So what advice does Cherry have for anyone who’s struggling?
“Try to find what makes you happy – and just really hold on to it. If you do what makes you happy, that becomes your safe space. No matter how stressful things get – all the pressures from everyone and everything else in your life – if you’re doing something that makes you happy, that’s all you really need.”
And it’s no surprise that the thing that makes Cherry happiest is drag. Whether it’s drawing on brows in the morning, or creating a look after a long day at work, drag – and everything that comes with it – is a way to get away from the stresses of everyday life.
“I’ve tried absolutely everything under the sun to try and relax or destress, but one of the biggest things for me is drag.
"It really is. Like, after a stressful shift, that’s what I would do. Even over the pandemic, I would come home, have a shower, and then just get into drag. Not to put on social media, just to destress and feel a bit nice, because that’s my coping mechanism – what it has come to be anyway.”
“Drag is about gender and it obviously has its roots in politics and making change, but for me, drag makes me feel free. It’s like a clean slate. When I’m doing makeup, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what you’re like or where you’re from – it’s very simple and I think a lot of queens feel the same.
“The drag persona, they sort of become someone outside of our own life. They’re like all of your fears and dreams and your crazy powerful personality all balled together, but at the end of the day, it is still you. It’s just the costumes and makeup give you a bit more permission to be more yourself.
“And actually, drag doesn’t have to involve makeup or costumes. It’s such a cheesy quote but RuPaul says ‘we were all born naked and the rest is drag.’ And it’s actually so true. You wake up in the morning and you pick one outfit over the other, that’s it, that’s drag. Choosing a pair of jeans over a suit, you are getting into drag for the day. You choose how you want to present yourself, what will make you the most confident at work, what will make you feel good on a night out – and that’s what it’s all about, that confidence to be yourself, be the person you want to be. I think a lot of people get that, especially people who experience anxiety or struggle with their mental health, that’s why Drag Race resonates so much.”
Cherry is launching her new single, Aesthetic, on April 15, while continuing to work shifts at the local vaccination centre. You can find her on Instagram and twitter here.