DENVER — For 16-year-old Jameson Lee, the thrill of dressing up in drag is hard to describe.
“The feeling when I put on my wig is...there are no words for it,” says Lee, who performs under the name Ophelia Peaches. “It’s delightful, it’s humbling, it’s exhilarating. It’s everything, because when I put on my wig, I am Ophelia.”
Ophelia started performing in drag at 13 years old, but the persona was years in the making, dating back to dress-ups and tea parties with her sister about 10 years ago.
Ophelia recalls putting on a tiara during those dress-ups: “I’d run down the hallway like, ‘I’m the queen, I’m the queen!’" Now, she really is the queen.
“I’m stronger in drag,” Ophelia explains. “I’m not worried about people judging me because I have these gorgeous lashes to deflect their blows.”