As the primary ever trans man to compete on the long-lasting present RuPaul’s Drag Race, putting as a runner up on this 12 months’s season 13 of the US collection, Gottmik, AKA Kade Gottlieb, made TV historical past. A revered make-up artist in Los Angeles, 24-year-old Kade has labored with the likes of Cindy Crawford, Paris Hilton, Adam Lambert and Heidi Klum and did all of the appears to be like on the celebrities on Taylor Swift’s 2019 LGBTQIA+ anthem You Want To Calm Down.
(In drag, Gottmik makes use of she/her pronouns, out of drag Kade makes use of he/him pronouns.)
Gottmik’s signature drag androgynous/clown/alien look – impressed by icons comparable to Marlene Dietrich and Pete Burns – is among the most recognised of Drag Race, however all through the present Gottmik proved herself to be greater than only a appears to be like queen, turning into a fan-favourite for her humour, catchphrases and outspokenness. Her Snatch Recreation efficiency as Paris Hilton is now legendary. Gorge.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, to an adoptive conservative Christian household, Kade has spoken about how he first began experimenting with drag round 17 years previous to get into golf equipment, as folks would assume he was a person. He then moved to Los Angeles to review style after highschool and later transitioned. Now, as considered one of GLAMOUR’s 5 Fantastic thing about Satisfaction challenge digital coverstars, Kade interviews his drag persona Gottmik for the very first time to speak about transitioning, managing their psychological well being, the significance of visibility, queer icons and the most effective recommendation RuPaul ever gave them. Over to you, Kade…
Q Kade: What does it imply to be the primary trans man to compete in Drag Race?
A Gottmik: It means a lot to me, as a result of I’ve at all times been on the lookout for somebody like me within the media. The truth that I went on my favorite TV present of all time and was capable of be that for thus many individuals is simply mind-blowing to me to today. I am so proud.
Q Kade: What have been the important thing turning factors for you in your journey to self-expression and who you’re in the present day?
A Gottmik: Clearly, popping out. It took a lot self-love and confidence that I needed to discover out of nowhere to have the ability to come out to my family and friends. After which I feel additionally having the ability to go on nationwide tv and being as open as I used to be and simply share my story… I feel all of those pivotal moments in my life helped me be precisely who I’m in the present day.
Q Kade: How do you take care of your psychological wellbeing?
A Gottmik: Oh my gosh, I really sort of neglect to take care of my psychological wellbeing typically, however I have to get a bit bit higher at. However for me, I really simply want in the future the place I do not depart mattress. Like, it is a wrestle for me to even go get Uber Eats at my door. Possibly as soon as a month, I simply want to put down for 14 hours, like absolutely lay down. That is how I have to get well. It is like absolutely charging an iPhone.
Q Kade: How do you are feeling about social media?
A Gottmik: I personally love social media as a result of I really feel like I thrive with my character and I really like to speak to folks and join with folks.
I additionally suppose it is so essential to share what is going on on on the earth. So, I feel social media is a very essential instrument, in addition to an incredible enjoyable instrument to have the ability to share your artwork and develop as an artist and discover your tribe.
Q Kade: What’s the most effective piece of recommendation you have ever been given?
A Gottmik: It was really on Drag Race, and it was when RuPaul stated, “You already acquired the job, you simply have to indicate up.” And I took that to coronary heart as a result of I really feel like once I get a much bigger job and begin levelling up, I at all times get so nervous and scared. And I am like, “Oh my gosh, what if I mess up?” And I begin spiralling with my inside saboteur. However the second she stated that it simply all clicked to me that I acquired the job for the arduous work that I’ve finished up to now, and everybody there desires me to succeed so I simply have to indicate up and kill it.
Q Kade: What is the greatest problem you have confronted on the journey to who you’re in the present day?
A Gottmik: I really feel like one thing [to do] with my transition. I feel simply having the ability to discover a place the place I can exit every single day, snug with who I’m – bodily, emotionally, spiritually – was a loopy journey for me as a transgender particular person.
Q Kade: On the present, you speak in regards to the significance of studying to be genuine. How did you come to this realisation?
A Gottmik: I got here to the realisation that authenticity is simply a very powerful factor on the earth by means of trial and error. Going out every single day and making an attempt to find who I’m and the place in life I am pleased makes you exit on a limb and take a look at new issues and push your self out of your consolation zone. And I realised by means of all these loopy experiences that the place I succeed is once I’m not anxious about what anybody else round me is doing.
Q Kade: How has your drag look modified because you joined the present?
A Gottmik: Bodily I’ve discovered to refine just a few issues since I noticed myself on TV. It was rather a lot to soak up. Going into the present, I used to be so scared to play with femininity, I did not actually need to look too fairly. I wished to look as clown and loopy as doable always. However then once I experimented on the present, I sort of was like, “Oh, you look gorge as hell.” So now I am undoubtedly far more all the way down to experiment with wanting actually female. So prepare for some extra girly momentos from Gottmik!
Gottmik walked onto Drag Race with a mission: her first phrases uttered on the present have been: “Time to crash the cis-tem.” Kade’s casting on the present was historic, seeing because it has been frequently known as out and criticised up to now for its lack of trans inclusion, and it is clear he felt this stress as a ‘first’. However, inside just a few episodes, a star was born, and Gottmik was the primary drag queen on season 13 to interrupt the 1 million follower mark. By the collection finale, she had turn out to be a popular culture sensation. Kade used his place on the present to repeatedly platform essential LGBTQIA+ points, and likewise grew to become a zeitgeist phenomenon with the phrase ‘gorge’ now being synonymous with Gottmik.
Kade first experimented with drag aged simply 16, after seeing his first drag present – Rhea Litre acting at Phoenix Satisfaction – he began practising drag make-up the second he acquired dwelling, and the remainder was historical past. After highschool, Kade packed up from Arizona and moved to LA to review on the Vogue Institute of Design and Merchandising, it was right here in LA that his profession as a make-up artist took off. Throughout this time, his trans-identity ‘clicked’ after discovering a gaggle of uplifting queer associates who inspired him to be an out-and-proud trans man. His expertise is a singular and essential one – as “somebody transmasculine who does excessive femme drag” – proving that queer folks needn’t match into containers and may current nonetheless they select.
Q Kade: You determine as pansexual. What does that imply to you and the way do you are feeling about labelling attraction?
A Gottmik: It simply implies that I don’t care about gender in any respect. All I care about is a very gorge character and that is it. And I really feel like most of my associates are the very same approach, whether or not they label that or not. So, I simply put a label on it as a result of I used to be like, “Why not? I am labelling every thing in my life in the intervening time.”
I feel as we progress as a society, we’re simply going to cease with the labels, as a result of what is the level? Love is love, interval. So there is not any level in having to maintain shoving your self in a field as a result of as human beings, we’re continually evolving and rising, so why are we going to re-label ourselves each time we uncover a brand new a part of ourselves?
Q Kade: What does Satisfaction imply to you?
A Gottmik: Satisfaction is a very powerful factor on the earth to me. Me and [fellow Drag Race star] Asia O’Hara have been really speaking on the bus the opposite day on tour. We have been speaking about how I really feel like a variety of the queer group loves Satisfaction a lot, as a result of our entire lives we would not have had an area to have fun who we’re. We could have needed to disguise that as children or younger adults. After which while you’re an grownup, you get to go to Satisfaction and have fun and be the individual you have at all times wished to scream for the rooftops that you’re.
It is a true celebration of all of the ache and arduous work that we have put into ourselves and our lives and our journeys. It is a time to have fun, and to scream from the rooftops that we’re right here and we’re not going anyplace.
Q Kade: Who’s your LGBTQIA+ icon?
A Gottmik: RuPaul. Once I was in highschool, I bear in mind seeing her on TV and being like, “That is the closest factor to what I’m that I see.” This gender-bending loopy factor on TV, pushing gender stereotypes on nationwide tv simply blew my thoughts.
Q Kade: What modifications would you prefer to see in the way in which that the LGBTQIA+ group is represented?
A Gottmik: I need to see so many extra tales being informed. From what I’ve seen on Drag Race, my story opened up lots of people’s minds. And on the finish of the day, I am nonetheless a boy doing drag. It isn’t just like the craziest factor on the earth. Simply folks had by no means heard of it or seen it earlier than. So, I am actually excited to have the ability to open up these doorways and say, “Hey guys, what we thought was the be-all and end-all shouldn’t be. There’s so many extra tales.” And I am so excited to see Drag Race, Hollywood, mainstream media preserve pushing these boundaries together with me. And there are such a lot of extra superb tales from trans ladies who began the drag motion, to… actually you title it. There’s each color of the rainbow in our gorge rainbow group.
Q Kade: How will you be celebrating Satisfaction Month?
A Gottmik: I am really on tour for all of Satisfaction Month known as Drive-In Drag. You actually drive as much as the stage, and it is a few of me and my greatest associates on the earth. The entire viewers has a lot enjoyable. So, when you see me on that tour in Satisfaction Month, you higher go as a result of we are going to kiki all night time.
Q Kade: What recommendation would you give to the youthful you?
A Gottmik: I might most likely say that you simply’re legitimate. I feel I spent so lengthy considering that I used to be loopy and I simply wanted to loosen up and [that] my trans-ness wasn’t trans sufficient or legitimate sufficient. And so I might simply return and say, “What you are feeling is 100% legitimate. Simply since you do not see it on the market on the earth doesn’t imply it isn’t 100% actual. And it is best to simply say, ‘f*ck it’ and battle for what you suppose is appropriate, as a result of it’s.”
Q Kade: Lastly, what recommendation do you have got for younger LGBTQIA+ folks in the present day who could also be struggling to determine?
A Gottmik: Keep robust, keep constructive. Irrespective of how arduous it will get, there’s a mild on the finish of the tunnel. You’re going to discover your chosen household on the market, your tribe, and it should be so superb. It is simply going to take a second, so preserve pushing. You might be 100% legitimate. There’s so many individuals on the market who love you and assist you. Attain out to folks on-line that you simply see that you simply may really feel related with, as a result of they will speak with you. You are a robust bitch and I consider in you.
Gottmik on the ability of magnificence and make-up…
Q GLAMOUR: Our Fantastic thing about Satisfaction challenge is all about magnificence and identification. When did you first uncover make-up and your expertise for it as a make-up artist?
A Gottmik: I’ve been placing on make-up my entire life. I wished to put on eyeliner once I was in third grade. And I might get in bother as a result of I went to Catholic college. After which I went to style college in Los Angeles once I was 18, and [met] RuPaul’s previous make-up artist randomly, I used to be simply portray my face and we did this gig collectively and he stated “Oh, I like what you do together with your face. You must do make-up.” After which he launched me to different drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Q GLAMOUR: How essential has magnificence and make-up been to you in your journey to self-expression and realising your identification?
A Gottmik: Once I first began discovering who I used to be and beginning my transition, I used drag make-up as a masks. And I began portray my face white like this, as a result of it was not too female, however it was nonetheless drag. I felt like extra of an alien clown, versus me dressing up as a girl. Everybody thought I used to be only a boy in drag. I may get into all of the golf equipment, underage!
I began experimenting with totally different eye shapes, practising my artwork. After which by means of that, I might simply slowly get an increasing number of snug.
Q GLAMOUR: Why do you suppose magnificence and make-up is so essential to so many members of the LGBTQIA+ group?
A Gottmik: It is the simplest and most superb technique to categorical your self. You actually go to Satisfaction and also you simply put a bit glitter in your face or in your physique, and also you simply really feel a lot extra glam, a lot extra highly effective. And when you go the additional step, when you’re in drag, you are probably the most highly effective factor in your complete room. Nobody will have the ability to inform you no.
Having the ability to put some make-up on my face and experiment with gender, and crash the system and break these gender norms is simply so humorous to me. I placed on a lash and everybody’s minds explode. It is only a technique to step into one other artwork kind, and step into your energy and to only really feel like our most superb, most glamorous selves always.