tucked Although technically he’s dressed up in drag for three years it was only recently that Dayle took to the runway and strutted his stuff in his very first performance. He says with a laugh that at the time he thought it was shockingly bad but after watching it back on YouTube he’s eager to perform more. He told me: “I’ve wanted to start getting a proper act together for ages but I don’t really know how to get into it so I’ve asked some other drag queens for advice. They told me if I get an act together and find a space for it somewhere then I can just build up a reputation.” So we know that Dayle’s determined to take his drag to the next level, but why does he and thousands of others keep on putting on the slap? In Dayle’s eyes its one important word. Confidence. “I talk to people a lot easier, make jokes and stuff like that,” he says. Belladonna is still Dayle’s personality but with a generous ladling of extra self-confidence. As a boy Dayle is somewhat the black sheep of the gay community. Favouring a more alternative style than a lot of gay men, he doesn’t fit the stereotypical mould but it’s not like he isn’t short of attention. But when he’s in drag he gets a lot more and he can’t get enough. “I like the praise I get,” he says. “It’s quite nice to know that you’re doing something right and that people enjoy it.” It’s not just the constant admirers that Dayle enjoys about drag, he’s also made a ton of new friends. But some he thinks would have been wary to get to know him if they’d first met him when he was out of drag. “I’ve met so many awesome people that I know would talk to me out of drag now, but they might have thought beforehand that I looked quite intimidating out of drag. When you’re in drag people talk to you first and compliment you on your hair or makeup or your outfit,” he says. But even in drag Dayle likes to push the boundaries of typical drag. His appearance doesn’t scream glamour in the conventional sense but it sure grabs your attention. “My general look is very trashy chic because I don’t care if my tights have rips in, I like looking like a rock chick,” he revealed. He arrived to our photo-shoot painted for the gods with an eye-catching wig teased to perfection but he explained that when it comes to his outfits less is definitely best! “My skirts are all really short and I wear a lot of crop tops. People know it’s me when they see me. I’d be so easy to buy for if I was a girl!,” he added. Well at least we know what to buy him for his birthday now. We know that making it in the drag world isn’t an easy feat but the unanimous opinion here at Tucked is that we won’t be surprised to see Dayle make it big. The buzz of a RuPaul’s Drag Race UK happening is becoming more deafening by the day and we think this queen should be standing on that podium.
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