Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Empsall.
Hi Jordan, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My journey with drag is pretty cliché at the beginning. In 2018, I was obsessed with watching RuPaul’s Drag Race & was wondering if I could do that. After ordering all my makeup supplies off of Amazon because I was still embarrassed & nervous to go into a cosmetics store, I was hiding away in my room doing makeup looks & it was rough! It never turned out the way I was envisioning & I just kept getting frustrated & felt defeated so I stopped doing it for a long period of time. After accepting that this doesn’t happen overnight, it took lots of practice & dedication to be the bearded queen that LiberTea is.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
After stepping away, I realized I couldn’t stop thinking about it & how much fun I really had with it. I focused more & accepted that it was a learning process. By the time 2020 came around, I had began to slowly dedicate my life to drag & was hyping myself up for open stage performances. I was planning on my first stage performance being on March 22nd, 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled which ultimately led to me posting on social media videos of me lip-syncing & showing the improvement of my looks & confidence throughout the pandemic. Luckily, I was able to finally preform on stage in June 2021 as well as appearing in the “Nashville Drag Excellence” video produced by BitchFit & Femnasty777.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a 26-year-old drag queen who goes by the stage name LiberTea (Lady LiberTea, LiberTea Del Rey). For those who don’t know, Drag is an art form which specializes & emphasizes makeup skills, lip-syncing skills, dance skills, as well as self-expression. I have had people approach me saying that they will either know me from seeing me on social media whether it be my main profile or tagged in someone’s content.
100% what I am most proud of with my short career is finally being able to perform on stage after going through so many obstacles with the Covid pandemic. It was a huge dream of mine & to finally fulfill that was so exciting!
An obvious part that sets me aside from others is the facial hair. I am a bearded drag queen so I keep the facial hair while doing the rest of my makeup as well as my drag body, costumes, & wigs. Also being plus-sized & throwing padding on top of that, you really won’t be able to miss me!
Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
Countless makeup tutorials on YouTube, I wish there was one specific video I could state but everyone’s facial shapes are different so pulling little bits from all the videos to create the monster you want is the best way to go about it! Learning from other drag queens, whether they be local or famous. is a great resource. My biggest resource & help has been from my drag parent, Piranha Del Rey. They have guided me from my starting point of doing my own makeup all the way to my first performance. They’ve given advice on makeup, hair, shoes, styling, performance tactics, & lots of pep talks when needed, whether that be personal or drag.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://linktr.ee/Theladylibertea
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theladylibertea/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Empsall95/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsladylibertea
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