Creator of the Month - Kara Juku
Welcome to Creator of the Month, where we feature an incredible creator from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Kara Juku!
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Creator of the Month Questions
What city are you based in?
I'm based in Vancouver, Canada.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I'm a non-binary drag artist, content creator, and multi-faceted performer. I first debuted in 2019. My performances often pay homage to my ancestral Vietnamese roots, bringing you a little closer to my inner world. In 2020, I was the first drag artist of Asian descent to be crowned the coveted title of Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar and Vancouver’s Eastside Phenomenon in 2019. In my free time when I'm not doing drag, I enjoy dancing, gaming, and sports. My favourite comics are the X-men and Teen Titans.
What fandoms are you into?
I'm into Marvel, DC, Anime, Disney, K-pop, Nintendo, and Mortal Kombat.
Who is your fictional style icon?
There are so many to choose from, but a few are Cher Horowitz (Clueless), Misa (Death Note), and X-Men.
What are your thoughts on the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in media like
comics, and superhero related films and TV?
I've noticed that there's a lot more LGBTQ+ representation in superhero TV and that makes me so happy as it gives me hope for the future of the superhero genre. Although there are still a lot of LGBTQ + characters in comics that when they get adapted to the big screen their queerness is erased or not acknowledged.
For our readers who aren’t familiar with drag culture. Tell us your opinion
on the similarities between drag and cosplay. How do they differ?
There are so many similarities between drag and cosplay that I can think about. For example, the amount of time and effort that goes into executing each and every look, the elaborate makeup, wigs, and costumes. The immense joy, confidence, and community that these things can bring you. But they're also different. When you do cosplay, you're usually becoming your favourite characters and bringing them to life. Whereas drag, for me, is my way of self-expression, amplifying and exploring different facets of my personality, like an alter ego.
What do you hope to achieve through your drag career?
I hope to share my art on a global platform and be able to speak on Queer Asian representation. I want to be a role model for the younger generation because when I was younger, I didn't see anyone like me.
What advice would you give to anyone starting their drag career?
My biggest advice to someone starting their drag career is don't be afraid to explore and experiment with all types of drag styles because you'll never know what you like until you try it. It's also so important to practice, these things don't happen overnight. Lastly, always be open to learning new skills so you can better your craft.