Creator Spotlight: Jupiter Velvet

Meet Jupiter Velvet, a Miami Drag Queen who’s beauty, expression, and femininity collide into a dazzling explosion of creative freedom and ever-evolving gender identity. You might have seen her grace the cover of The Miami New Times, or walk as a rising drag superstar with a look reminiscent of Memphis Design, meets Riot Grrrl, meets Lizzie McGuire. Velvet credits drag as central to her identity, using her work to express her deepest feelings and desires. Keep watch as she continues to turn heads from everybody in the room and leave it ALL on the Catwalk. ??

1. What is the earliest memory you have of yourself doing something creative?

I remember being assigned to play a pilgrim in an elementary school thanksgiving assembly and I insisted that my mother allow me to use her makeup, particularly her concealer. Being given that sliver of creative liberty to play with makeup meant so much to me and after that day I would always lock myself in her bathroom and play with her makeup while she was at work.

2. What kind of creative work do you do?

I am a local Miami Drag Queen.

3. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Jupiter Velvet is my way of giving a vessel for myself to live out the femininity I was not allowed to explore for so long in a Caribbean and South American home. Now as an out and proud Transgender woman I use my work to express my feelings and desires.

4. How would you describe your specific style? What makes you unique?

I always describe Jupiter Velvet as Memphis Design, meets Riot Grrrl, meets Patrick Nagel, meets Lizzie McGuire! She’s just a teenage punk floozy!

5. What has been some of the biggest influences and sources of inspiration in your work?

I’m inspired deeply by the trans artists that have come before me like Candy Darling, Marsha P. Johnson.

6. Do you have any rituals to help you get the creative juices flowing?

I always like to allow myself as much time as possible to get ready, sometimes even three hours, just to allow myself to meditate and play some music and not feel rushed. Drag is an art and an artist can’t be rushed!

7. What have been some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on? Any current projects you’d like to mention?

I was deeply honored to grace the cover of The Miami New Times in 2018. I’m currently working on lots of new events and secret projects.

8. What are some of the best lessons you’ve learned while developing your craft? What valuable advice could you offer to other Creators like you?

Don’t take anyone’s advice. PERIOD. Do whatever feels natural to you and always remember there are no right or wrong ways to exist.

9. Where can we find more of your work and follow your journey?

Follow me on Social media platforms @JupiterVelvet

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