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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