TWINNYSET TALK SASSINESS AND THE EVOLUTION OF DRAG
Illustration Tales of Black Eyed Jack
Hey Twinnies, tell Sassify a little bit about yourselves:
We are good-time party gals, who bring an inclusive vibe and lashings of LK to every party. Kill 'em with kindness is our M.O. Heralding from the antipodes sometime last century, East London is now home. We like to think of ourselves as the Laverne and Shirley of drag – if only the children knew who these sassy gals were...
How would you define sassiness?
Sassiness is cheeky; witty; pithy (but never cruel); and has got us in, and out, of all sorts of trouble! True Sass is not just verbal. Our Isabella Blow-inspired vagina hats, heart-shaped baboon asses, or legs-for-days Bananas in Pyjamas epitomise our idea of tongue-in-cheek sass.
Who is sassier out of the two of you?
Being twins, not sisters, there is often confusion about which twin is which…until, that is, you notice one of us working the crowd in the spotlight on the bar, tabletop, or upon the shoulders of some muscular youth (Daisy) and the other cultivating unintelligible conversation in the smoking area, bathroom mirror, or shadowy stairwell (Sophie). With all bases covered, we are the ultimate two-for-the-price-of-one meal deal.
Tell us your best sassy story.
Getting up close and personal with Peaches on stage at Milkshake Festival in Amsterdam last year was a masterclass in sass.
How and when did you guys get into drag?
Guys!!?? Ahem? We are ladies! But to answer your question, five years ago a somehow still-cute twink invited us to a club night at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. It was a mismatch made in drag heaven.
How do you come up with your outlandish costumes?
Being crafty queens, we make most of what we wear. A large component of our process is the pleasure of workshopping concepts and bringing the best possible look to fruition. We always draw on the theme of the event or the name of the club night to direct our look. Of course, growing up in the country, where we had to make dolls out of clothes pegs and danced to ABBA with T-shirts on our heads, a vivid imagination developed early on.
Photo credit: Damien Frost
Photo credit: Damien Frost
RuPaul’s Drag Race has made drag a little bit more accessible; do you think it has influenced drag culture in London at all?
RuPaul has certainly raised the profile of drag as an art form to the wider community. What is powerful about what Ru does is that she is constantly educating others about the history of drag and the many varied influences, what she calls ‘Herstory’. We certainly subscribe to the idea of finding influences and inspo from beyond the contemporary. Appropriating from the past absolutely pushes our looks to the unexpected and new.
Where do you see drag culture in 10 years’ time?
Drag has been around for a long, long, long, loooooong time. Longer even than us – and we have a combined age of nearly 300. Drag will outlive us all.
How easy is it to date when you are drag queens?
We are unlucky enough to have been together since well before the inception of The Twinnies, so the rigmarole of dating is something long forgotten...
Do you have any hidden talents?
We're sitting on them.
What can we expect from you guys this year?
Look out for us at Pride in London, where we are hosting the WUT?CLUB Official Pride Party with our fave, Miss Amanda Lepore!