The new British drag docu-series ‘Drag Queens of London’ features some of London’s most well-known drag queens. In part seven of our exclusive Q&A series with the queens of the show, we get to know The Very Miss Dusty O a little better as she spills the tee about herself and the show.
Meet The Very Miss Dusty O – ‘Drag Queens of London’
About ‘The Very Miss Dusty O’:
Drag name: The Very Miss Dusty O
Current Location: London
Birthday: 6 July 1966
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Dragaholic: Why did you decide to use the name “The Very Miss Dusty O”?
The Very Miss Duty O: My drag name was given to me by bullies at school as I loved Dusty Springfield. At the time they were all in to Duran Duran but I loved 60’s music and they started calling it me because of that. The “O” was added later by myself. I have never really liked it much but it stuck.
D: How many years have you been doing drag?
TVMDO: I have been wearing make up and looking androgynous since I was 15, but full on drag began in the very early 90’s at the kinky gerlinky club nights.
D: Who inspired you to do drag?
TVMDO: I grew up in the 80’s so fashion and music was a lot more mixed up then. I have been friends with Boy George for 25 years and he had a lot to do with encouraging me to do what I wanted visually.
D: How competitive are you?
TVMDO: I am not competitive at all. I believe in doing what you want and not letting other people’s opinions or what they are doing interfere in it. The only person I am competitive with is myself as I try and better myself.
D: What are you strongest at in drag: makeup, hair, costume, performance or all of the above?
TVMDO: I think my make up is pretty good. I am high maintenance and it takes a lot of time but I am happy with the result.
D: What is your personality like out of drag?
TVMDO: Pretty similar. I do not pretend to be anything I am not.
D: How long does it take you to get in drag… from start to finish?
TVMDO: Minimum 3 hours to do it to the standard I like.
D: Which celebrity/entertainer inspires you?
TVMDO: Most of them are dead. I love Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and British comedians like Tommy cooper and Les Dawson.
D: Who is your favorite queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race?
TVMDO: I don’t watch it. It does not feature in my life really. I have enough inspiration and entertainment from my British compatriots.
D: If you had to choose three adjectives to describe your drag persona, what would they be?
TVMDO: Slick, polished, approachable
D: Do you design and produce your own outfits and costumes?
TVMDO: Most of my outfits are Westwood or vintage.
D: What can people expect to see from you on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
TVMDO: Reality. I did not fake a thing, either opinion or personality.
D: Which queen did you enjoy working with the most on the ‘Drag Queens of London’?
TVMDO: Lady Lloyd and I have a long friendship so it has to be her. She is the best thing about the whole programme and I adore her. Also Munroe, as I admire her calm and sensible attitude to her situation.
D: Thank you so much for your time today. Is there anything you’d like to add before we go?
TVMDO: Trannyshack is every Wednesday at Madame JoJo’s (in Soho, London). I have run it for 10 fabulous years and it is stronger now than ever. I am hugely proud of my baby.
The first episode of ‘Drag Queens of London’ debuted on Tuesday, April 22 on London Live! (Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and YouView 8).