That queen is Lilith LeFae. This native New Yorker has been wowing crowds across the five boroughs with her upbeat drag performances and disarming style over the last few years. The Best Of Everything New York (TBOENY) talked with Lilith about her drag beginnings, how she’s keeping in touch with the community during COVID-19, and what the future holds for one of New York’s most likable queens.
Lilith Lefae has come a long way since she donned her first pair of platform stilettos.. What started out as fun with friends has turned into a career as one of New York’s most beloved drag queens. As a teenage design student in Chelsea, Lilith always had a flare for fashion. After being influenced by the first season Rupaul’s Drag Race, Lilith decided to start honing her makeup skills in private, anticipating that one day her drag persona would make a public debut.
While out celebrating her birthday one storied evening, Lilith was spotted by New York drag superstar, Princess Bytch. Lilith was asked onstage for an impromptu performance of Lady Marmalade. That successful first performance was the catalyst for a new career. Lilith and Princess would soon be hosting New York’s premiere weekend kickoff party, Black Fridays. She then translated that success into winning the crown at the 2017 Miss Boots & Saddle pageant.
Part of Lilith’s appeal to New York crowds is that she always strives to give the audience what they want. She focuses on upbeat numbers to ensure a good time is had by all. As drag queens go, Lilith is down to earth and disarming. She makes audience members feel comfortable enough so that they are “in” on the show. When asked about her drag style, Lilith points out that while she marches to the beat of her own drum, she values the feedback of her drag family which includes such New York luminaries as Mocha Lite, Misty Meaner, Casey Caldwell, and the aforementioned, Princess Bytch.
During COVID-19, Lilith has taken to digital performances on instagram and streaming live on Twitch to stay connected to her fans. She admits that nothing can take the place of in-person performances but interacting with the community on social media and seeing how people have supported each other has kept her positive through the lockdown. Once New York eases its restrictions on public gatherings, Lilith looks forward to performing at her old haunts like Macri Park as well as some potential new venues she’s excited about.
Some of Lilith’s New York faves:
Best New York Bar: Macri Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Neighborhood vibe and the patrons are like family.
Best New York Pizza: Aneglo’s Pizza (103rd St in Corona, Queens). Best pepperoni slices.