Why this drag queen will never shave her beard


From the ingredients they share to the rich cultures they reflect, the worlds of beauty and food – and the people who merge them – are in constant conversation. welcome to Well fed, a chronicle that celebrates the way we nourish our bodies, from face to plate. In this first edition, Todd Heim opens up about his extravagant alter ego, his seashell-themed manicures and why he’ll never shave his beard to drag.

When I meet Todd Heim over oysters and dirty martinis at by Cervoa common downtown haunt, there’s a third party there in the spirit: Steak Diana, Heim’s alter ego who loves cocktails and shellfish. Her whole essence is based on extravagance, and while you won’t find her dancing on stage, her covetous tablescapes, made-to-order dining clothes, and Instagram content creations are theirs. own performance art form.

“I always thought of her as kind of a great New York hostess,” Heim said of her drag character. “She’s a little older, she might have been divorced once. She has a piano parlor singer vibe, and she honestly could be around 50. I’ve never said that before, but she might l ‘be !” Steak Diane is the manifestation of Heim’s current passion for seafood spins, couture experience and a social post after the 2016 election.

“I had been Jackie Kennedy for Halloween that year; I made the pink suit. I made a video on election day, and after [Clinton’s loss]I just feel like people on Instagram really reacted,” he recalled. “It was like such a time when making people laugh was so important, so I just went from there.”

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