We had the good fortune of connecting with GUIDØ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi GUIDØ, why did you pursue a creative career?
I perused my career in drag because it combined so many things I love into one art form, and I am the one that gets to execute It myself. Makeup, hair, performing, fashion, & being a personality we’re something I had always been interested in as a kid to be able to now showcase all these ideas I’ve had in my head and bring them to life to share with society is a dream come true.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It was never easy to be able to do drag growing up and even now money will always be a bit of an obstacle for drag. I grew up in a religious home where I wasn’t allowed to be interested in things like crossdressing or makeup so it was all very taboo for a long time. Maybe that’s what made me even more interested at the end of the day. Finding drag I’ve never felt more me and like I could truly express and be myself to a heightened extent I didn’t think existed for me. I’ve learned to never compromise who I am for other people. From there I’ve worked hard and long for almost 5 years hustling through nightclubs and bars since I was 18 years old. It’s a very competitive industry and not everyone is the nicest untill you show them why you belong. For my brand, Guido is the pastel polished princess of Los Angeles. Most of my looks contain alot of pastel colors, fur, feathers, crystals and high fashion. When people see me out it’s definitely not hard to recognize my style and who it is.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being very familiar now I would definitely take them out to nightlife in dtla such as “precinct” or “el Prado” followed by “mickys” In weho to get their opinion on which scene they find more fun or interesting. We would definitely have to hit the beach at Santa Monica and walk the pier and lay in the sand since not everywhere has beaches like us. We would go to saddle ranch in weho and buy very expensive drinks and drunk ride the mechanical bull they have there. Then throw a house party at my place will all my good judies so they get to meet the best of the best.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to dedicate my shoutout to my Gurlyz. (friends, drag collective) We’ve been doing this now for almost 5 years and we are all so different from each other but know how to come together to support and help when we need it. I don’t know where I would be now without the love and support from my drag sisters. I’ve never had a mother but with support like this from my community I’ve never needed one.
WAX photos Abie Gemini