Fierce Indigenous drag diva Felicia Foxx will walk the catwalk at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney this week.
The Sydney performer is a proud Gamilaroi and Dunghutti Sistergirl. Sistergirl is a term Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use to describe gender diverse people.
Australian Fashion Week kicked off on Monday at Carriageworks in Sydney. Foxx will walk the runway for First Nations Fashion + Design tomorrow morning (June 2).
The Indigenous-owned and operated organisation supports Aboriginal fashion designers, textile artists, jewellery designers, and other fashion industry workers.
“Being visible and being up there [on the runway] is empowering for other youth,” Foxx told NITV News.
“It’s empowering for other Indigenous people who thought they could never, ever do this sort of thing.
“So, for me it’s incredible that I’m up there, representing, being a role model.”
Felicia Foxx told NITV News that growing up in Sydney’s southwestern suburbs, she couldn’t find role models she could relate to. She didn’t see anybody like her in the media.
However discovering the drag scene as a teenager changed the performer’s life and allowed her to come to terms with her identity.
“Being able to express myself through my art is the best thing that’s happened to me,” Foxx said.
“Growing up, Wendell was this bottled-up angry little boy who didn’t know how to express myself.
“[I] didn’t know my sexuality and didn’t know anything about who I wanted to be.
“Coming to terms with my sexuality really helped me find who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.”
The drag performer now says she’s committed to being a visible, matriarchal figure to inspire other Black queer youth.
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Felicia Foxx calls out Drag Race queen for racism
In recent months, Felicia Foxx went viral on social media after calling out RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under contestant Scarlet Adams for past racist drag performances, including blackface.
The show’s queens addressed the scandal on last weekend’s episode of the show. After it aired, Adams also posted a lengthy apology video after the episode aired.
“It was like, this person has this stigma in her head and this stereotypical thing, of Aboriginal women,” Foxx said.
“At that time, I thought, ‘This is what this person has in her head about my mum and my aunties and my grandmother.’
“That’s why it got to me so much.
“I [want Scarlet] to use her platform to speak out and to really get in touch with community and know why it was so hurtful and wrong to do what she did.”
Foxx says she wants to use her platform to break down stereotypes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as other minorities who suffer bullying and discrimination.
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