October Slut of the Month: Severely Mame

As a ghoul who’s regularly covered in enough blood to rival your heaviest flow day, Severely Mame is a perfect fit for our October Slut of the Month. We’re thrilled to post this pre-Samhain sit-down with New York City’s favorite dead girl as she talks sins, seduction and spells with us. Ripped from the epitaph of good moral standing, this page from the Diary of a Drag Fiend delves into the deep dark corners of Mame’s psyche (and her purse). Did you think we’d dare to box her in with just our traditional SOTM questions? Witch, please. Catch her performing and hosting Wednesdays at Don Pedros in Brooklyn.

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Who are some of your slut icons (dead or alive) and how have they influenced you?

Jayne Mansfield, Dita Von Teese and Amanda Lepore, they’re all have such strong, confident energy and have taught me how to carry myself like a beautiful, powerful, sexual being. Also I love porn stars – working in nightlife I have met so many gay porn stars and they have all been the sweetest men. Just spending time with them has helped me not be so worried about my sex life being under lock and key. It can be talked about, it’s FUN to talk about.

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Despite the mainstream success of certain queens, do you still consider drag a radical act? If so, where is the line between transgressive drag versus mainstream drag, and where do you fit in on the continuum?

Drag can still be radical! I think even mainstream drag is still radical! We’re grown men dressing up as women to lipsynch songs. It’s almost perverted, like most entertainment. Though I will say the more avant-garde side of drag is more on the radical and exciting side for myself! I am a mixture of both mainstream drag and transgressive drag: I’m not doing performances a pageant girl would do, but my look is very classic drag.

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What’s in your purse right now?

I have about three different active purses but I will use the one my wallet is in right now:

Two packs of cigarettes, one empty the other full.
Opera Length Leather Gloves
My date book, decorated with Monster High Stickers and Rhinestones
A flier for the Future Feminism Exhibition
Vivienne Westwood Wallet
A Tampon, serving you true woman realness.
A black lace hand fan.
A Mini tin of Altoids
Limecrime Black Velvet Lipstick (Something every goth slut should have it has great stay power)
A Brooch and a Sigil of Baphomet necklace
A set of keys that I have no idea what they unlock
Three different photos signed by Dita Von Teese
A Lighter
A Lollipop
A Broken hairtie
Four Bobby Pins
A Broken tube of lipstick
A ring that says “White Trash” my latex designer gave me
$3.60 in change
A Victorian Brooch that I have no idea where it came from
19 Mudhoney Hair Salon Business Cards
A Peanut Butter & Co punch card.

Nothing that exciting sadly.

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with cohort and Slutist favorite, Wren Britton of Purevile! Photo by Tinker Coalescing.

In an interview with the Huffington Post on what being a drag performer affords you, you said: “I get all the creative freedom I could ever want…and can act on it while wearing the prettiest (or sluttiest, or bloodiest, or most rhinestoned) dress in the room.” What are your go-to sluttiest looks?

Bullet Bra, Garter Belt, High waisted panties and fully fashioned stockings and the highest heels in my closet. But I also LOVE subtle slutty looks like a bullet bra and corset under a tight 50s sweater and a tight pencil skirt with fully fashioned stockings and sky high heels.

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Name 3 products that New York City’s Favorite Dead Girl cannot live without.

Red Lipstick- Any red lipstick that works on my skin tone, I don’t care what brand.
NYC Liquid Black Eyeliner
Schwarzkopf Freeze Hairspray

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Does your performance art tap into aspects of your sexual energy that you don’t express on an everyday basis? If so, how?

In a way it does, I never feel like a sexy boy, but in drag I usually feel like the sexiest woman in the room (unless I’m sharing that room with Amanda Lepore). In the right look I have feel like Bettie Page posing for every photo at the club, or every dance move on stage.

We’re guessing October might be one of your favorite months – can you share the details on some of your upcoming performances or any other hotly anticipated Halloween happenings?

Every Wednesday starting October 8th I host an American Horror Story viewing party at Don Pedro called Severely Mame’s Freakshow. I’m returning to my roots in Witch City, Salem Mass for a special night that I will talk about more when it gets closer! I will be all over the city all month, the best way to know if to follow me on instagram (@severelymame) or my Facebook like page!

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What’s your favorite spell for the season?

I feel like I always just focus on maintaining my altars and serving the spirits in October. But I’m always available and taking on new spell work clients.

I am: New York City’s Favorite Dead Girl, pinup ghoul, wicked witch, lover of filth and shlock, a halloweenie and a girl who is too damn goth for her own good.

By Day: Salon assistant, costume maker and hoarder in the making

By Night: New York City’s Favorite Dead Girl, PETA’s worst nightmare.

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My Vices: Makeup, Stockings, High Heels, Cigarettes, St. Germain

My Virtues: Since virtue is a behavior showing high moral standards, I don’t have any.

The Present: OOhgurl who got me a present?! ;D

The Future: I believe the children are the future.

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Favorite Flavor: Ben Nye Fake Blood

Favorite Feeling: First drag of a cigarette after a long busy day or working. Completing a project. Finishing a performance I stressed over.

Favorite Fabric: Cotton

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Substance is: something I lack.

Style is: not possessed by everyone

Slut is: Enjoying your body and sexuality without caring what others think

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Main image by Tinker Coalescing.