When a little boy by the name of Vincent Garcia told his mother his dream, she decided she was going to everything in her power to make it happen – even if it was unorthodox. Because 33-year-old mom Elizabeth Leyva wanted to encourage her little boy to express himself honestly and truthfully, she helped Vincent become a drag queen. Although he is just nine-years-old, Vincent is now performing as a drag queen under his alter-ego DunkaShay Monroe.
Vincent debuted his drag queen persona at the Los Angeles Pride month to much support and applause. People loved seeing the little boy expressing himself although he was doing it in a way that was a lot different than all the other little boys his age.
One of the reasons Vincent was inspired to become a drag queen was because he loves watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The show is a reality television show competition that puts drag queens against each other in the bid of becoming superstars.
Elizabeth hopes that her son can be a pioneer in fighting gender stereotypes. Because most people cringe at the idea of a little boy dressing in drag, she hopes her son can show people that it is normal.
Elizabeth said, “My message to other parents is not to be afraid of letting your children show you who they are. People dismiss children a lot and tell them they don’t know what they want and are too young to understand – but they have their own minds, just like everyone else.”
Because her son has a different passion than a lot of other boys his age, she sees him as a pioneer, as someone stretching the boundaries of what is and what is not taboo.
“The worst thing you can do is shut them down and be small-minded. At the end of the day, you should love and support your children 100 percent, regardless of whether they want to be a doctor, a cop or a drag queen,” she said.
Vincent is not Elizabeth’s only child. She shares two other sons, 7-year-old Xzavier and 5-year-old Abraham with her partner Nick, 34. Elizabeth never wants Vincent to feel like he has to “hide who he is.” She encourages self-expression.
“From having three sons, I know 100 percent that Vincent is sure of who he is,” she said. “We have never pressured him or pushed anything on him. Everything he does, he comes up with himself. We’d never want him to hide who he is and are so proud of what an amazingly strong child he is.”
DunkaShay Monroe may be new on the drag queen scene, but Vincent hopes to take his drag alter-ego to great heights. Vincent was always excited about fashion and makeup. His mother indulged his interest at the age of two.
“He’s always been into fashion. He, to this day, carries around a little notebook with him where he’ll draw doodles of things he likes,” she said. “The first proper thing he drew was a pair of heels. Then he started drawing dresses too and asking for Barbie dolls as presents, so he could style their outfits. We wanted him to express himself freely and, as he was so young, didn’t want to say anything was strictly for girls or boys.”
She said, “Whether he asked for cars and action figures or dolls and makeup, we’d get them for him to help him explore and work out who he was.”
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