Amelia McGovern – 17 - Pennsylvania Interview by Caroline Alegado Nominated by her school Photography by Inspiring Teens Issue 17 | STYLE
How did you start and how long have you been designing? I started doing drag about a year and a half ago, it’s just kind of happened. I got bored one night during the summer at around 1 am and did a makeup look inspired by one of my favorite drag queens, Miss Fame. I discovered that I was actually pretty good at it and had a lot of fun doing it. Since then, my looks have branched from just makeup into wigs and fashion.
How long did this piece take? Does it have any accessories? This piece is one of my most intricate pieces I’ve ever made. The clothing and shoes are garments that I put together, but most of the accessories are completely handmade. The main accessory of this look is of course the umbrella. It took me about a week of coming home after school and working until I went to bed. I started with a clear umbrella and added everything else myself. I brought it back recently for a fashion show, and it took me around the same amount of time to add more to it.
How did you learn makeup? I would consider myself self-taught. I’ve been watching YouTube makeup tutorials practically since YouTube started, but I taught myself everything I know.
Where do you wear these outfits you make? There’s really not many places I can go yet, so pretty much just my house. But I did go to Rupaul’s Dragcon in NYC this year and finally had an excuse to go out in drag for 2 days. I did perform in a show a couple months ago as well.
Have you met any inspirations? I’m so grateful to have met so many of my inspirations. Sasha velour, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Bob the Drag Queen, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Miss Fame, Monet X Change, Acid Betty, the list goes on and on. In the drag community, it is much easier to meet your inspirations than being a fan of a someone like Shawn Mendes or Ariana Grande. I’ve met 25+ queens since I started, and I can’t wait to meet more!
Do you have a backstory on your stage name? My name Loona Tunes, sort of just incorporates everything that I wanted my drag persona to be. My favorite name has always been Luna, but Loona seemed a like a fun and unique way to spell it. I’m also very interested in musical theater and have been singing and performing for almost my entire life, so I wanted to incorporate that. Of course, it’s also a play on words of the show Looney Tunes as well! What are your plans for your future? I’m a senior in high school right now, but I do have plans for after graduation. In the fall, I’m going to be attending Makeup Designory in New York City’s financial district. The 6-month course involves everything makeup, ranging from color theory to special effects. For my future, I would love to be a makeup artist for movie sets, Broadway shows, etc.. I also hope to continue being a drag queen for as long as I can.
Amelia will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.