Last week, drag performer Walter Latimer aka Florida Man went viral as she slayed Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman as the fabulously spooky Lady Voldemort. We caught up with the internet sensation to discuss her new-found internet fame and more!
If you could sum up your drag in one sentence, what would it be?
Florida Man is a drag storyteller who values dark humour and larger than life productions.
How long have you been a drag artist?
I started doing drag in April of 2017, so it’s been about a year and a half.
What was it like having your performance blow up online the way it did?
It’s surreal. Blowing up like that is literally every performer’s dream, but you can never really bank on something like that to happen. I feel incredibly lucky.
Was that your first time doing that performance?
I’d previously performed a different number as Lady Voldemort a few months back for a Harry Potter themed drag show I organized. The character resonated well there, so I decided I wanted to continue exploring new material for Lady Voldemort.
As for this particular performance, yes- that was the first time I’d ever done it!
How long does it take to become Lady Voldemort?
From start to finish- the makeup, the hip pads, and the inevitable 30 minutes I stare at myself in the mirror questioning the universe- it takes about 2.5 hours.
Do you have any favourite drag artists?
Half of the comments on YouTube already compare me to her anyway, but Sasha Velour is definitely an all-time fave along with Disasterina and Abhora.
I’m also just a superfan of drag in general, though, so I have so many more faves that don’t necessarily match my “style” of drag. It’s hard to choose, I love them all!
Who is your greatest influence, and why?
I’ve always said it’s Rylan Clark. On the surface, he is harmless and campy, but he’s actually so smart with everything he does. And now that I’ve gone viral, I feel even more affinity with him. I can’t wait to get a new set of teeth.
A lot of your drag is inspired by tv and film with a dark twist, can we look forward to more of this in the future?
Absolutely, but not just TV and film – pop culture in general. My favorite thing to do it mashup absurd references to tell stories you weren’t expecting to hear.
I’m riding my 15 minutes of Lady Voldemort fame for now, but I can’t wait to show the world more of what I can do!
What are your opinions on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
I mean, I love it. I have been a fan of the show far longer than I’ve actually done drag. Do I think I’m the best fit for that format? Probably not. Do I have issues with some of the positions the show and RuPaul have taken? Totally! But it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s one of my favourite shows on television and I quote it daily.
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