Pissi Myles, who hails from Asbury Park, New Jersey, turned up at the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C., early Wednesday in a blond bouffant wig, sparkling minidress and red stiletto heels.
In a crowd filled with business suits awaiting the testimony of acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent, Myles’ glamorous ― and weather-defying ― ensemble certainly stuck out.
As it turns out, Myles was there on official business — covering the hearings for a new startup app called Happs.
“It’s a crazy day in Washington! I’m flipping my wig over the high-energy proceedings today,” the queen told NBC News. “Tensions are high, and the bar for who’s allowed in the Longworth House is very, very low.”
Some will recognize Myles from her 2017 music video, “Babashook.” The clip paid homage to the Babadook, the top-hatted creature from the 2014 horror film of the same name, and was featured in Billboard and HuffPost, among other news outlets.
Since then, Myles has continued to perform throughout the New York area. In 2018, she appeared at the legendary drag festival Wigstock.
David Ayllon, who is Myles’ husband and business partner, told NBC News that the creators behind Happs first spotted the queen onstage at the Manhattan gay nightspot Barracuda last weekend.
“I do know they were looking for a comedian who could improv on the spot,” he said, “and deliver the news in a fun way.”
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