Where did all the goldfish go? The Fabulous Beekman Boy and His Drag Alter Ego, “Aqua”

24 Dec

The Fabulous Beekman Boys have just hosted a fabulous Christmas Show! Check out their website for pictures of their agrarian paradise, and more on their product lines.

Now for the meat of this post: the drag queen in all of us, and specifically, “Aquadisiac,” the alter-ego of Beekman Boy, Josh Kilmer-Purcell. From his Wikipedia page, Kilmer-Purcell has worked at several Manhattan advertising agencies, including Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, Merkley Newman Harty, and, among others, TBWA\Chiat Day.

In 2006, Josh published, I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir, which HarperCollins says “follows a glittering journey through Manhattan’s dark underbelly.” It is widely believed that the events in the memoir took place while Josh was working at Merkley Newman Harty.

As his drag queen alter ego “Aqua”–short for “Aquadisiac”–Kilmer-Purcell performed at nightclubs in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Tokyo. Aqua was best known for her use of live goldfish in the breasts of her costumes. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) even sent a letter of protest to Kilmer-Purcell condemning the use of live animals in his shows.

AfterElton.com highlights some fabulous excerpts from the novel. Here’s how Josh describes the switch from male to female: “Grasping my surprised triumvirate in one hand, I pull the whole package backward as I yank up the tight panties with the other. Trapped. Straightening up from the bend, I can feel my lower abdomen stretch and flatten as my precious goods give up and settle into their new hideaway.”

Isn’t that interesting? Now, this might all be bullshit. I could only find a couple distinct pictures of Aqua, but who doesn’t find the Beekman Boys’ brand of uptight dichotomous refinery sufficiently entertaining? If nothing else, you gotta love Polka Spot!


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