At 16, Thomas Fonau had to make a decision – rugby or dance. Years later, that choice gave the world Pasifika warrior queen Kween Kong.
Months after the Kween’s star turn on Drag Race Down Under, this Adelaide-based Kiwi drag performer is all set to win our hearts all over again this summer, starting at the Sydney Festival in January where she will be part of Smashed: The Brunch Party.
Appearing At Sydney Festival, Midsumma, and WorldPride 2src23
Kween will follow that up with a show at the Midsumma Festival, before returning to Sydney for WorldPride 2src23, where she will curate Klub Village, a variety show featuring Blak performers.
“Ru gave me two life lessons,” Kween told Star Observer in a Zoom interview after the finale.
“She spoke to me about taking care of the inner child. Most of us coming from communities that are marginalised understand what shame and guilt feels like. Even within those communities, you are further marginalised because you are gay, or queer or a Drag queen,” said Kween.
“Ru also told me, ”you are your own daddy’. There is a reason why they call her mother. There aren’t many examples of queer POC excellence and definitely not ones that have literally paved their own way in society and made mainstream culture society look at us,” said Kween.
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