Man Undergoes $75K Worth of Surgery to Look Like Madonna

Gay Star News reports on Adam Guerra, a California drag queen and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, who underwent $75,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like his idol, Madonna.

“My name is Adam, and I am addicted to being Madonna. … I really challenge myself to look like her. I have had over 18 surgeries, I’ve spent $75,000 to look like her,” he says, saying half of his face is fake.

He also says he has spent around $75,000 (€66,000) on plastic surgery and $100,000 (€88,000) on costumes.

But why?

“With Madonna I saw who went from nothing to something, who was herself and didn’t care what anybody said about her,” Guerra says. “She was the one that everybody wanted to be.”

You can learn more about Guerra’s experience: He is the subject of the TLC documentary My Strange Addiction. See a clip below:

Queens From New Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Coming to Philly for a Sneak Peek at Season 7

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By now you’ve probably heard that Logo has finally told us when they’re going to air season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race: March 2nd at 9 p.m.!

There are also some exciting new details emerging, like the fact that Queer Eye For the Straight Guy‘s Carson Kressley and Chelsea Lately‘s Ross Matthews will join Michelle and Ru on the judges’ panel. And the lineup of celebrity guest judges is pretty rad: Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Kat Dennings, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Romijn, Santino Rice, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie, Rachael Harris, Lucian Piane and Merle Ginsberg. Whew!

To build hype, the new cast of season 7 will be coming to Philadelphia to host an evening of performance and an advance screening of the first episode. They’re be at the Trocadero on Tuesday, February 24th—exactly a week before the  March 3 debut.

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WATCH: Philly Band Films Music Video at Tabu’s Drag Brunch

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Philly rock band Wonder and Fury wanted a few queens for their latest music video, “Talk Talk Talk,’ so they called up Tabu to see if they could bring their cameras to one of the bar’s signature Sunday Drag Brunches in November. Of course, the queens were more than happy to oblige.

The video spans a whole afternoon of drag-brunching—from going backstage where the ladies are caking their faces with makeup to showing performance clips on Tabu’s tiny upstairs stage. Some of the gals who make an appearance are Brittany Lynn and her drag daughter Robyn, Crystal Electra and Maria TopCat.

“Talk Talk Talk” is from Wonder & Fury’s eponymous first EP, which you can listen to and buy here. See the video below:

Philly Drag Queens Take Off the Wigs and Lashes in Beneath the Makeup

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A handful of film students at Temple University are set to screen a new documentary that takes a look at what it’s like to be a drag queen in Philadelphia.

The boy versions of three of the Gayborhood’s best known queens, Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles and Ariel Versace, are the subjects of Beneath the Makeup, which will screen this weekend at Tabu. In the work, producer James Stankunas tells me, the performers “educate and expose what really happens when the makeup comes off.”

“The overarching message,” he says, “is that drag queens live normal lives despite the shaved eyebrows and nights on the town in glitz and glamour … It was rather surprising to find out how different Philadelphia is from New York and other cities when it comes to the drag scene. Bryan Neel (Ariel Versace) points out that New York has more ‘fierce fishiness’ while Philadelphia is known for being more arty, comedic and borderline avant garde.”

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Local Queens Break Guinness World Record For “Largest Drag Queen Stage Show”

All 82 drag queens after the finale number Friday night at the Trocadero. | Photo by Alexander John

All 82 drag queens after the finale number Friday night at the Trocadero. | Photo by Alexander John

Eighty-two drag performers in enough wigs, lashes and fake boobs to circle the planet eight times gathered at the Trocadero last night to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Drag Queen Show. And they did it! The current record stands at 55, which was achieved this July at Axis Nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. But our gals blew that one out of the water.

Organizer Brittany Lynn says getting that many drag queens together was no easy feat. She started with over 100, but that number whittled down throughout the rehearsal process. “I got some of the craziest excuses,” she tells me. “Two queens called the night of the show to say they were in South Philly and couldn’t make it because it would take them two hours to walk to the Troc.”

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Philly Drag Queens Will Return to 2015 Mummers Parade

Miss Fancy Brigade pauses near Broad and Washington. Photo courtesy of Wang Newton.

Miss Fancy Brigade pauses near Broad and Washington. Photo courtesy of Wang Newton.

For the third year, Philly drag queens will return to the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. The Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee announced today that the Miss Fancy Brigade, led by Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn, will once again kick-off the parade, leading subsequent brigades along the new route. Instead of beginning in South Philly, the parade will kick off at City Hall, with judging taking place at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. From there, the brigades will march south along Broad Street to end at Washington Avenue.

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Q&HEYYY: Pissi Myles On Harassing People at Wawa, Drag Race Dreams, and the Two Things That’ll Make Her Cut a Bitch

Pissi_madMy name is …  Pissi Myles! My name came about when my boyfriend and I were fighting about Christmas music. After the fight had gone on for about five minutes, I yelled, “You’re gonna turn me into Pissi Myles in a minute!” I, of course meant to say Missi Pyle, but it was golden. We both agreed it was my new name.

I started doing drag, because … I needed an excuse to make off-color jokes and sing Judy Garland songs.

Who’s your drag momma? Youtube.

If I was a Real Housedrag of Philadelphia, my one-line catch phrase would be … “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful, hate me because your husband thinks I’m beautiful!”

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Bianca Del Rio in “Rolodex of Hate”

Photos by Magnus Hastings

Photos by Magnus Hastings

If you watched Bianca Del Rio last season on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you could see that the queen—known for her sharp tongue and reads that would put Barnes and Noble to shame—is as kind as they come. She emanates warmth, she helps young queens in need, and she’s respectful. Case in point? She rang me five minutes before our scheduled phone interview this week. Early?! A drag queen?! Unheard of!

But it seems like that gentleness kind of stops when she struts out on stage, eye lashes batting, hand on hip. There she’s fiery. She’ll cut a bitch. She’ll probably even offend a few Asians. That’s her schtick, and frankly, that’s why we love her. We marvel at her quick wit, and wonder how in the hell she’s so spot-on every time. Perhaps she’ll divulge a few pointers when she brings her latest traveling show, “Rolodex of Hate,” to Philly’s TLA on December 10th.

She explains the show as being “a one-hour standup comedy special where I discuss situations and parts of my life that brought me to where I am today. I discuss who I am as a person, and how I became this little nugget of hate.”

Here are a few other things we chatted about (if you’re here solely for the ticket giveaway, scroll all the way to the bottom):

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Philly Drag Queens Attempt to Break World Records at The Trocadero

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We all know Brittany Lynn as “Philly’s hardest working drag queen,” but she’s also one of our most ambitious. She lugs that tall hair and those long legs from here to Atlantic City and back again performing, filming episodes of her gossip show, and, in my opinion, always pushing the envelope to bring a spotlight to the city’s drag community. Case in point: Did you see the drag queens leading the historically hetero Mummers Day Parade last year? She did that.

Her latest feat is to break multiple world records at The Trocadero in Night of 100 Qweens. At press time, she’s assembled 104 drag queens to hit the stage at The Troc in the attempt to surpass the Guinness World Records title holder in “Largest Drag Queen Show” (current record is 39), and two other non-Guinness records “Most Drag Queens Performing at the Same Time,” and, why not, “World’s Largest Drag Queen Selfie.”

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