On Sunday, June 25, Jet joined the majority of NYC in celebrating PRIDE. For anyone not lucky enough to have experienced such an outpouring of love, celebration, and glitter, well, there’s always next year.
The annual tradition began as a way to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, and has continued and grown to celebrate all aspects of the LGBTQ spectrum. Jet joined in this year with a bright and bold float covered in the finest in summer produce. And by produce we mean… a bunch of lovely ladies who, despite the heat, looked impeccably fresh and gorgeous in costumes inspired by the fresh groceries Jet has to offer. Meet Yuhua, who shares some of her summer secrets for feeling fresh all summer long. Happy Pride! *rainbow emoji*
What is your drag name and what is the story behind it?
My drag name is Yuhua Hamasaki, and I got my drag name from Yuhua, which is my first name given at birth. My last name comes from the Japanese pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki and I chose her last name because she is like the Madonna of the Asian music world.
Where are you from?
I am originally from China and I moved when I was 7 years old. I don’t remember much about China when I was younger, but New York City where is where I call home now.
What is your general look/who do you like to dress as?
My look tends to be sexy, glamorous, stylish, and a bit urban. I don’t necessarily dress to look like a someone or try to copy them. I just dress in the mood, colors, texture, and style that I am in at the moment.
If you could pick a song to represent how you feel about Pride, what would it be?
Gloria Gaynor’s “I Am What I Am” would represent how I feel about Pride because that song really depicts how every single human being is an individual and we should celebrate our individuality instead of shaming others.
What color are you for the Pride parade and what fruit/vegetable do you represent? What is your favorite thing about that produce?
I am one of the seven colors of the rainbow for Pride this year, and I am the color orange representing a fish! I am pescatarian and I love seafood! In drag lingo, the term”fish” also means “real like a woman.” When someone says, “that queen is a fish!” That means the person is describing the drag perform is looking like a real woman.
How do you stay feeling fresh and gorgeous on these hot summer days?
Stay hydrated and eat fresh!
What is one go-to tip or product for keeping your look flawless?
I’m a natural woman, I don’t wear make-up. Kidding! I believe that once someone has the right foundation production, everything else will fall into place.
What’s your favorite snack to keep you going when you’re dancing for hours?
Where else can we find you?