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Nomi Sparks is a different type of drag queen (photo: courtesy Naomi Bennett)



A woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman
NAOMI BENNETT IS THE REAL LIFE VICTOR/VICTORIA

In the fall of 2004, Naomi Bennett was cast in a cabaret musical. During a photo shoot, for which she was wearing more make-up than normal and a form-fitting Hooters T-shirt, a bystander asked the director if Bennett was, in fact, a man playing the role in drag. Though the show's director wasn't amused, Bennett wondered if she could pull it off - playing a man in drag that is. Aliza Shapiro gave her a shot which led to Bennett, as Nomi Sparks, inclusion with TraniWreck, an all-gender, all-genre, performance/cabaret/variety/show taking place on the first Monday of the month at Jacques. The bisexual Bennett spoke with In Newsweekly recently about breast-binding, the performance art of a good drag show, and about why she'd never make a good drag king.

In Newsweekly (IN): How do you prepare for a performance?

Naomi Bennett (NB): It depends on what I'm doing that night. I try to do things that will make me appear more masculine so it could be that I'm a drag queen. Just putting a mole on my face makes me look more masculine. Sometimes I won't bind my breasts. Sometimes I will. Sometimes I'll use fake boobs and a fake penis. Using fake boobs allows me to take them out. Even when I'm rehearsing, just binding my breasts beforehand changes how I physically feel about myself. And I wear wigs. Even if you have amazing hair, [doing drag] is not the same without the wig.

IN: What are some of your favorite things to do during a performance?

NB: I like "Wig in a Box" from Hedwig because it's a drag queen singing about how she puts on and takes off her drag. I tend to pick songs by men who have voices that sound like they could be females. I haven't done a David Bowie song yet, but I'm planning on it.

IN: There are plenty of wonderful drag queens already. Why not perform as a drag king?

NB: I tried doing that a couple of times, but there was just something not right about it. I can't change my big hips, so it makes performing as a drag king difficult. When I'm performing as a drag queen though, it can appear that I've just stuffed my hip area to create the illusion of a more female-looking body.

IN: You mentioned rehearsing. How do you prepare for a performance?

ANB: I wouldn't be able to do this without practicing. I practice a lot every week, but I also watch a lot of men. Men move differently than women, but then drag queens move differently than men. So I have watched a lot of drag queens and talked to them. But also, what people assume about gender is different for everyone. A lot of people when they first see me assume I'm a man in drag. And I like that. I enjoy playing around with gender roles and the difference between biological and psychological gender. •

For more information about Nomi Sparks, including a schedule of her performances, connect to www.myspace.com/nomisparks.


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