What do Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga have in common? According to The Real Housewives of Atlanta's favorite cross-dresser Lawrence Washington, they all draw inspiration from drag shows.
"I love the drag shows because I think a lot of female impersonators have a lot of talent, and people like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, all of them came out of that arena. Beyoncé's whole entourage is nothing but gay men that teach her our stuff, and she goes on the main stage and does it," he tells BlackVoices. "You get some raw, unedited versions of all of those people at drag shows." If that's the case, then Lawrence has some big stilettos to fill with the video to his first single "Closet Freak."
So how did Sheree Whitfield's fashionable hairdresser find such confidence in his sexuality? "The beauty industry is a place for creative outlets, and that's where I found Miss Lawrence," he explains. "I brought that inner person out that wasn't out, so here we are full circle, and I've been introduced to the music again, so I'm thankful for Kandi (Burruss) and the Housewives."
Never one to hide his honest opinion, Lawrence doesn't view Kandi's other musical muse, Kim Zolciak, as much of a professional threat. "The difference between me and Kim is she's being developed into an artist. She's not a singer. We know that. I think I'm already an artist, and I can sing already. I'm not talking [bad] about her, but I mean it is what it is. I'm sure there are plenty of artists out there who had to be developed, and I commend her on staying in there contrary to all the negative feedback about her not being able to sing."