beyonce tumbled down the stairs? The first, second, and third time GaGa took a tumble in her platforms? EVERYONE working on stage knows there is always a chance for an oopsie. An outfit falls apart, you slip, you handle it and you keep going! I'm the hair loser. I lose my hair on stage more than anything. It's happened twice. It's mortifying. You're a man in a dress in a room full of people with a spotlight on you...and your wig falls off. I mean can you imagine? I picked mine up and dusted the floor with it like a mop to the beat of the song last time. I mean, what else are you going to do? Toss it in the air, do the splits on it and get up and perform the hell out of the rest of your song. Shit happens.

Something everyone doesn't know about you? My parents. They were/are always supportive of me. My dad is no longer with us, but even he came once to see my show. They surprised me. He was cool with it but I never thought he would come and see it live in person. Your little boy...dressed up as a sexy girl dancing around stage and taking dollars from people. I can imagine not being a part of the LGBTQ community, seeing that for the first's probably a little weird haha. We talked at the bar after one of my numbers. He looked me up and down and then chuckled a little bit and said, "Well, you're almost as tall as me now." He was referring to my height in heels. I was 5'10" without them. He was 6'6". My mom has always been my biggest fan. Out to my shows, going to gigs with me that I was hired to do outside of the bar...she's there whenever she can be. She's mom to some of my friends that don't have a supportive family. She's mom to a lot of kids at the local Oasis Youth Center where LGBTQ youth can go to feel safe and welcome. That's a fact I want everyone to know about Kameron. My family loves me. My parents loved me. I was never told I had to hide who I was. As long as I wasn't hurting anyone I could do anything I wanted in life. And I'm doing it. <3

You can get your hair game on with Dane (he's Dane by Day, Kameron by Night) by clicking here.



She's one hell of a Make-Up Artist too! Find some of my favorite work of hers below...



World STOP! Carry On...

Photographer Joseph Northcutt

Photographer Joseph Northcutt

At least that's how it would feel if you came untaped in this bad boy. Fashion tape is your friend in deep plunging jumpsuits, let me assure you. Otherwise you're on your own sister and I salute you. I love the neutral color of this particular jumpsuit as you can sauce it up with faux fur (save the animals), make it edgy with a leather/pleather jacket (again depending on your animal stance) or just go solo in warmer weather. I do recommend a highly qualified bathroom buddy because you know, fashion isn't always easy to get in and out of. ;)

She's Gone Country...

It's that time again folks. The show of all shows. The one and only, HotMess Drag Show supporting the Human Rights Campaign and Nashville Cares. Concluding the end of the HotMess kickball season and falling in line with Nashville Pride, this show gets BIGGER and BETTER every single time. Who doesn't appreciate a man who performs better in heels than most women? I'm just sayin'...

The theme of this year's show was country-based with a Real Housewives twist. And honey, the girls delivered! Curious about the day-of preparations and back-stage happenings? Read the interview below from a seasoned vet of the show, Miss Kennedy Ann Scott. 

How long does it take you to prepare an outfit for a performance?

It really depends on the song choices I do and the time I have to prepare for a performance. Normally, it will take me a week to either find an outfit or create an outfit. If I am in a big time crunch I can put something together in about a day. 

What is the worst part of being a girl for a few hours?

Cinching my waist. I tend to wear a corset, and 3 body shapers. To say the least, it's tight! Beauty is pain. It's also tough to be a southern belle. Watching those P's and Q's! Wink wink. It's really not that bad, just gets a bit warm in the summer time....  

What songs did you perform for this show and why? 

I preformed "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. I like her as an artist, I like and do a lot of her songs! I also enjoy being a blonde bombshell! I also got to open with my best Gal Pals and close the show! 

What was your favorite moment of the show?

My favorite memory from this past show was being able to welcome and open the show. Get everyone warmed up! I really like to make people laugh and feel good! I always enjoy doing this show with my best gals! It makes it better when you get to entertain with your family! 

Any drag horror stories you care to share?

Well, my horror story in drag would be from my first time preforming in Nashville, it was the HotMess Charity Show. I was about to go on stage and I felt my girdle snap, then my tucking tape shifted. When I went out on stage into a sexy move my left ball popped out and the crowd lost it. Luckily, they were shaved and cute! Needless to say we raised some money!! Haha!  You just have to laugh those moments off! 

What does the day-of a show look like for you?

The day of a show I am laying out all my things, outfits, pads, body shapers, accessories, makeup. I send out a Facebook message to inform people, I advertise a lot because I really know people will love coming! I guess I annoy them until they come! Ms. Kennedy tries to get what she wants- an audience! Ha! I may run a last minute errand, if I don't like something. Showering, shaving, then beating the face!   

Any pre-show rituals?

I have to pace back and forth, while saying 3 Hail Mary's it's my Catholic background. I have pre-show anxiety. Once I hit the stage that's all gone! 

Best memory in drag?

My best memory in drag would have to be, when I was asked to host Framily Feud for the Lipstick Lounge here in Nashville! I really felt like I had made a name for Kennedy Ann Scott! I am truly honored to have my own show! It's always exciting and fun! I love to entertain and interact with people! 

Where can everyone catch this Framily Feud performance?

Every Wednesday from 7-9pm at The Lipstick Lounge in East Nashville I host Framily Feud. We play like the TV show Family Feud except it's live and hosted by a queen! I send questions to the owner of Lipstick and she then sends them out to a panel. I get the answers and plug them into the game board program and then it's show time! It's a great time and NEVER boring! Come join us!!!

Let's get Nasty....

When the opportunity presents itself to road trip and shop, one must do such things. There is no sale more worth the drive than Nasty Gal's warehouse sale. Thousands of items discounted up to 90% off. I repeat, 90% off. 5 days of shopping with new items added daily.  I'm pretty sure this is what Heaven on Earth feels like. We're talking $25 faux fur coats, $30 Jeffrey Campbell shoes and $5 accessories.  I'll happily drive to Kentucky in 20 degree weather any day for this. Give yourself plenty of time- there are aisles of shoes, rows of bins and more racks than you can count to go through. This is one sale you don't want to miss....

My current crush: COLOR.

Spring has officially sprung into full effect, and that means it’s time to brighten up that post winter complexion with a pop of color and some sultry skin enhancing nudes. If you’re like me, you love to have a wide variety of lipstick choices, so there is nothing better than finding a perfect shade for that perfect price. Here is a list of my top 10 lipsticks for spring 2015!

Bright and Berry.

These colors are a staple for this spring. Hues of magenta really make the lips pop. Perfect for you gals who want to make a statement and draw attention to the face. Top picks for this look: Too Faced longwear lipstick in Melted Berry, NXY Soft Matte Cream in Prague. Added bonus, these last all day or night.

Fire Engine Red. 

Who doesn’t want to be the lady in red? Pale, olive, pink or beige undertones, this color will work for all skin types. It instantly draws attention to the face and brightens, it brings elegance and glam to a simple black dress or the perfect pick me up to that jean t-shirt and a pair of flats. Can we say Casual sophistication? My favorites  MAC Ruby Woo, a perfect matte that lasts all night, and Revlon Fire and Ice, a completely wearable red for all skin types.

Coral Crush.

A perfect color for all you brunettes and blondes that are not quite ready to venture into the “red” shades, but still want that pop of color to brighten up your complexion and at $6 a tube you can feel great about testing out this shade.  Rimmel Moister renew in Coral Garden, Kate Moss Lasting Finish in #12

Nude Attitude.

Shimmery nude pinks are a great every day color for spring. They won’t overpower a pale complexion-perfect for red heads!  Create a soft, balanced look perfectly paired with a smokey eye for that night out or special occasion. My personal favorites include Rimmel lasting finish in Airy Fairy, NXY black label in Nude

Gloss is Boss.

Who doesn’t like a silky dewy gloss that actually stays put and gives you a fresh, flirty look? I love Rimmel Showoff lip lacquer in Aurora, and Smashbox lip gloss in Pout.


Best face foward,