Buff Faye is an avant-garde performer in the world of drag. She's won multiple pageants, such as Miss Crown Royal Rugby Pageant 2008 and Miss Scorpio Drag Idol 2010. The Southern belle has also worked to raise money for charities like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Time Out Youth, RAIN and Campus Pride. For a good time, you can find her hosting the Drag Brunch at Hartigan's Pub and Restaurant, which she describes as "Chucky Cheese and a drag show," as well as Drag-ssert at Crave Dessert Bar. For New Year's, she'll be celebrating at Bar at 316's Under the Big Top tent.
Creative Loafing: What is your favorite aspect of what you do?
Buff Faye: It's fun. It's raising money for good causes, and I enjoy doing that. I enjoy the creativity and the community. What Buff Faye does appeals to a broad audience, and I would say that at Crave Dessert Bar about 85 percent of our audience is straight people who are there just to have a good time. It's a fun way to enjoy yourself, as well as to gain exposure to an aspect of cultural diversity. Buff Faye is an entertainer; she loves to entertain, and in many ways she is like the Lady Gaga Drag Queen of Charlotte. She's very crazy in her outfits and what she does. You can't really expect her to come out in just a simple dress — she's known to wear bubble wrap or barbed wire, and anything else that she can make a dress out of, so it's quite fun.
Do you design a lot of your outfits?
Definitely, a lot of the outfits I make myself or I add to them and develop them. Even the music I use, we mix different songs and create original songs and music. We're trying to do something different. Anyone can be a drag queen and wear a dress and put on makeup and sing a song, but where you really start being an entertainer is when you start using creativity and really think of things in a different way that challenges people to look at drag from a different standpoint.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Buff Faye is really a mixture of the South. Her makeup is meant to be very bold, just like her long-lost sister, Tammy Faye, and she has a Southern accent. Her performance is a mixture of everything wild about country music mixed with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Beyoncé. She doesn't mind wearing something tight, but she really loves wearing outfits that are over the top and quite big, where you can't even fit in the room, like Lady Gaga.