Kim Chi - Interviewed by Kahmora Hall for Trannika’s Most Wanted.
To celebrate the second anniversary of Trannika’s Most Wanted at Scarlet, I’m having cast members Kim Chi, Shea Coulee, Valentine, and Kahmora Hall sit down with each other to talk shit & expose the secrets of Boystown’s wackiest drag show. Today, Kahmora Hall grills Kim Chi about everything from virginity to competitively priced sushi.
Kahmora Hall: Ni Hao Kim! One of the things I love about your style of drag is that it’s always conceptual and fashion forward; what would you say is your signature look?
KIm Chi: I don’t know if I have a signature look per se but I do wear lot of headpieces to help narrate a visual story. Every time I get in a costume, I want to look completely different. Same goes for makeup. I like to try new techniques, colors and products or work on refining a previous technique. Doing drag feels like a never ending learning experience and that’s why I love it so much!
KH: I remember the first time I saw you, it was a cold winter’s night, you were walking from Berlin in sexy red lingerie with a fur coat…
KC: That was a one time thing and it was demure baby doll lingerie! Kim is a 16 year old virgin so I rarely do anything ‘sexy’. Sex and being sexy is something I’m not too familiar with, so I prefer to focus on the beauty of innocence and youth.
KH: In honor of the 2 year anniversary of Trannika’s Most Wanted, if you could make a headpiece out of a castmate’s wardrobe, who would it be?
KC: Valentine. Her jewelry game is always on point and probably has the biggest collection of big chunky sparkles of anybody I know.
KH: Now, I know we’re all castmates and sisters, but tell me, who’s got the meatiest tuck?
KC: Best part about Most Wanted is, we serve up meaty tucks in all variety of colors and sizes! Valentine’s chorizo, Kahmora’s gio lua, Shea’s hot links, Trannika’s vienna sausage and my soondae! The audience will have to come and try all the repulsive flavors on their own.
KH: All of those phallic foods got me hungry! What are some of your favorite places to pig out on a budget?!
KC: On a budget? I’m not sure what that means but I am going to assume food for people with little to no money. For Indian food, Ghareeb Nawaz is my #1. You can get a delicious giant platter of chicken biryani or veggie thali for only $3.99. Sun Wah has never done me wrong for Chienese food. $5.99 BBQ combination rice plate is my jam. Don Pedro Carnitas in pilsen has cheap and delicious Mexican food. Their carnitas just melt in your mouth. For sushi, you can’t beat the all-you-can-eat at Sushi Para for $18.99. Trannika, Shea, Valentine and I frequent Pauline’s for brunch. The 99 cents any sized iced coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts between 3pm-6pm keeps me alive. The Vietnamese pastry shop right off the Argyle redline has some yummy stuff too. Ham and egg bun for 89 cents! For Thai, Cozy noodles and rice has a great lunch special for $4.99.
KH: Wow! Such racially and ethnically diverse options, just like Trannika’s jokes! How long have you been a cast member?
KC: August 2013 is when I officially became a cast member.
KH: Marry Fuck Kill: Trannika, Val, or Shea?
KC: Kill them all
KH: If you could be any item on the mcdonalds menu, what would it be?
KC: Large iced coffee. Tall, dark and strong.
KH: Any shameless plugs you’d like to throw out there?!
KC: Neverland’s day of the dead party is coming up on October 24th! Come check out the Drag Carnage featuring special guest from Puerto Rico, Kandy Ho! I am doing a special hot spot performance as well. I will also be at the Berlin Drag Matinee this month, Plan B, Madison on the 16th, and Milwaukee Macabre on the 17th. I will be at night of 100 drag queens as well!
KH: There you have it folks! Boystown’s hardest workin’ Asian woman, harder than all sweatshops combined, Kim Chi! Catch her busting her shit with the rest of us at the Trannika’s Most Wanted Two Year Anniversary at Scarlet on October 20th, featuring Trannika Rex, Shea Coulee, Valentine, Kim Chi, Kahmora Hall and special guests Honey Dijon and Victoria Mourning.