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Meet Maxi Glamour

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maxi Glamour.

Hi Maxi, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
As an ADHD child, it was hard to contain the rambunctiousness of a little polka demon. Always a bit of a weirdo and kind of an outcast, I was always left to my own devices. This manifested in me diving deep into as many art forms as possible to keep out of trouble and feed my imagination. By 14, I was convinced I wanted to be in rock bands and created this alternate ego, Maxi Glamour, to permit me to express myself freely. This became an online personality and a name that I’d use at events to introduce to people.

By 16, I was so into the music scene locally that I was at concerts several times a week and would follow bands all over the midwest. It was then that I knew I wanted to produce events and play an integral part in the local nightlife scene. I would book bands and have wild punk and electro parties in basements to create a world of extravagant indulgence and a place where we freaks could express ourselves freely. By 18, after years of dressing up in over-the-top costumes and wild makeup, I found myself at a drag show where I felt at home. I was invited to compete at an upcoming show… I did and lost but kept competing month after month. During this time, I was so involved in the nightlife scene I was out at a different club every night, partying all day and all night, only taking a break to create and get dressed in haphazard costumes. By 19, I was ready for a change and left St. Louis to study fashion design in San Francisco. The nightlife scene in San Francisco as a 19-year-old was a beautiful jungle where I got lost. After getting lost, I found myself back in St. Louis, where I put more work into being a Drag Performer and refining my craft. After that, I worked at STL-Style House on Cherokee Street, where I designed and sold St. Louis themed attire and accessories. For six years, it really made me focus locally on St. Louis and my love for the city grew. It was during this time that I really got into learning about the history and help develop a brighter future for the city.

In 2019, my love for the city of St. Louis was put on international display when I became the first drag performer from St. Louis to be on an international drag television show with Boulet Brothers Dragula. It was a thrilling experience of maniacal proportion. After reaching international recognition, I was in a place of privilege with a bigger platform. I figured it’d be necessary to use that platform to help the city that I love. Since then, I’ve simultaneously been a full-time artist and a community organizer helping fight for intersectional liberation for Queer people in St. Louis.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Omg, the road has been bumpy. Turning to party as a form of escapism to deviate from the trauma of being a Black Queer gender-nonconforming human itself was an obstacle. Growing up in the nightlife scene, you see so many people waste away and pass. You see so many people struggling to find hope with nothing to your own name, putting you in no place to help them. I’ve personally dealt with living out of my car, partying with people so I could have somewhere to crash for the night.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I do so many different pieces of work. Right now, I’m focused on creating audiovisual experiences. Where I create elaborate costumes and dance to music that I’ve created with projection maps and my iconic blue face. I feel I’m really known for that Blue face and big ears that I have. They’re pretty recognizable.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I’ve really found out about job stability as an artist. Covid really made me grateful for any gig that I get as an artist because you never know when they all will just dry up. It told me to have a safety net… and really, it taught me about capacity. Sometimes you don’t have the capacity for things and you need to recharge so you don’t face burnout.

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