Meet Gege

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Since I was an age of reason, I have always felt different. I didn’t know why but I always felt out of place even with my friends.

It was around the age of 12 that I gave a name to my homosexuality. I remember that since I was a little boy, when I was alone at my parents’ house, I used to dress with my sister’s clothes, I put on my mother’s heels, I used her lipstick and nail polish.

One of the movies that impacted me in my adolescence was “Priscilla, queen of the desert”, basically because I recognized myself in the characters, between two lives. One in which they pose as a man of the bunch and the other between sequins, strass, heels and women’s suits. It was a decisive moment for me, it was when I embraced all myself as gay even if secretly, since Martinique (my native island) was not so open minded at that time.

Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska

 

I went to live in Paris at the age of 21 and there was liberation. I started taking dance class, going out in gay bars and clubs and making gay friends. We organize parties dressed as girls from head to toe. We didn’t miss a chapter of Rupaul Drag Race.
I didn’t consider doing drag queen until about 7 years ago, when I was already living in Barcelona. A friend proposed to me to organize his cabaret themed farewell party with us being the hosts … From there Geri Lavatza emerged.
Thanks to my experience in the Addaura Teatre Visual company, I improve my drag character with expressiveness and designing my own costumes, taking me to sewing.
To this day, I am Gerald Aka Geri Lavatza, dancer, performer, seamstress, dressmaker.

 

Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska
Photo by Julia Malinowska

Photographer: Julia Malinowska

Stylist: Alla Mel’nikova

Make-up artist: Tess Samperi

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