In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Today, the multi-talented Cory Wade Hindorff. Last summer the 23-year-old actor/singer/model/drag queen gave Philadelphia a whole new reason to tune back in to America’s Next Top Model, appearing on Cycle 20 as the reality show’s first openly gay male finalist. He made a commendable third-place finish, and since then has used the opportunity to draw attention to his singing career. Last month, he released the gorgeous, neo-soul single “I’m Sorry.” Keep your eyes on this guy. You’ll be seeing/hearing more from him.
What’s your Philly connection?
I was brought up in the Philadelphia suburbs, and I’ve been here my whole life. I moved to this gay city after dropping out of college in Pittsburgh. Werq.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be Mariah Carey when I grew up … now I want to be Beyoncé.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is the drag culture here in Philly. I love watching people exude fierce confidence free of fear, honey chile’. I am inspired by fierce and fearless drag queens … they’ve made me into a diva.
Finish this sentence: I feel fiercest when …
I am alone in my living room dancing in my underwear. I feel fiercest when no one is watching.
What’s your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement would have to be my appearance on Cops this past season.
If you had one super power what would it be and what would you do with it?
I’d love to be invisible. I want to be able to spy on people and steal all the fancy clothes in the world. And to disappear from the world whenever I want to.
Finish this sentence: In 10 years I …
… see world dominance in my future. I want to take everything I do to its very peak and basically take over the world. Gay Oprah. That is my aim.