How did you get into drag?
My sister (face beat architect, SwitlStylist) and I have been deeply intrigued by the drag queen culture, popularized by Rupaul’s Drag Race. So when LeGrandBall (a JHB based movement that celebrates ball culture) hosted their first event in 2019, we knew the moment had arrived to explore this phenomenon. And it was that night, that I got to walk the runway, and my long and forgotten love for performing was reignited. It felt like a rebirth; a baptism by fire and there was no turning back. I’ve had this insatiable desire to be a drag queen superstar since then.
As a drag performer, I get to define who I want to be in the world and there’s a certain power that comes with that. I get to boldly express my desires without any fear. Being an entertainer in any capacity is where I feel my most impassioned.
Are There Drag Kings?
The drag culture was popularized by gay men but drag is not exclusive to one gender only. It’s a subculture that can be celebrated and experienced by anyone. Drag kings do exist and it’s where women would dress up to be caricatures of men. It’s seldom seen, but they do exist.
Is there a difference between you and your drag persona?
Drag seems to amplify who you innately are. So the difference would be that drag is the supersaiyan version of me on a grander and much more glamorous scale. The main differences would be that in drag, I feel beautiful, unstoppable and fearless.
What do you wish more people knew about drag?
I wish more people understood that drag has nothing to do with gender, sexuality, and identity. It’s a subculture – like biker boys; skhotane’s; drag racers – it’s all about expression and creating this fantasy for yourself.
Are there diversity issues within the drag community?
There is generally a lack of drag queens of color in the community. In JHB, spaces for drag queens are very limited and predominantly found in “white” areas and there isn’t much accessibility outside the northern suburbs.
How does it feel to be able to openly be a drag queen with people supporting your decision?
My sister (SwirlStylist) does a really great job with the makeup transformation and although Samantha Coxx has been more visible online due to the pandemic, the love and support felt have only encouraged me to keep doing more. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by people that support this artistry and that allows me to explore it however I see fit.
What does being a drag queen allow you to do or express when you are performing that you normally wouldn’t do?
Ultimately, the sole purpose of drag is to entertain. Samantha Coxx is an alter ego I’ve always had – she’s a beautiful, glamorous, international supermodel. She’s the embodiment of how I’d like to be in the world; fearless, confident, sexy. An international mega sensation. Through Samantha Coxx, I get to access parts of myself I truly wish to have outside of drag. It’s therapeutic.
Do you feel refreshed or much happier when you have the opportunity to express either the feminine/masculine side of yourself?
There’s nothing more satisfying than being completely free. Creating from that sacred place is very spiritual to me. Any chance I get to serve from that honest and authentic place, whether it’s through the expression of my feminine/ masculine sides, will always leave me feeling rejuvenated.
How can people get in touch with you?
People can reach me on all social media platforms as @OnlySamanthaCox
What can we expect from Samanth Coxx in 2021
I’m working on an exciting YouTube channel that will see Samantha Coxx in a number of hilarious adventures. So keep an eye on that!