Rosé Dior – You’re Gonna Love Me

Rosé Dior in Drag Heals season 2

Rosé Dior is the drag persona of Daniel Fernandes who stars in season 2 of Drag Heals and the upcoming Border2Border Entertainment scripted comedy series Womb Envy.

Who is your drag persona?  How do they highlight or reveal parts of you in bigger and more dramatic ways?

My drag person is Miss Rosé Dior. She transforms me from a shy, introverted nerd, to a glamourous, outgoing diva. She allows me to express my inner self. As Daniel, I feel trapped in a masculine way of life, but with Rosé, I’m able to break out of my shell and just be the most fabulous queen I can be. She’s loud, sassy, and funny, but it all comes from a place of kindness and love…. Basically, everything I hope to be in my regular life.

Does the idea of drag as therapeutic or being healing resonate with you? Why? 

Yes, it does. Tracey always said that drag is a mask you put on to unmask, and I stand behind that 100%. Through Miss Dior, I’ve been able to uncover a lot of built up shame that I would have never been able to confront myself with otherwise. But with drag, I’ve also been able to express myself freely. It’s a safe place for me to show this other side of me.

How important for your health and wellness is the act of playing?

Very important. I think playing, especially in a creative way, helps with my mental health. I hate to sound like a broken record, but it’s a way to get things out of you, but in a fun safe way that you control.

Daniel Fernandes as Rosé Dior.
Daniel Fernandes as Rosé Dior.

What did you discover about yourself through the Drag Heals experience?

I discovered that I have a hell lot of learning to do about myself and my community. It’s hard to admit, but I need to educate myself more on the LGBTQ+ community; its histories, its struggles, its successes. This is my community who loves and supports and accepts me, and I need to do the same. There’s so much I didn’t know that I have learned from each of the friends I’ve made at drag heal that has opened up my mind. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

How can the drag community benefit from being more inclusive?

Making the drag community more inclusive opens up the whole damn world of fantastic voices and storytelling. Period. I think drag performers from the entire spectrum all have such unique voices the need to be heard. Coming from the world of only knowing drag queens, Drag Heals was my introduction to different forms of drag. And each artist brought to the stage something I’ve never seen before, and the world needs to see this. 

How would you describe your make-up and fashion aesthetic in drag?

I tried to take a more classic pageant approach to my style, taking after my mom in her pageant days. It was very challenging for me not having ever done my make up by myself. Also, I am a pretty big guy who doesn’t fit in woman’s clothes. So that was a huge struggle for me, but in the end, I found something stretchy and glamorous that worked for my piece. 

What’s been most challenging about Drag Heals for you personally?

The most challenging thing for me was the constant need to beat myself up. Whenever I made a mistake, no matter how small it was, I immediately retreated into my head.

Daniel Fernandes is a Toronto based producer, director, writer, and performer hailing from Edmonton, Alberta.
Daniel Fernandes is a Toronto based producer, director, writer, and performer hailing from Edmonton, Alberta.

What’s brought you the most joy?

Meeting the people I did, in the cast and crew of drag heals, and sharing the stage with so many great people in a project I was so proud of was a highlight for me.

What has surprised you the most?

When I looked in the mirror right before my first show, I surprised myself with how far I’ve come. I looked damn good. I surprised myself with how hard I worked for this, and how much I learned from drag.

Catch up with Miss Rosé Dior on Instagram and Twitter.

Insta: @queenrosedior / @danfurd

Twitter: @danfurd

WATCH SEASON 2 of DRAG HEALS on your favourite platforms:

Amazon

Vimeo

OUTtvGo

Daniel Fernandes is a Toronto based producer, director, writer, and performer hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. That’s the short version of it and he’s sticking to it. His five years of working in children’s television and his unhealthy obsession with his favorite wine have heavily influenced his drag persona, Miss Rosé Dior. Daniel hopes to one day use drag to inspire self-expression, acceptance, and joy to both kids and adults alike.

Watch the T with T.E.S. interview between Tracey Erin Smith and Rosé Dior here.

Drag Therapy – developed by psychotherapist Leon Silvers

Leon Silvers is a psychotherapist in New York City. He is the creator of Drag Therapy, a therapeutic modality that helps individuals access and embody various parts of themselves through dressing up and the act of play.

Leon Silvers is a psychotherapist in New York City. He is the creator of Drag Therapy, a therapeutic modality that helps individuals access and embody various parts of themselves through costume and/or drag. Leon Silvers is the special guest in Drag Heals season 2 episode 2 ‘Drag Therapy’.

Leon Silvers is a psychotherapist in New York City.  He is the creator of Drag Therapy, a therapeutic modality that helps individuals access and embody various parts of themselves through dressing up and the act of play.
Leon Silvers is a psychotherapist in New York City. He is the creator of Drag Therapy, a therapeutic modality that helps individuals access and embody various parts of themselves through costume and/or drag.

Leon, who is your drag persona?  How do they highlight or reveal parts of you in bigger and more dramatic ways?

My Drag Persona is Pink Freud. Embodying this persona allows me to fully embrace parts of myself that I dont always get to experience so fully. I get to be over the top with my playfulness, courageousness and gregariousness. I dont have to hold back because playing Pink gives me permission to be as big as I would like. 

Does the idea of drag as therapeutic or being healing resonate with you? Why? 

Absolutely! That is why I created Drag Therapy. When you embody a drag persona or simply put on a costume, you’re able to access many different parts of yourself that you typically aren’t able to access. That doesn’t just have to be fierce qualities, it can be more vulnerable parts of yourself too. Being dressed in your particular persona, and you can have many,  can be an easier and gentler way to access those feelings or parts of yourself. The therapeutic power of drag doesn’t even require a full drag look. Try simply putting on a beautiful “diamond” necklace or tiara, look in the mirror, and see how you feel. It can be hard to feel sad when you’re covered in jewels. 

How important for your health and wellness is the act of playing?

It is crucial! Drag Therapy is actually a play therapy. Play is inversely correlated to depression and anxiety. Meaning, the more we are able to play, the less depressed and anxious we will be. I try to center my life around being able to play. Right now, because of Covid, my play is in the wilderness- hiking, camping, exploring. And of course bringing my drag to the wilderness and playing with costumes there. Play also helps us unlock our creativity and spontaneity which I believe are key to improving mental health. 

How can the drag community benefit from being more inclusive?

 I think it is important for the drag community to recognize that drag really is just about play and that there is no one size fits all for drag artistry. Drag can take many shapes, forms, and sizes and it’s really just about being yourself, being creative, and having fun. The drag community really is just a large sandbox where people come to play, create, connect, transform, and help others access their sense of play. 

What’s brought you the most joy working with the Drag Heals cast?

It was truly an unbelievable experience working with the cast of Drag Heals because all of the participants were so open and eager to playing and being challenged . Improv can be a challenging task and the participants were so courageous and took so many risks, despite the cameras rolling. It was also incredible to see how cohesive and connected they were as a group and it was only the second week. That really speaks to the openness of the group and also the amazing skills of Tracey, their fearless leader.

How has it been collaborating with Tracey Erin Smith to help shape the one-person shows?

Tracey is a phenomenal human! She really is an inspiring woman. She is so creative, passionate, enthusiastic, and really creates an environment that is conducive to creative and personal growth. She has been incredibly encouraging and supportive of me and my work and it is a pleasure to be able to work with her. I want to be a participant next season just so I can learn more from her!

What do you hope the TV audience gets out of watching Drag Heals? 

I hope the Drag Heals viewers learn that drag is a playful art form that is accessible to anyone and everyone. Drag doesn’t have to be dressing as a fierce queen or king; it is simply playing with costume, makeup, performance, movement, and/or whatever other creative expression you can imagine. We are all in drag every day. When we can intentionally manipulate our drag, we can access our creativity, curiosity, and sense of freedom, and let go of our inhibitions and control, and have fun!

Connect with Leon Silvers and learn more about Drag Therapy:

@DragTherapyNYC

 www.SilversPsychotherapy.com

Watch Drag Heals Season 2 on your favourite platforms:

Vimeo

Amazon

OUTtv Canada and OUTtvGo

Anisha Joshi host of Dating Unlocked

Dating Unlocked Anisha Joshi pg.1

Lifelong dance connoisseur, from child to adult, Anisha Joshi has set her sites on more. Anisha Joshi has danced her way from stage to commercials and now she’s taking her dedication of dance and turning it into a television career as the host of the new webseries Dating Unlocked.

In each webisode of Dating Unlocked, daters are set up to to discover if they are ready for love.

What if on a first date you were given a key to unlock parts of each other’s lives that might otherwise be kept hidden for months, years or possibly forever? Each 12 minute episode features a date where lives, hearts and homes will be unlocked in the pursuit of happily ever after.

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward on a date.  We want to highlight our assets while hiding the parts of ourselves that we’re unhappy with, not proud of, or simply would prefer to keep secret.

But what if we had to reveal a more accurate picture of who we really are on our first date?  Would it streamline the process of finding true love? Each episode follows two people as they meet a potential mate on a first date. Our love birds have been hand-selected by a matchmaker (our host, Anisha Joshi) based on their submitted video dating profiles. 

Anisha Joshi Dating Unlocked
Anisha Joshi host of Dating Unlocked
Anisha Joshi host of Dating Unlocked
Dating Unlocked host Anisha Joshi

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