We Spoke to Shenzhen's Viral Video Drag Queen

By Bailey Hu, July 18, 2017

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Every month, Take 5 sees a PRD resident answer five questions on whatever our editors feel like asking.

Shenzhen’s very own viral drag queen, who goes by the stage name ‘Sister Tomato,’ has been performing for years now. Her fame really blew up, though, after she staged a photoshoot in a grocery store with a friend last May. Her outfit of choice? Knee-high boots, a crop top and leather undies with a heart-shaped cutout in the back, of course.

Since then the fashionista and dancer has been on a role with cameos in viral videos, performance gigs and a Weibo following of well over 700,000. We talked to her this past month.

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When did you decide that you wanted to become Internet famous?  
I started doing this eight years ago, at the time I was still in the small community of college, but my popularity was still very high, even the famous professors nearby knew me! I was very happy and proud, so I decided to keep going!

Do you get a lot of backlash from people in public and online? If so, how do you deal with it?  
Usually when I perform outside there’s not much harassment, of course if there is I’ll deal with it rationally. After all, I get that they don’t understand me. I understand their mindset of judging someone by their appearance.

What’s your day job?  
My daily work is more fulfilling than before, not only performing at nightclubs, but also in many business settings like parties, auto shows, etc. At home if I have nothing to do I livestream and exercise!

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Biggest role model, dead or alive?  
My role models are Michael Jackson and [singer/dancer] Coco Lee.

What’s your favorite clothing brand? Bar in Shenzhen?  
I like Versace and Gucci for giving me great inspiration, but besides appreciating others I’ve also been trying hard to create my own style. I don’t like going out to bars, I prefer quiet, romantic places.

You can follow Sister Tomato on Weibo.

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