Wigstock 1991 Press

Detour 11/1991

Daily News 09/04/1991

 

November 1991

November 1991

photos: Hiram Ariav

photos: Hiram Ariav

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September 4, 1991

September 4, 1991

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All Wigged Out In Union Square

“It was kind of a drag,” said Kiki Mason of Wigstock’s new location at Union Square this year, after years at Tompkins Square Park. “The crowd downtown was much more participatory, with everyone in a wig or in drag or fabulous. This year there were a lot more people just watching”. Indeed, the fence around the stage area where most of New York’s best-known drag queens were herded – possibly to minimize the damage to park turf by all those size 13 stilettos – made for a zoolike effect. “I’m not used to being in a zoo,” said a chiffon-gowned Lypsinka, whose show at the Ballroom ends this Sunday. “But I am used to being stared at.” Village Voice columnist Michael Musto said he got his nappy-headed wig for $2 – perhaps he should show Debbie Harry the place, since the Blondie star showed up with roots long enough to grow tubers. Sixteenth Street became a Queens Boulevard of sorts as Willie (“Paris is Burning”) NinjaMing VauzeEndiveRu Paul,Tra La La and real-girls Lady Miss Kier and Kelly Cutrone traipsed over to the Coffee Shop, where Kiki was in waitress uniform. Whenever unknowing diners would try to place their order, Kiki would snap, “It’s not my station” – but when Wigstock founder Lady Bunny asked for a glass of milk with ice in it, Kiki ran off to the kitchen in his sensible pumps. Upon receiving his refreshment, Lady Bunny said, “You are the best waitress, so now I’m gonna give you a tip. Powder your nose, hon.”

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