In the words of the legendary Ru Paul – “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else.” Australia’s leading home of entertainment, The Star, lives and breathes this ethos, welcoming guests from all walks of life – tucked or untucked.
Here, we chat to Drag Race Down Under Queens about their recent shows at The Star, and look at what’s next in store.
“We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.”
The Star, a place where creativity is encouraged and boldness is embraced, recently welcomed superstar Queens and former Drag Race Down Under contestants, Art Simone, Anita Wigl’it and Carla from Bankstown to perform a spectacular one-off drag performance at The Star Sydney and The Star Gold Coast.
To celebrate inclusiveness, individuality, and of course, song, dance and fabulous looks, Sydney’s iconic music venue Marquee and The Star Gold Coast’s luxe Atrium Bar underwent a ‘Slaytrium’ makeover fit for a queen, transforming into a Supercharged Drag Spectacular for the soiree.
Guests in Sydney got front row seats to a Lip Sync Eleganza Extravaganza as Melbourne’s own Art Simone went wig-to-wig with Auckland’s Anita Wigl’it in her first Sydney performance since Season 1, with surprise performances from other fan favourites, too.
Of the show, Art said, “It was such a treat to Ru-unite with my season one sister for the Supercharged Drag Brunch at Marquee at The Star. What a fun day filled with talented drag artists and a room packed with people that support them!”
Anita added “It was so heavenly to be reunited with Art after a year apart and to celebrate a whole new year of drag spectacular-ness with local superstars.”
Over to The Gold Coast and Carla from Bankstown added some razzle dazzle to the usual Saturday afternoon at Atrium Bar making a star appearance and show accompanied by a line up of frivolously fabulous displays from a host of her local drag friends.
Carla praised the event saying she felt like the “Real Housewives of Broadbeach” and thanking the team at Atrium Bar for “hosting such an amazing event that puts a spotlight on just how fun drag can be”. She’s already looking forward to her next visit.
As well as performances, fans of the Queens at both events also got treated to a glow up station courtesy of the M.A.C. glam squad to get glitterfied. The more extra, the better.
While the Queens strutted and sashayed across the room, revellers were invited to indulge in a decadent grazing style menu including all-you-can-eat antipasto, delicious beef sliders and divine mini panna cottas (covered in 100s and 1000s, of course). Plus, they enjoyed a complimentary colourful cocktail on arrival to get the party started, and a two-hour beverage package featuring non-stop sparkling, wines and premium beer.
The Star’s is absolutely committed to making sure everyone – guests and staff – feel welcome as soon as they walk through the doors – no matter their gender, race, age, or size, if they prefer sequins over tulle.
So much so, The Star was named a silver employer in the 2021 Australian Workplace Equality Index, a testament to the strides the group has taken towards making the entertainment destination a safe, inclusive, and supportive workplace for all.
In exciting news, the Supercharged Drag Spectacular is just the start of Drag at The Star, and the best is yet to come.
Watch this space – and be sure to bring your sass