The first thing about drag that stands out to most people is its entertainment value and Zymone Gill’s show has that in abundance
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Sillapin Gill or “Zymone” (my drag queen name) and I’m 24 years old. I want to be recognized as an artist rather than a drag queen. I love doing many things as an entertainer, host, MC, rapper and artist. I have just released my first single on iTunes called Welcome to My World which is a hard-beat style hip-hop tune. The lyrics are about me and who Zymone is. My next single is out soon, followed by an album.
Let’s talk about drag queens…
Okay, Pangina Heals (host & judge of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season1) offered me my opportunity. We were in “Best Toei Thailand” competition together. I asked for a chance to perform and she agreed. The first time I performed was for free but a fantastic experience. I started and just kept going, mostly at Maggie Choo’s. Then, I had the chance to work at The Stranger Bar. I started to fall in love with the job, the performance aspect, and singing to the crowds.
Describe your drag queen life.
I think it is about the look. When I do extreme drag, I’m a tanned-skinned blondie with heavy makeup, like Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls.
What about the ‘coming out of the closest’ process?
I didn’t focus on that. Everything went naturally. It started when I was a little “twink” (young gay theme) and then it just became who I was. I started to take female-hormone pills when I was 18 years old and was dressing in female clothing and following a female style. Now it’s just who I am.
What’s the most important thing for a nightlife entertainer?
To make people happy. I perform to mixed crowds, and 40% of guests are people who have just finished work while 60% are there for a fun night out. Entertaining is about fun and happiness. And love, too. Love is so very, very important.
What’s the hardest thing about being a drag queen?
I was lost at first. I didn’t know how to be different from the other queens and was still finding my way. Jaja is a comedian queen. Meannie Minaj is a rapper queen. Kandy is a dancing queen. Every queen is unique. I was confused and mad at myself, and it took some time for me to finally figure out my own style.
How do you inspire people about art?
Through my performances. Song, dance, fashion, dress etc. I have two different characters I perform as but my friendliness and smile are the same.
Tell us the best thing about being a drag queen.
I have an opportunity to entertain people from all over the world which is just amazingly random. I feel really good about that, that’s why my first single is titled Welcome to My World. We have built our own community and connection with the audience. My single is available in France and is selling well. I am now building connections not just in Thailand, but internationally.
What does a nightlife entertainer do during the daytime?
Sleep! I practice my performance and write songs. I love music a lot. I always find inspiration around me and listen to what people say, overhearing conversations and then trying to create lyrics.
Your free time?
I love watching cartoons a lot. Please do not laugh. Really, now I watch My Little Pony and Teen Titans Go on Netflix. Usually, I follow Cartoon Network and I love Disney so much too! I find cartoons relaxing, a breakaway from performing and listening to hip-hop music at night while working.
Describe yourself in one word.
Love. Everyone who meets me will experience love from me.
Interview by Taylor Ounsiem