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Miss About Drag – January: Ondi

Ondi debuts as About’s first-ever Miss About Drag

Ondi debuts as About’s first-ever Miss About Drag

When it came time to decide who our first feature of the year would be in 2018, only one name came to mind: Ondi.

From her dramatic performances to her even higher fashion, Ondi is easily the breakout star of 2018. After winning Dessie’s Drag Race last year, it was clear that she was headed for great success. She brings an edge to drag that Houston so desperately needed. She’s Linda Evangelista meets Milla Jovovich. She is the epitome of high fashion and edge. It is because of her willingness to take creative risks and her ability to deliver show-stopping performances that she is About Magazine’s first ever Miss About Drag for January 2018.

We caught up with Ondi to ask her a few quick questions.

About Magazine: So, can you tell us about any new dates or shows you have coming up in the future?

Ondi: I’m in a new show once a month starting on March 17th at 23rd St. Station in Galveston. It’s a live singing show with a live accompanist.

And what inspires you to be Ondi? Where does she come from? 

My inspiration for Ondi comes from my love for performance, acting, and fashion. I’ve always had these visions of some fabulous woman who can do it all. I turned that vision into a physical manifestation with Ondi!

Tell us about your aesthetic. 

My aesthetic is very “chameleon.” I love to be high-fashion, but sometimes my character is a housewife! I love to fit my look to the character I’m portraying.

You can catch Ondi performing every Tuesday night at 9:30 in the C U Next Tuesday cast at Michael’s Outpost; and you can follow her on Instagram @Ondi4Real

Congratulations, Ondi! You have earned it.

About Adds New Editors, New Business

2018 Will Bring New Editors Into About Magazine, About Editions, The Magazine’s Publishing Company.

(HOUSTON) – In addition to its new trans-specific content page, About Magazine will be adding two new editors to its staff in 2018. The first of which is Jessica Olsen, who will serve as the assistant editor for About Magazine under editor-in-chief, Anthony Ramirez. The second of which will be Ian Townsley, who will serve as the associate editor for About’s trans-content page, About Trans. Additionally, Ramirez’s publishing company, Black Magic Media, will be absorbed by About Magazine in December. The new publishing company will be a branch of About Magazine, called About Editions.

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Olsen has worked with Ramirez at Black Magic Media as the editor of fiction. Her responsibilities will include content editing and generating creative ideas for new content. Though not LGBTQIA herself, Olsen is an avid supporter of LGBTQIA rights and an ally to the entire community.

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Townsley is an outspoken advocate for the trans community who hosts support groups at the Montrose Center and local churches around Houston. He is also a drag king who performs in and puts on numerous benefits to serve the trans community in obtaining gender-affirmative surgery. Additionally, he has taken on the endeavor of helping trans people legally change their gender status. Syder-Blake himself is an out trans man.

Though Black Magic Media was not strictly LGBTQIA content before (though many of its titles were written by queer writers), it will be after it’s first season of books. The first book, a collection of poetry by Short Story America prize winner Mathieu Cailler (May I Have This Dance?) will be released December 14th, 2017. The remaining books to be published throughout 2018 are How to Break My Neck (Jessica L. Walsh), Heart Radicals (Les Kay, Sandra Marchetti, Allie Marini, and Janeen Rastall), Lifelong Learning (Ezekiel Jarvis), the second edition of Ramirez’s novel Witches of the Deep SouthSpace Baby (Nicole Oquendo), Nesting (Kristen Figgins), Lady Leda’s Dancing Girls (Amber Edmondson), q & a (Steven and Ben Ostrowski), i was born dead (Caseyrenée Lopez), Maleficium (Witches of the Deep South #2 (Ramirez), Naomi and the Reckoning (Christine Stoddard), and Shotgun Mirage (David Rawson).

Mathieu Cailler’s May I Have This Dance can be pre-ordered here.

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RuPaul’s Michelle Visage Will Co-Host Halloween Contest In Montrose

RuPaul's Michelle Visage Halloween Montrose

RuPaul’s Drag Race Judge Michelle Visage Heads To South Beach, Jr’s Bar & Grill To Co-Host Halloween’s Biggest Block Party In Houston And Judge Costume Contest In South Beach

(Houston) — How could Houston’s LGBTQ+ annual Halloween block party get better? By adding a big-bosomed personality known as Michelle Visage is how! South Beach and Jr’s Bar & Grill in Montrose will welcome Michelle to co-host the annual Halloween shindig on Saturday, October 28. (Prior to Halloween.)Starting at 9:00 PM inside South Beach.

South Beach, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Montrose has become notorious for booking the ‘best of the best’ from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The club welcomes at least one RuPaul contestant a week.

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You probably know Michelle Visage best as the beautiful, big-bosomed sidekick to Ru Paul on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her personality fills the screen more than the competing queens and her cascading breasts combined. Her sense of humor is bone dry and a little bit filthy, all things required in the Houston scene.

South Beach the nightclub, along with Jr’s Bar & Grill join the City of Houston, with a street closure in Montrose in the 800 Pacific Street occurring promptly at 9 PM. Drag Superstar Kofi will host the popular outdoor events that will include a Halloween costume contest.

Michelle joined RuPaul’s Drag Race for the third season and has won the hearts of the viewers and queens with her straight to the point critiques, her passion and her love for the LGBTQ+ community.

For more information visit South Beach or Jr’s Bar & Grill on their social media pages.

Willam Belli, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney Act Announce Texas Tour

Willam Belli, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney Act Announce Texas Tour

Willam Belli, Alaska Thunderfuck and Courtney Act are back as the AAA Girls this fall touring Texas.

(Houston)- RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Willam Belli, Alaska Thunderfuck and Courtney Act are teaming up once again as The AAA Girls this fall, bringing their fierce, comedic show to fourteen US cities including Dallas, Houston, and Austin.

The AAA Girls North American Tour follows this summer’s release of The AAA Girls debut album, “Access All Areas.”  Produced by Sam Sparro, the album’s lead single, “AAA Girls,” climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Comedy Album chart this summer.  It received rave reviews for the music video’s throwback to classic pop star aesthetic and its celebration of drag extravaganza. The latest single is “Heather“.

“Girl groups are compelling because they’re sexy and dynamic,”  Alaska explains to About Magazine. “At least, the AAA Girls are!  I feel very blessed for having made such fun music and content with two people I consider dear friends. These ladies work so hard, and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done together.”

“Come see us in Texas ‘cause you never know what’s going to happen when the AAA Girls hit the stage.” -Willam

Willam, Alaska, and Courtney are best known for their respective participation in  RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons 4, 5, and 6.  Since appearing on the series, Willam has starred in several television shows and currently hosts “Suck Less,” a weekly call-in talk show where she and special guests artfully throw shade and spill the tea.

Since her Drag Race debut, Alaska has released two full-length studio albums and won RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2.

Courtney has released an album, toured the world with her one woman show, and can be seen this fall on MTV’s new celebrity dating show, ”MTV Single AF”.  “I am literally busting at the seams to hit the stage with Willam and Alaska on this epic tour,” exclaims Courtney Act. “These queens have worked with Britney (Spears) and Katy (Perry) so, of course, their next logical career move was to travel the world with me as the AAA Girls.”

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The trio first hit the scene as The AAA Girls in 2014 to support fashion brand American Apparel’s  “Support  Artists,  Support  Ethical  Manufacturing”   campaign.   They later released the holiday single, “Dear Santa, Bring Me A Man”.

“Come see us in Texas ‘cause you never know what’s going to happen when the AAA Girls hit the stage,”  Willam advises About Magazine.

Presented by Fullscreen Live, general admission ticket prices are $39 but in true All-Access fashion, fans will have the opportunity to purchase packages that allow them to take photos with The AAA Girls, get autographs, and even join them on-stage!

Tickets for the Access All Areas North American tour are available now at www.aaagirls.net.