Last Saturday, Lady Red Couture, a staple of the Los Angeles drag community, died. Jonny McGovern, who co-hosted the long-running show “Hey Qween” alongside Lady Red Couture, announced the news on his social media.
“It doesn’t feel real but the beautiful light that was Lady Red is gone,” he wrote. “I love you baby. I will miss you every day.”
A week prior McGovern had posted to social media that he had rushed Lady Red to the hospital due to complications with cyclic vomiting syndrome, a chronic condition that the performer suffered from.
On social media, many in the drag and nightlife communities as well as entertainment in general have posted tributes. On Hey Qween, McGovern and Lady Red interviewed many RuPaul’s Drag Race alum and other talented people.
Outside of Hey Qween, Lady Red was a LA staple. She worked at venues like Hamburger Mary’s and developed a reputation for being the “largest live-singing drag queen.” She also helped to produce drag shows.
“My whole goal in drag is to blend everything,” she said in her audition tape for Drag Race season six. She had previously tried to get on the show in season three. “To blend drag, burlesque, and live singing. I have never seen a girl do that and I would love to be the first to do that.”
Lady Red was also known for her positivity, helping to mentor and mother many other performers. In one of Lady Red’s last video messages on Instagram she spoke to the moment we are all currently in.
We all will miss the epitome of fierce energy and delight, Lady Red Couture. Her beautiful smile and gracious nature will always stay in our heart.
Rest in power, queen! Our condolence to Johnny McGovern, her friends and family.
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