The Drag Queen Nanny Your Kids Will Love, Miz Diamond Wigfall
There is no shortage of drag queens in NYC. You can’t throw a rock without hitting some twink in a dress thinking he’s got what it takes to shantay down the runway just because he’s seen every season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race while practicing YouTube makeup tutorials. There’s a difference, though, between learning how to just paint your face and turning that face into a work of fucking art. This weekly series highlights the queens who stand out from the crowd and rock those heels til they bleed.
Meet Miz Diamond Wigfall.
Describe your look.
Miz Diamond Wigfall is kind of like a dancing anime queen.
Your day job is being a nanny. Does the family know you’re a drag queen?
That’s one of the reasons they hired me because they’re intense Democrats. It’s a big selling point. I have a couple of families that I work for and they all know and they’re all into it.
Do the kids know?
Oh yeah, they know. They’ve watched my videos and they’ve seen me dance. They love it. It’s so normalized for them.
How does being gay and a drag queen affect what you teach the kids?
I try my best to keep toxic masculinity away from the children. I want to make sure that the kids know they can like any color they want to. A color is not a boy’s color or a girl’s color and if someone is wearing make-up they can be a boy or a girl
Who’s easier to deal with- a drunk crowd or children?
I feel like drunk people are worse because drunk people touch you. With the kid they might hug you or they might be a little too aggressive but that’s not their fault. Drunk people are just assholes. I’ve called people out at my show and said, “You need to sit down and think about what you’re doing because you’re in public.”
What’s a Miz Diamond Wigfall show like?
I sing, I dance, I act. I call my lip-synching ‘velociraptor lip-synching’ because I have big expressive faces. I have my sidekick BoBo, who is my roommate dressed up as a pug, and he juggles and does circus tricks between the numbers. Also, sometimes I’ll have friends sing live and I’ll lip synch next to them. It’s like a variety show.
Drag has become more popular than ever. Do you use this platform to address important issues?
Yeah, I have many political numbers. Drag is really punk rock. It’s a big fuck you to what a man should do and what a woman should do by flipping everything on its head. Just doing drag is a political statement. When you’re a drag queen people let you say what you want to say. There is that freedom with drag that you can express yourself and be unapologetic. That’s the main reason why I love doing drag because I can say what I want and people will listen to me just because I look the way I look.
What’s been your proudest moment being a drag queen?
I have a show that’s monthly in Salem, Massachusetts, that’s where I grew up, and I bring queer culture there because they don’t have anything like that. They don’t get that kind of nightlife at all. People grew up being very small minded about what men and women can do. I’ve been doing some cool things and bringing out a crowd that wants to come out and celebrate different kinds of people. That show is what I’m most proud of because I feel like I’m actually making a difference in the culture.