Lady Red Couture, Legendary Drag Queen, Has Died

July 26, 2020 / Posted by:

It’s been a hell of a weekend for losses––and the sadness just keeps coming. Another legend has sashayed away up to that giant runway in the sky. Yesterday, Lady Red Couture, legendary queen and co-host of the YouTube drag-themed chat show, “Hey Qween”, died. She was only 43.

According to Metro, the horrible news was confirmed yesterday by fellow “Hey Qween” host and best friend, Jonny McGovern, who posted the message to his Instagram:

Apparently, Lady Red had been in the ICU since last Sunday as a result of a horrible sounding chronic health condition called cycling vomiting syndrome. Since then, Johnny had been updating fans and friends via social media, and even reported on Friday that Lady Red had stabilized and would soon be moving out of intensive care. But sadly, things took a turn for the worse last night. Now, the crowdfunding that Johnny had been advertising all week for medical bills and rehabilitation will go towards helping Red’s family with funeral arrangements.

For those who knew her, Lady Red was more than just an entertainer. She was a house mother, a drag mentor, and a pillar of Los Angeles’ drag and trans communities, as evidenced by her supreme hosting skills and for producing local shows like “Black Girl Magic”.

Earlier this year, Lady Red did an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, and they referred to her as one of America’s most legendary drag queens.

Mother Couture, as she’s often known, describes herself as the “largest live-singing drag queen in captivity,” and her commanding presence warrants comparison to Patti LaBelle, with the addition of a lime-green tongue piercing.

“I’ve been around for a long time,” she told us, “so anything that sparkles or shines, I’m very good at.” When we implored her to elaborate upon her motherly role mentoring younger queens, she confessed, “I call it stealing their energy, because that’s really what it is. I always tell them: Don’t live in muck and mire, because it’s unnecessary. The devil is on his job, so why shouldn’t we be?”

Needless to say, the hurt has been felt throughout various communities:

For those who never got to see Lady Red perform, treat yourself to one of her many great covers below:

Pic: Twitter

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