Drag Queen Makeover

Posted on July 27th, 2009 by .

Let it be known: Being Montreal’s Gay Life insider is a fun job. My mission is to search Montreal high and low to find the best of gay life and gay-friendly activities in this city and summarize it all for LGBT travelers. My work has numerous requirements: attend sexy Montreal parties, dine in hip bistros, meet fascinating people and even work the streets of NYC (it was “promotion”… really.) I need to be Internet savvy and create content that will pique your attention.

But nothing in my job description ever said anything about eyeliner.

Yet, last week I found myself sitting backstage at Montreal’s infamous Cabaret Mado getting an Extreme Drag Makeover, and thinking to myself, “Wow, I might have the craziest job in the world.” But despite my initial reservations, when I had those fake eyelashes glued on and that cracked-out Heather Locklear wig, I felt like a vixen.

(Editorial note: next time this vixen might have to shave her armpits.)

The queens at the cabaret were cordial and welcoming, and helped me create a memorable evening. And now with this video, I’ll never have the chance to forget it!

If this doesn’t pique you, I don’t know what will.

(Okay, I could think of a couple of things.)


NB: This is the first installation of a two-part video series that features Cabaret Mado. You should check out the second video (Mado, The Queen of Montreal’s Gay Village) which includes footage of the cabaret, behind the scenes access, and an interview with Mado herself!

In the meantime, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of the video. What did you think of my makeup? Would you have chosen a different hairstyle? How much would you offer me if I were on a street corner?


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