‘The many moods of Frida Marida- Drag Queen’

Following is a cull out from the interview of Frida Marida taken by Lee Kvåle for Oslo Pride. The entire text & images can be found on oslopride.no

“… Life was difficult for Hani in the period after he came to Norway, he tells me. He didn’t have residence papers, for instance. But he did have the idea that would turn into Frida Marida. That hadn’t been there before…
… when I performed as Frida for the first time I felt so powerful. I had the wig, I had the makeup, and I felt both covered up and like the real me…
… Frida was the only light in my life at that point in time. I was doing something I loved. I had experienced abuse and felt like I’d been replaced with someone else through that. I didn’t feel like anyone would appreciate me, but then people started appreciating Frida…
… I don’t know if I was stronger before, but I had another outlook. I worked as a director, I was free, but maybe this version of me is the strongest, the most real. I thought for a while that I wanted to change my sex, and be Frida all the time, but I’ve discovered I’m fine the way I am. Frida is a way for me to express concentrated femininity…”

He is from Lebanon, now in Norway/Oslo.

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