Get to Know: Chelazon Leroux

Article published at: Jun 8, 2023
Get to Know: Chelazon Leroux
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Chelazon Leroux is a Two-Spirit Dene First Nations Multidisciplinary Artist who appeared on season 3 of Canada’s Drag Race. She joined us to talk about drag, family, identity, jokes, and jewelry—all with their signature insight, glamour, and humour. You’re going to want to get to know Chelazon.

How did you get into drag? Did it feel like something you were always suited for? 
I got into drag after watching Rupaul’s Drag Race, season 6. I explored with makeup and wigs at first, it very quickly became a love of mine. I feel that drag came into my life at a time where I needed it, and I never questioned its presence, I suppose it was meant to be.   

Chelazon Leroux

You post a lot of hilarious videos. Can you talk a little bit about the role of humour in drag?
Humour is a central part of indigenous identity. It’s the way we connect, show love, and heal trauma. It just so happens to be a wonderful add on to drag as an art form.

Before finding drag, were there any aspects of life where you’d catch yourself performing?
As a young kid I would always dress up in Halloween costumes and find myself creating stories and entertaining an audience or just myself. I’ve always been an entertainer, from the start.

What do you think about when you’re styling a look for a drag performance? Is there any jewelry that helps you get ready and feel yourself?
I can be inspired by many things as a source reference. Whether that is a fabric, texture, or a beaded earring that will inform a whole concept on what the final look will be.

Chelazon Leroux

Are there any big differences between who you are on stage and who you are off stage?   
Chelazon is the microphone to the words I already speak, slightly louder, a bigger stage, and a lot more glamour.     

When do you feel most yourself?  
When I am at home, having dinner with my mother while she’s visiting. I’m lucky she has meetings in the city I live in, we always make it a point to catch up and eat good food.   

Chelazon Leroux

Tell us about your experience on Canada’s Drag Race. What was your favourite part?  
It was the most stressful, magical, and vulnerable part of my career. I think the gift I was given is that it meant so much to people across turtle island. The representation I gave to my peoples is all I could have hoped for.  

Chelazon Leroux

Are there aspects of drag that help you feel like you’re connecting, or reconnecting, with the history of Two-Spirit people within Indigenous culture?  
Drag and Two Spirit identity go hand in hand, not necessarily the same experience, but they’ve come together in my work of advocacy, education, and entertainment. For me the art of drag, and identity of Two-Spirit come together to tell a story and create a whole realized experience.   

Chelazon Leroux

 You talk a lot about being an Aunty, and aunties in general. Can you define what Aunty means to you?  

Aunty is an Indigenous woman who has taken part in raising you, not necessarily blood relations. But those women who showed you love, humour, and kindness, even when they are often dealt the toughest cards in life, they still manage to laugh and have a heart of gold.   

If you were a Sparkle colour, which would you be and why?  
I would be lavender, to me it’s calm, beautiful, and the midpoint between red and blue, a midpoint of a spectrum, something I feel closely as a Two-Spirit person. 

Chelazon Leroux