Aboriginal drag queen from St Helens Park proud to represent community

Fabulous, fierce and flashy – Felicia Foxx is all of these things and more.

And now, the St Helens Park resident is about to become one of the first Aboriginal drag queens to take part in the annual Broken Heel festival.

The three-day event, inspired by the hugely popular Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, takes place in Broken Hill and is a celebration of the nation’s most extravagant drag queens.

Tomorrow will mark Ms Foxx’s first foray into the exciting festivities.

Being involved in the festival fills her with pride and excitement.

“I am so proud to represent both my Aboriginal and LGBT+ communities,” the 18-year-old said.

“If I had seen someone like me a few years ago when I was struggling with my identity it would have made such a difference.

“It feels me with so much pride and positivity to have this platform and inspire other people like me.”

Ms Foxx has been performing in drag since she was 15 and “sneaking into clubs underage”.

The former Airds High School and Briar Road Public School student, who is currently transitioning to become a woman, said dressing in drag enabled her to feel comfortable in her own skin for the first time.

“Growing up, I never really felt like I fit in – I didn’t ever feel like part of my community,” she said.

“But when I got home and would dress up in my sister’s clothes and heels I felt exactly like myself.

“I was my best, most authentic self.

“To figure that out and find myself through drag was so good.”

Ms Foxx said her new persona wasn’t immediately embraced by family and friends – “it’s still not so for some family members” – but she loves who she is now.

“I am who I want to be,” she said.

“Being accepted and celebrated by this community is overwhelming.

“I didn’t ever think I would have this opportunity.”

“I want to let other people know that they are unique and deserve to do what is right: being exactly who they are.”

Ms Foxx said several well-known drag queens served as inspiration for her own blossoming in the industry.

She was particularly shocked and moved to see Philmah Bocks and Art Simone appear in an AAMI television advertisement .

“What they do just blows me over,” she said.

Ms Foxx has been steadily building up her drag portfolio over the past few years.

She has performed at clubs, parties and other events, and also led the First Nations float at this year’s Mardi Gras festival.

“When I found out I was walking in Mardi Gras I knew I had to have the most amazing gown,” she said.

“So I met with Paula Jane, who is a designer from Camden, and we talked about what I wanted over coffee.

“As soon as I said I wanted to incorporate my Aboriginal culture into the gown she said, ‘I know what we need to do’, and that was that.

“The gown is just incredible, I’m so proud to wear it and represent both my Aboriginality and sexuality.”

Ms Foxx’s Broken Heel journey kicks off tomorrow ahead of the festival from Friday to Sunday.

She will be up at 2am to glam up for the event.

For more information on the festival, visit bhfestival.com.

Find out more about Felicia Foxx at her Facebook page.