Meet Central Michigan senior, Zachary Bach from Grand Blanc. Bach has been a Drag Queen for 1.5 years. This hobby and interest started from Bach’s love for his favorite TV show, Ru Paul’s Drag Race. His Drag persona is named, Lacey Grace.
“I always liked the name, Grace. Grace comes from Grace Kelly who is an actress in my all-time favorite movie Rear Window. I liked how Lacey rhymed with Grace,” states Bach.
Bach studies accounting here at Central Michigan University and works at the Meijer Pharmacy. Drag is currently something that Bach just does on the side and only every once in a while. Bach’s family has been supportive from the beginning and his mom has even gone shopping with and for him for clothes. His first dress ever was bought by his mother when Bach said he liked it in the store. Bach’s boyfriend of a year, Chis Ilgallon also supports Bach in his Drag journey. In his classes as a fun fact for syllabus week introductions, Bach usually states that he does Drag.
“After watching it (Ru Paul) for so long, I wanted to try and do it myself. My first time was for an amateur Drag Wars at Live in Ann Arbor. I didn’t look good and my wig was bad, but I performed really well and I surprised myself by performing really well and being in the finals,” Bach said.
Bach is still working on make-up for when he becomes Lacey Grace. The hardest thing he states he struggles with is the eyebrows. Bach informs that since men’s eyebrows are lower than females, Drag Queen’s glue their eyebrows up and then cover them with powered to increase the size of their eyelids and so that they can draw on exaggerated, feminine eyebrows.
Bach has met several Drag Queens who inspire him to continue being involved in Drag, most of these women were contestants on Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The primary time that Bach goes out in Drag is at Pride Night at Necto in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Drag is a way of expressing myself. It is kind of breaking away the facade of who we are every day. Being in Drag you can act differently than what society expects you to act,” Bach states.