Meet Candy Sterling, a fierce drag queen at night and a corporate professional by day

Behind the Drag aims to showcase the off-stage lives of some of America's most talented drag queens. The intimate series gives us the opportunity to meet the people behind our favorite over-the-top drag queens. Check back every Friday this summer to meet someone new!

By day, he's Jeff Sterling, living in Manhattan and working in marketing for a global skincare brand. By night, she's Candy Sterling, a fierce drag queen taking over the drag scene in Brooklyn.

"A lot of people see it as me definitely living a double life," Sterling said. "Being able to liberate myself through nightlife and through performance, I'm able to bring that same energy back to work and come up with really creative ideas and feel liberated in the office as well. And so it gives me that balance."

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Candy Sterling out and about
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✨NIGHT WORK✨
🐴LOVES TO LAUGH🐴 photo by @santiagraphy at @studiosterling ❤️
🧪RADIOACTIVE🧪 Missing the @becutebk stage 💚 Photos by @marohagopian ✅ Hair by @blakevulgamott 🔫
🌗NIGHT WORK🌓 Sipping tea at the last @studiosterling 🔥 NEXT STUDIO 2/16 ⭐️ Photo by @lexysviews for @gayletter 📸 More pics on Gayletter.com 💎
💽PRIVATE GIRL💽
❄️LOVES TO SKI❄️
AYO SIS 🔥 Thanks for the kind words before I took the stage @ajathekween ❤️ #Bushwig2018 📸 by @tdcm82295 🦋 My hair by @headnyc
A family that slays together stays together 💎#HouseOfSterling #Bushwig2018 🌈 Hair for Tiffany and me by @headnyc 💖
📸 by @jay.kay.bro at #FakeNudes ❤️🔥
Ladies and gentlemen, Bucket Sterling! 🗑🌟
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Sterling was introduced to the world of drag through dance. He grew up training in jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop and theater and eventually danced backup for a friend who was a drag queen. But he admits he was envious, and although it took him a few years to get the guts, he eventually decided to go for it.

He credited his mom as his inspiration and a huge source of support. She was the first person to help put him in drag and taught him everything from contouring to overdrawing the lips. 

"Candy's about a two hour project start to finish, starting with a bucket of self-tanner from head to toe and finishing off with a pair of 301 lashes and a sickening lip liner," Sterling said.

As for Candy's style, she's a minimalist in that she wears minimal clothing. And although nice on the inside, looks mean and fierce on the outside. She also takes inspiration from the late '70s in NYC. 

"Disco for me is all about liberation, excitement, joy," Sterling said. "What I really take from disco in that era is really more of a feeling and this energy that existed in New York at that time. It's this outlet where I'm able to express myself, to story tell, to celebrate all of these things that I love about the queer community and about drag and about queer culture and history. It's this perfect culmination of everything that spoke to me and inspired me."

You can watch Candy's full story on this episode of Behind the Drag at the top of the page.

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Pride 2019: Photos from around the world
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Pride 2019: Photos from around the world
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Actress Alia Shawkat is seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: A participant at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: Participants at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: Gloria Allred participates in the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: TV personality Ariana Madix seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: People carry a huge rainbow flag during the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Gloria Allred seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2019/06/09: A participants at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California. The 49th annual gay pride parade includes a music festival and a parade that draws large crowds. (Photo by Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants kiss at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09: Participants seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)
Thousands attend the annual Philly Pride Parade celebrating the LGBTQI Community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in Philadelphia, PA, on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands attend the annual Philly Pride Parade celebrating the LGBTQI Community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in Philadelphia, PA, on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Thousands attend the annual Philly Pride Parade celebrating the LGBTQI Community and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, in Philadelphia, PA, on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Playing Frankenfurter from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Lauren Montgomery, 34, rides in a truck making its way through the procession during the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Kevin Wainczak, 22, of Plymouth, Michigan, waits to march alongside other participants during the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Members of the Allstate Insurance Company walk through the streets during the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 09: Members of Groove Entertainment and other participants relax on the side of a building before the Motor City Pride Parade on June 9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 8: Travis Roe, AKA Sister Sandra Music, of the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, arrives at the Boston Pride Parade on June 8, 2019. Boston Prides 49th march for LGBTQ equality is expected to be the largest in Pride history with more than 430 contingents, 45,000-50,000 participants and over 750,000 spectators. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 8: Members of Hopedale Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) cheer at the start of the Boston Pride Parade on June 8, 2019. Boston Prides 49th march for LGBTQ equality is expected to be the largest in Pride history with more than 430 contingents, 45,000-50,000 participants and over 750,000 spectators. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A crowd of people cheer on those participating in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A couple kisses after getting engaged as they participate in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: Sen. Paul Strauss, D-N.Y., throws a necklace into the crowd as he participates in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A crowd of people cheer on those participating in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: A man reaches over a fence to grab a piece of candy thrown to the crowd in the Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday June 8, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 8: Spectators watch the annual Capital Pride Parade which takes place in Washington, D.C., June 8, 2019. Representatives and members of more than 200 organizations marched the 1.5-miles-long route throughout Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods. The parade was organized by Capital Pride Alliance with the intention to "celebrate, educate, support, and inspire" about the LGBTQ community. This year Capital Pride also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which is considered the beginning of the gay rights movement. (Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - 2019/06/08: Thousands of people march at the annual Gay Pride Parade in Rome. (Photo by Leo Claudio De Petris/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - 2019/06/08: Thousands of people march at the annual Gay Pride Parade in Rome. (Photo by Leo Claudio De Petris/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People take part in the LGBT Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. June 8, 2019. (Photo by Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A crowd marches through Warsaw during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: Mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski speaks in support during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A lesbian couple holding their hands during the Equality March. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: LGBT people perform on a truck platform during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson dances with other members of the city council at Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade as it travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: Marchers and spectators mix and mingle as Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: LGBT people perform on a truck platform during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: Two gay man pose in "Warsaw Pride" t-shirts during the Equality March. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A man waves a huge rainbow flag during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson dances with other members of the city council at Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade as it travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
WARSAW, MAZOWIECKIE, POLAND - 2019/06/08: A young man poses with a rainbow flag and a cat mask during the Warsaw Pride. The Equality March also called the Warsaw Pride parade, brought thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw, at the time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. (Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: Marchers and spectators mix and mingle as Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: New York State Attorney General Letitia James joins marchers and spectators at Brooklyn's annual Gay Pride Parade as it travels down the narrow street of 5th Avenue on June 8, 2019 in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 08: People march in the annual Gay Pride parade,on June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Simona Granati - Corbis/Getty Images,)
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