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Merrie Cherry is a Brooklyn drag queen who thinks "drag is the new rock star"

Written by
Jillian Anthony

Each week, we interview an interesting and stylish New Yorker about his or her life in the city. Meet Merrie Cherry, a 32-year-old drag queen and event producer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Photograph: Teddy Wolff

How did you get into drag?
Metropolitan Bar had a coat check position open, and I ended up meeting anyone and everyone. I did drag there and eventually started my own monthly show, Dragnet.

How’d you choose your drag name?
A guy who couldn’t remember my name ran into me and called out, “Merry cherry!” I was wearing all red—red hat, red T-shirt, red shorts and red shoes. I was like, That’s mine now.

Describe your performance nights.
I order some Seamless and smoke a cigarette, then get in front of my mirror for two-and-a-half hours. I put my clothes on, then I usually text whoever hired me, “I’m so sorry I’m late.” I always end the night at Metropolitan and get home around 5am.

How has the drag community changed in New York?
When I started [in 2010], you could count the drag queens on your fingers and toes. Now, there’s close to 100 drag queens just working in Brooklyn. I owe it all to RuPaul. Even though I wasn’t on [RuPaul’s Drag Race], after season four people started to get it, and now drag is the new rock star. 


Photograph: Teddy Wolff

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