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How Cis Women Are Claiming Their Space In The Drag World

The inspiration for Miss Malice’s drag act, she says, is “lesbian pulp novel covers, 60s B-movie heroines and mid-century working-class femmes”. One of her most popular performances is her take on Drew Barrymore’s character in the 90s teen horror movie Scream. “She dies in the first 10 minutes of the film, but I created a revision that imagines her living and revenging herself against her harasser,” she explains. In another performance, she lip-syncs to Connie Francis’ 1961 single Where the Boys Are, furtively reads a lesbian pulp novel on stage, undergoes a transformation and ends up lip-syncing instead to the Gossip’s Where the Girls Are.

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