Passion: Pizza, drag, beauty
Favorite song: Countdown- Beyoncé
Hidden gem: Central Park
Angry tweet: “Taxi drivers who are made up largely of immigrants but still are racists- Get your shit together and treat everybody equally.”
«Glamorous, sexual and funny.»
James describes Honey Davenport. His drag name.
«I fall on a gender neutral line. Sometimes I feel like a woman. Sometimes I feel like a dude. I like my life as both. Gender is only a social construct that I don’t need to follow»
«You use yourself as a template for your art. I have taken on a very glamorous path. I grew up in a household with five beautiful women. So it has inspired me. Sex is so beautiful and something I like to share with other people. In the last year I also tapped into my comedy a lot more. I’ve always been a sassy boy, but it hasn’t been channeled through my drag before now.»
“I remember seeing all the lights on Times Square. That was the moment I knew this would be home.»
You might wonder if the life of a drag is all glitz and glam. Let’s tap into that for a second.
«When I’m not in drag I’m normally sleeping, watching TV or eating pizza. I cook every day as well. I wear a pajamas or sweatpants when I get home»
Pretty chill. We got that covered. Now, let’s explore her world.
(and watch the video interview further down)
The Abnormal Life Takes Extraordinary Work
James started his career after touring the world as a dancer with a drag named Peppermint. In need of money to go shop amok, James decided to put up his own show. Together with his brother back then.
«We weren’t necessarily comfortable with drags, so we tip toed on the line of it. My brother decided to leave it after some shows, but I was really into it. It kept on evolving into what I am today.»
«When I first started in my early 20’s I thought it was all about going to clubs, getting wasted and meeting cute boys that I normally wouldn’t be able to sleep with if I didn’t have a wig»
“Girl, it’s the ride of your life, but if you don’t have your shit together you will fall off this roller coaster and die.”
With time, she learned that the cute boys are still accessible, but being a great performer takes more than a shot of tequila.
«To be a good queen you have to work hard. To be a successful queen you have to be a go-getter, a smart business person, be together within yourself. If you don’t know yourself before you take on this persona, your insecurities will definitely creep out into your art.»
Hard work pays off. Performing 6 nights a week for several years has resulted in multiple awards and a name many New Yorkers recognize.
«We’re not expected to have a normal life. If you wanna build a brand, it’s never gonna be normal. I don’t wanna be ordinary, so it takes extraordinary work»
Falling In Love At 13
«When I was 13 years old I fell in love with NYC. I won two tickets for a Broadway show because I sold the most cookie dove at a fundraiser event. My mom took me to New York to see the show, and I remember seeing all the lights on Times Square. That was the moment I knew this would be home.»
«I moved here at 17, and I would go and walk in Times Square just to remind myself how lucky I am and how awesome it is to be living here»
«Sometimes now at 5 am after I leave the club I go through Times Square and it’s empty. All of the lights are still on and all the energy and glamour is still there. There’s something beautiful in all the craziness. I’ve always been in love with that area. Even today.»
I can feel his love. He gets emotional going back to 13. The day and place that changed his life. To me, it seems like Honey and James have found their true self in the city. With a dash of help from the sisterhood that apparently deserve a better reputation.
“To be a good queen you have to work hard. To be a successful queen you have to be a go-getter, a smart business person, be together within yourself.”
«The portrait that has been painted on drags in this city highlight cattiness amongst queens. It doesn’t show the sisterhood. That we are a family for each other. Most shows are talking shit about each other, but there is so much love. We’ve always been an active well spoken voice for human rights and not always rewarded for it.»
A Break From The City Slaps
At times this girl is crowdsurfing (FYI: So far never got dropped to the floor). Entertaining and crowd pleasing is the only goal in every performance.
«We give you a couple of hours of buffoonery and bliss in the middle of the storm in this city. That is our service. To give you a break when NYC slaps you in the face every day.»
Every New Yorker needs that break from time to time. When I ask James to describe New York i his Honey persona, it has a bit of that same face slap vibe..
«Girl, it’s the ride of your life, but if you don’t have your shit together you will fall off this roller coaster and die. There’s always a up and a down. It’s like a rush of emotions every fucking day. You can go from happy to pissed to happy to sad. It can be rewarding at times and draining at others, but if you don’t have a good sense of yourself dealing with this concrete jungle it will devour you. It will create who you are and that can be really dangerous»
I truly find you inspiring James. Work that twerking and enjoy the pizza!
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