The Daily 49er's managing editor Austin Brumblay shares his experience as a performer in Draglicious, hosted by Delta Lambda Phi.
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With her back to the audience, the red curtains gave way as a spotlight illuminated the tall figure of Lucinda Bianco. She batted her fake eyelashes under a voluminous, blonde wig as her long legs strutted into an act inspired by Lady Gaga. Nearly 200 people gathered to watch Bianco and her cohorts perform at California State University, Long Beach’s Beach Auditorium to watch brothers and friends of Delta Lambda Phi strut their stuff to raise funds during the eighth annual Draglicious on Friday. “Drag is a form of art; it’s a way for people to express themselves,” Delta Lambda Phi brother and event MC Juan Gonzales said. “It’s important for us to break the stereotypes and showcase drag as a way of art, and not something that people should be afraid of or judge.” Draglicious featured performers from various fields of the drag community. Foxie Adjuia channeled anime character Ryuko Matoi in red patent leather stilettos, a breast-bearing navy blue ensemble and an enlarged scissor blade. She lip-synched to her own mix of K pop, Japanese and American artists. “I want people to not only be entertained by it,” Adjuia said. “[They should] also be like, there is an