Drag Queen Name: Penelopy Jean
Real Name: Renato Ricci
Years on stage: 6
City: São Paulo, Brazil
How would you describe your character?
Penelopy is a sexy and sweet bombshell who loves lace, leather, lipsticks, stilettos, boys and parties.
How did you choose your drag name?
The first time my friends saw me in drag they said I looked like Penelope Cruz. So they started calling me Penelope, and I added the “y” to make it more drag-ish. The “Jean” came when I was thinking about a name in common with my greatest inspirations, and I found this one between Britney (Jean) Spears, Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe), Jean Harlow, Billie Jean, and others…
Do you remember your first performance? What song did you lip-sync? Where?
Sure, I did Bad Romance. And It was bad! My first performance was at a party in a really small town from Minas Gerais (the state I was born) called Bandeira do Sul.
What’s the most difficult thing about being a Drag Queen?
Keeping yourself on top. You’ve got to have a lot of creativity, time and money to invest in this career and of course, talent and intelligence to keep your drag interesting and new.
Do you have a beauty tip to share?
When I finish my make-up I apply a little bit of hair spray to fix it. We usually stay all night long at the club so we have to keep our makeup flawless.
When you were little, what did you dream about?
I dreamed about being an artist and becoming famous worldwide. I think I’m getting there.