A working life: the drag queen

When Richard Rhodes puts on his make-up he becomes his alter ego Cookie MonStar, a strong woman with a mind of her own. Richard – and Cookie – talk about their double life

I’m sitting in a crowded cafe in Soho as Richard Rhodes serenades me with Katy Perry’s hit California Girls – except the lyrics aren’t how I remember them. “I know a place where it’s cool to have an Asbo, cold grey and wet with a 24-hour Tesco,” he sings in a charmingly theatrical voice while City folk on the nearby tables drink expensive coffee. Later, I’ll see him act out a typical post office scenario and we’ll chat about how he has to shave his body almost every day – suffice to say, Rhodes is not a City banker.

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About Team of the world
We work to show the people and lives that society tries to hide. We work with homeless people, dragqueens, elderly with Alzheimer and adolescents in poor circumstances. Martijn Crowe is an artist and professor in Anthropology. His work and art is visible at www.thefaketory.org

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