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REAL LIFE: How this Aussie drag queen is spreading joy one song at a time

Take 5’s Mitchell Jordan puts the hard questions to Prada Clutch from Sydney Drag Queen.

By Mitchell Jordan
Q: Clever names are so important for drag queens – how did you come up with yours?
A: I was trying to think of something sophisticated, not trashy and derogatory.
I went with Prada because it's classy and I'm Italian. I was trying to think of the second name: Prada Duffle Bag didn't really work so I came up with Prada Clutch, although people occasionally call me Prada Crotch!
I tell them: "It's Prada as in the brand and Clutch as in I like to ride one when I'm driving stick!"
Q: Why do people love drag queens so much?
A: We're a living extension of what people want to be: we're fearless, glamorous and exciting, and we speak for the people.
Q: How long does it take you to do your make-up?
A: I'm in drag six nights a week and I can't stand sitting there for hours on end, so I'm generally a one-hour kind of girl, but I allow myself two as a buffer.
If I had to, though, I could do it in 20 minutes.
"We're a living extension of what people want to be: we're fearless, glamorous and exciting, and we speak for the people." (Image: supplied)
Q: Have shows like RuPaul's Drag Race changed people's opinions on drag?
A: When I started, drag was quite forbidden.
Back then people would ask me questions like: "Do you live like this during the day?", "Are your tits real?" and "What's between your legs?"
Now, RuPaul has brought drag into everyone's houses and people want to know a drag queen.
I wish RuPaul was around when I was a young boy – I had no idea what a drag queen even was until I was 18.
Q: Does being a drag queen make it harder for you to find a lover?
A: Years ago, it was very hard but today everyone wants to date a drag queen.
Back when I was starting out, a lot of people wanted to date you just so you could help them with drag.
There were no YouTube make-up tutorials then!
Performing all over the globe. (Image: supplied)
Q: What's the most memorable encounter you've had with an audience member?
A: My show travels to a lot of rural towns and one of the men in the audience really thought I was a woman.
I dropped my voice and said: "G'day mate" and he nearly fell over!
Afterwards, he wanted his photo taken with me – he was fascinated by the whole thing!
Q: What's been the most touching part of your job?
A: I performed at a woman's 80th birthday and kept in touch with her.
When she fell over, broke her hip and ended up in hospital, I went to see her in full drag.
She introduced me to everyone there as her friend, Prada.
Another time, I was at a pub in Western Sydney when a woman came up to me in tears and explained that her son was dying of cancer, and her husband was battling illness but for the two hours of my show, she was able to have fun.
That's why I do drag – to take people away from whatever's happening in their lives and let them enjoy themselves.

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