WE CAST EDEN IN OUR SECOND FASHION SHOW EVER AND HAD THEM FLOWN FROM ADELAIDE TO SYDNEY WHERE THEY NOW CALL HOME. SINCE THEN EDEN HAS FEATURED IN OUR RESORT '20 CAMPAIGN AND MORE RECENTLY OUR S'21 FILM CAMPAIGN WHERE THEY BASICALLY STOLE THE SHOW. WE ARE SENSING SILVER SCREEN SIREN ON THE RISE! BELOW WE CHAT ABOUT EDEN'S JOURNEY AND WE'RE SO HAPPY AND THANKFUL THEY'VE BEEN ALONG FOR OURS XO.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia
WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
It was an easy place to grow up in. My family moved around a lot so I saw a lot of Adelaide and grew very bored of the city and felt I needed to move as soon as possible
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Until I was around 19 I was heavily involved in a Pentecostal church I was attending most days of the week, I eventually came out and disassociated from the church and started an apprenticeship as a chef – I quit after I think 6 months before coming to Sydney for a Double Rainbouu fashion show in 2017, which ended up keeping me in Sydney which I now call home.
WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN ?
Sagittarius sun, Aquarius moon, and an Aries rising. A little bit chaotic.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN DRAG?
I started getting into drag the same time I moved to Sydney, which was just me going out in some busted makeup and whatever clothing I owned at the time. Eventually I befriended some really fierce queers and they guided me into what it meant to do drag, and helped me develop a drag persona.
WHAT DOES NON-BINARY MEAN TO YOU?
It took me a while before I figured out I was non-binary and I tried very hard to fit into what it meant to be a man and it never made sense to me, it felt very forced. To me being non-binary is a very broad and generally personal term, I don’t identify as a woman, but I don’t identify as a man either. I’m in this middle ground.
HOW WAS DRAG CULTURE AFFECTED BY 2020?
After everything that happened last year it was really nice to see the community come together and support the people who need an extra hand. Obviously we’ve all had to find work in other places where we can, and jobs have been more scarce this year, but its reassuring to see the drag community putting extra effort into booking more trans, bipoc, queer artists. I don’t think enough of the younger/newer queens recognise the importance of these performers who have come before them, and this year has been a good opportunity to bring some of those performers to the stage. That said, I think we can always do better to book and highlight more trans, bipoc performers.
ANY BRUSHES WITH FAME?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet a couple people I consider “drag royalty” including Miss Fame who thought I was a dancer, unfortunately I have nowhere near enough coordination to be a dancer, and I’m also nowhere near fit enough.
Not so much a physical “brush” with fame, but Troye Sivan started following me on social media this year and I had a little fan girl moment about that. Troye if you’re reading this hmu.
YOUR ULTIMATE LIP SYNC TRACK?
I’ve always wanted to perform ‘Glass and Patron’ by FKA Twigs, it would be a high energy performance and so if I’m going to do it I want to do it right. Currently I’m really into ‘Chic C’est La Vie’ by Countess Luann, its campy and fun and sometimes I need to remind myself that drag can be light-hearted and dumb.
I’ve looked up to Florence Welsh from Florence and the Machines since I was a young teenager, I remember seeing the music video for ‘You’ve got the Love’ and thinking about how her face and her voice were so striking to me. Her ‘Ceremonials’ album resonated with me deeply, coming from a heavily religious background myself I related a lot to the lyrics in most of the tracks from the album.
WHAT IS OVER YOUR 2021 RAINBOUU?
I’m really excited to start pushing my drag into more mainstream commercial and editorial fashion. I’ve breached the surface and I’m ready to keep pushing. It’s really cool to see Australian fashion open up and grow to highlight trans-drag artistry, we’ve been so far behind in fashion for a while (in terms of queer stories, and queer teams both in front of the camera, and behind) and I’m so down to catch everyone up to speed with the power of drag.