The Israeli Drag Queen Sprucing Things Up In Tel Aviv’s Nightlife

When Tomer Daunov is not volunteering at a hospital as part of his mandatory community service required by citizens of Israel, he is going out in Tel Aviv and dressing to impress.

Every weekend he travels from his family kibbutz to Tel Aviv to spend his free time hosting drag parties.  He has been doing drag for the past year and a half, however has been wearing women’s clothing ever since he was 14 years old.  Tomer explains that this stage is the next step in his fashion and gender game.

He does not consider himself to be like other drag queens, going by his own name and not carrying a traditional drag persona.  He explains that for him, rather than taking on a different character, it’s more about wearing clothing that is bigger than himself.

It takes him hours to get ready before the big event, appearing similar to an ’80s glamour shot, with a blond wig,  a face covered in gold, bright blue eyeshadow on his cheeks, and a low-cut dress showing his chest hair.  Sometimes he will go for a simpler and more elegant look, like a straight blond wig with a huge bow, and a slinky slip.

He finds these unique items everywhere possible, whether it be in secondhand stores, on the street, and sometimes even makes the clothing himself.  He believes that drag queens can wear whatever they want.

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