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Meet Trailblazer Jessica (Zachary) L’Whor (Sullivan)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica (Zachary) L’Whor (Sullivan).

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a very Catholic family, where I didn’t even know what being gay was until the end of high school. It also was not an option for me to be gay in the household that I grew up in. When I was able to go into college, I started secretly identifying as bisexual and was introduced to drag once on TV from some friends of mine. I remember calling it gross and disgusting and asking my friends to turn it off the TV. A lot of that came from my insecurities as a human.

As I started dating more, I was in a relationship with a guy that was into drag. He took me to my first drag show, and I supported him. This entertainer had me starstruck. I remember leaving the show and immediately, with my partner, going to Walmart to get a bra and makeup. I tried it out that night and even though I enjoyed the transformation, my partner was not supportive.

I started thinking about it more and more and tried out for the Colorado State University drag show. That opened up so many different pieces to where I started. It became a thing I did once every so often, then it progressed to once a month, then a few times a month, then every weekend, and now a full-time job.

About two years into college, I decided to identify as gay. And all while struggling with my identity, no one in the drag world knew my legal name or very few what I looked like out of drag. As well as, no one in my family or the outside world (excluding a few) knew that I did drag or was gay. I had been keeping this a secret for five or six years, all the while dealing with depression, self-hatred, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and more!

Finally, I was able to come out in December of 2017 and it was the worst and also most incredible thing to happen to me. Things could not be any better, and they are at a point I never could have dreamed.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. I dealt with a terrible depression, struggles with family, struggles with my careers path, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, sexual identity, and so much more.

I do not identify as a woman, so I’m not quite sure how to answer the remaining part of the question.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a drag entertainer! I work anywhere from 1-7 days a week doing anywhere from 1 show to 15 shows a week. I host events and other live entertainment opportunities, I lip sync to other peoples music, make people laugh, wear huge fabulous outfits, inspire and use our voice as a way to influence others, and so much more!

I specialize in drag entertainment, a variety of different ages and show hosting, costuming, makeup, and more!

I am most proud, as a business, that I am one of the top entertainers in the state and probably the hardest working I’ve met!

I am someone that makes things happen. I have an idea and I follow it through. I stay in my own lane and own in on my confidence, as well as creating a business where people of any age any setting any platform look to me.

What sets me apart is that no one is doing what I’m doing. There are many great entertainers in this state that are doing huge and amazing things, but when it comes down to it. No one is doing what I’m doing with my business.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Again, I do not identify as a woman.

However, advice that I would give to anyone starting their career is do something that makes you happy and the money will follow. If you love what you do every day, and get up and love what you do with excitement to go to work, you will live a happier life, and the money will come with that happiness down the road.

In addition, be confident in your craft. Look to others for guidance and advice without wanting to be like them, and take control of your inner demons to fully, authentically, and unapologetically work in the field that makes you happiest.

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Image Credit:
The rose gold wig cheetah print dress- Jeremiah Corder, White Wig – Jay Scott Dior, Blue dress photo – Ben Seagren, Robot photo – Lewis Neff

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