Sophie Harris has an alter ego, and she’s a real piece of art.
The 26-year-old is also known as Venus Dimilo, finding belief in her performing talents and taking inspiration from the Greek statue with no arms.
Sophie was born with a disorder called TAR(thrombocytopenia absent radius) syndrome which means she too has no forearms.
Instead of letting this hold her back, she created the Venus Dimilo character to have fun and feel confident.
Venus’ party trick is an act featuring a masturbating T-Rex, with some fantastic makeup, wigs, and outfits thrown in to boot.
The first ever drag show Sophie watched was on a family holiday in Turkey aged 10. She says she fell in love with their flamboyance.
Although initially she was wary about getting into drag, once she learned more about female bodied (often known as bio-queens, although Sophie doesn’t use that term) and transgender queens, Venus was born.
She has since performed in London, Glasgow, and Liverpool, as well as her native Newcastle.
Venus is part of the Hoose of Cunny, which is made up of her friends and housemates Ill Health and, the mastermind behind most of her dresses, Opium.
Sophie says, ‘When you’re on stage and you see the audience react to what you do it’s validation for all the hard work that you’ve put into it, and it gives sort of like a power, like things you never think of doing normally and you see yourself doing it on stage.
‘It’s a very sort of out of body experience but in the best possible way.’
When she comes on stage for her T-Rex part, she brings on a dildo attached to a wooden stick as part of the joke. Sophie says, ‘that’s probably the most positive and loudest reaction that I’ve had to anything that I’ve ever performed.’
Her main goal is to inspire people, and show that she can change people’s minds about what they initially thought disabled people and women could do in the drag world.
Although she still gets criticism for being a woman in the drag world, it’s not going to stop her promoting inclusivity and open-mindedness on the drag scene.
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