Sasha Velour speaks with Bedford + Bowery Our Artistic Director, Sasha Velour spoke to Bedford + Bowery about the evolution of his drag persona, VYM Magazine, and his monthly show, NIGHTGOWNS! Photo by Nicole Disser for B+B ‘I totally discovered this character through visual art, and that’s another reason why the magazine made sense– to me, there’s a really strong personal connection between visual art and drag,’ he explained. ‘I saw the parallels right away between this self-created identity you have with drag and the ability of a cartoonist or an illustrator to craft a whole world of living, breathing characters on the page, with like no money.’Drag was of course a fun outlet for Sasha, but it also became a form of serious artistic expression. ‘To some people “beauty” sounds really superficial, but to me, beauty is a way of interpreting and stylizing the world that lets you have power as a marginalized person,’ he explained. Read the whole piece here!