If you’re looking at the onslaught of news today just wishing for a positive headline for a change, look no further than this vibrant youth who is living his best life and wants to share it with the world. Nemis Golden (AKA Lactatia) has been dressing in drag and gaining public attention at shows and online since he was seven. The nine-year-old from Montreal was inspired by watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with his sister and wanted to emulate those “fearless queens.”
“All those queens know that there are haters and there are non-haters and I just try to block out all the hate and just focus on all the people who are supportive of Lactatia,” Golden said on Your Morning. He preaches the same message as his alter ego, encouraging others to “do what they want in life” and remember “it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.”
Lactatia posts his stunning looks on Instagram — where he boasts over 23,100 followers — and his skills don’t end with his makeup and style. Lactatia has some killer dance moves that will make your knees hurt, but impress you nonetheless. Is there an age restriction on Drag Race? Because we’re pretty sure this kid could blow all the other queens out of the water.
And it would appear that RuPaul himself agrees. Lactatia met his idol at last year’s DragCon where he also defended his (and his parents’) decision to pursue drag.
“Drag is an all-ages thing. Drag should be an all-ages thing,” he said, “Some people consider it provocative. It’s not inappropriate. It’s not provocative and it’s not something parents should be afraid of if their kids do it. I think it’s very fun and it makes me feel very good about myself.”
Mother and personal makeup artist Jessica Golden agrees.
“Since he’s been a toddler, he’s just taken up all this space, he’s got a really big personality,” she said, “He was just performing all the time. So I think pretty much when he was born we knew that he was special, just how he interacted with us and how he interacted with other people. He was always in performance mode.
“In him watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and seeing these drag queens and seeing that this is a very legitimate form of art and performance, I think he saw that and was like, ‘Wow, I get to be a million things all at once.'”