‘Embellished Velour’ is a collaborative visual story between photographer Kyna Marie and drag artist Xerox Blac. The photographs were shot on medium format film in New York City, where both artists reside.
From Xerox Blac, “When I think of drag life, I think of nothing more than pure, honest art. It’s a way of expressing oneself in a way that you couldn’t in a normal 9 to 5 job. It’s about letting go of all your fears, lost thoughts, and everyday struggles and bringing to life a character that you see yourself to be. Almost like your own real-life superhero. My art revolves around my mom and the person I always saw her to be. Strong, courageous, kind, and impactful. These are the things I struggle with in my day to day life, but when I’m in drag, I feel myself transform into another life where all I want to do is bring a little light and joy into this world through love and acceptance for all walks of life. Art for me is very important because it keeps me balanced and helps me be as free as I allow myself to be, without any regrets. With drag, sky’s the limit! Just make sure to add a little highlight when you get there.”
Model/Makeup & Styling: Xerox Blac @xerox_blac
Wardrobe credits: All clothing and accessories designed and created by Xerox Blac