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20 Questions: David Sewell aka Starla DaVinci, Charlotte
Updated: August 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Becoming a drag star wasn’t enough for David Sewell, so he became a drag starla instead. Starla DaVinci, that is. The 26-year-old Aquarius is a native Charlottean and popular member of the city’s vibrant drag scene. He tells 20 Questions that his favorite quote is: “Love of beauty is taste, the creation of beauty is art!” He also says he knows who would make an ideal boyfriend for Charlie Brown’s bestie, Linus Van Pelt. Keep reading to learn who the lucky toon is, as well as much more.
Which do you have more of in your home: tools or bobby pins?
Even though a queen can never have too many bobby pins, I have to say that my boyfriend has an extensive tool collection that includes many power tools. He wins this round.
Did you play any organized sports growing up?
When I lived in Okinawa, Japan there were soccer tryouts at my high school and, as I do most things, I jumped in head-first with my eyes closed. I somehow made it onto the junior varsity team. I was good, but there were no “Rudy” moments.
If blondes have more fun, what do brunettes have more of?
Blondes do not have more fun; they just get more attention! Trust me, I change the color of my wig all the time.
How do these films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “The Breakfast Club,”“Fight Club,”“The First Wives Club,”“The Joy Luck Club”?
“Wives” is definitely first. I love anything with Bette Midler singing in it; Diane Keaton is one of my favorite actresses and you have to adore Goldie Hawn. Anyone who could push Kate Hudson out of her lady parts and deal with her for 18 years is my hero! “Breakast” is second and the others I haven’t seen.
Do you know by heart the number of days in each month?
Not at all — but I know something about the second Sunday of each month. It’s the day of my new show at Marigny, called “Glamazar Sundays.” The club will open at 3 p.m. with the show starting at 5 p.m. Wink.
Which Olympic sport had the hottest male athletes overall?
This is a sticky situation, but I think it’s no secret that Danell Leyva of the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team was sent here by the Goddess Cher to bring the world together in admiration of all the hot iPhone pics he takes of himself.
How would you finish this sentence: “I have a booking tonight so I have to be sure to…”
“…live in the moment.” When I’m onstage I ask myself, “How can I make this about the audience and I?” In the performance industry you are only as good as your last show. To be good, you must be present and in the moment for every beat of the show.
Who were the first three musical acts you saw in concert?
The first one was unforgettable! I was in first grade when my mother took me to Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour. Then there was Hanson at a festival uptown. The next concert was Cher when I was 16!
Can you spell your own name in sign language?
Yes, I can. It’s about the only thing I know how to say besides “thank you” and “beautiful.”
What’s the first item of clothing you put on in the morning?
I sleep naked and have for years! The first thing I grabbed this morning was a clean pair of boxers for some reason. Usually I wear briefs all the time.
Have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey”?
No, although I’ve been meaning to. I want to know what in gay hell that skanky Anastasia Steele lets that (un)Christian Grey character do to her. With a spatula at one point, I hear!
What is your favorite variety of bean?
It would have to be the soybean. Actually, soybeans have given my digestive system new life, if you know what I mean. Hint: Never bounce back and forth between whole milk and soy milk. It only leads to trouble at inopportune moments. Trust me.
Have you ever lost your wig onstage?
Countless times. I used to have an ex-boyfriend who would tell me every time I left for a show, “Don’t get drunk and lose your wig!”
Who was your “WTF was I thinking” celebrity crush?
When I was younger, I remember thinking Brad Pitt in “Interview With The Vampire” was the hottest guy I had ever seen. Now I look at that man and think WTF!?
Mashed potatoes, fried potatoes or potatoes au gratin?
My boyfriend was raised in Ireland, so you know potatoes are a staple at the Haus of DaVinci. With my mother working at The Diamond [Restaurant] most of my life, mashed potatoes have always been my favorite — and I love the soy variety they have now.
Have you ever assembled a model of any sort?
I put together a couple of toy train sets when I was younger. I secretly had hopes that if I showed my mother I could do it, she might cave and get me Barbie’s Dream House, which also required assembly.
Which pageant category is your strongest?
Talent has always been my strongest category. In case you were wondering, it’s not coincidence that all of my routines have the same theme of being an outsider.
How many albums do you own by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, added together?
Katy Perry’s albums have no room on the shelf beside my dear Mother Monster’s three CDs and even more reference materials. Rihanna, on the other hand, I have loved since “Pon De Replay” and have four of her albums.
Which two of the following would make the best couple: Tommy Pickles, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Bart Simpson, Linus Van Pelt?
Tommy Pickles is my homie and he needs someone he could stay with for a long time. Linus is definitely the right choice. He would keep Tommy safe and out of trouble with his security blanket. Bart and Bamm-Bamm are way too violent.
If you had the power to replace Barack Obama as president with any other living person, would you?
Not a chance! President Obama has publicly committed to his stance for broader equality and has passed legislation benefiting the LGBT community. The Democratic National Convention coming to our city the same year is a gift to our community. : :
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