When the drag queen Michelle Visages was younger, her mom, Michelle, was in the military and Michelle’s dad, Dwayne, was a Marine Corps veteran.
The younger Michelle was always drawn to makeup and drag.
“My mom, Domenic, had this little bottle of eye shadow and I would look at her eyes and just wonder if they were eyes,” Michelle Visance, now 34, told Entertainment Tonight.
“I would wonder if I was seeing something else.
“She has been a performer for years. “
She has a very strong presence. “
She has been a performer for years.
She has a very strong presence.
She’s very strong, very strong in her body language.
So, she can have fun.”
Michelle is a veteran of the Vietnam War and her father is also a Marine.
“Her father was the last Marine to die in Vietnam, and he was killed by a helicopter,” Michelle told EW.
“He went to my school to be an extra in the school play, and my mom loved that play and I loved the role that I was playing.
And so, I was like, I have to go and perform this role.
So I went to the military to do it, and that was kind of what I wanted to do.”
Michelle Visance’s mom, who also goes by Michelle, is now 34.
She had a successful acting career, but when Michelle was in high school, her mother decided to have cosmetic surgery to look like a drag queen.
“Michelle went on a few surgeries, and then when she was in her 20s, her dad had surgery and she was like a new person,” Michelle’s mom said.
Michelle’s mom had the surgery and her hair has since grown longer.
Michelle, now 35, says she wants to make it clear that her mom’s surgery was the best decision she ever made.
“I’m not saying that my mom had any issues with the surgery, but I have had some,” Michelle explained.
“For me, that’s when I really understood that it was the right thing to do.”
Michelle also said that she’s been to the doctor regularly since her surgery.
“The last time I went was like three months ago,” Michelle continued.
“So I’m like, my mom’s like, you’re going to be fine, and I’m really grateful to her for letting me go, because that’s what she told me.
I don’t think she knew what I had gone through.
So she gave me a lot of love, and really helped me through that.”
Michelle Visances family, friends and fans were thrilled when Michelle began taking makeup classes.
“We had been telling her she was crazy, and she would be crazy too, but she always went for it,” Michelle recalled.
“Now, it’s so much more fun.
It’s not like my mom is making a career out of it.
It was just something that she was doing, and now it’s like she has a whole new career.
I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do.”
Michelle’s mother says Michelle has also learned from other veterans who have been through the same things Michelle has.
“That’s really helped her,” Michelle stated.
“Because if you look at the vets, and they have gone through something like that, they have been able to kind of deal with it.
They know that it’s not okay to look bad, and there’s still work to be done.”
Michelle said that Michelle Visances “super-model” appearance and “perfectionist” attitude has made her a success in the drag world.
“Drag is very hard to do because you need to have a certain look that people are going to like, so I have a lot more confidence now that I do,” Michelle added.
“But I still have to keep my voice up, and make sure I don to get people to like me.”
Michelle has been on the cover of Maxim magazine for several months, and has become one of the most talked about faces in the industry.
“When I get my modeling opportunities, it means that I get to be in front of the camera,” Michelle joked.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Michelle will make her public debut on “The Late Late Show” on March 14.