MYKKI BLANCO did not spring from nowhere. Rather, she emerged, Venus-like, one day last summer, when Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. decided to step out for the first time in head-to-toe drag, including a black bathing suit with padded breasts and fake Chanel purse.
â€œI call it my golden-ticket day,â€ Mr. Quattlebaum said, recounting how he (or rather â€œsheâ€) was hit on five times. â€œIt was like Pandoraâ€™s box opened.â€
Since then Mykki Blanco, Mr. Quattlebaumâ€™s glamazon alter ego, has become a redoubtable presence on the downtown art and cabaret scene. More avant-garde objet dâ€™art than drag queen, Mykki wears a fearsome honey-brown wig while performing allusive rap with a radical-gay bent.