Aurora Sexton was raised by drag queens as a teen and is now sharing her moving story of success

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Aurora Sexton is a trans woman and drag queen from Los Angeles currently performing in Provincetown, Massachusetts who's known for dressing up as classic villains and giving them a positive, witty spin. She's high respected by her peers for her craft and performance, but life hasn't always been golden.

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It’s been an honor to share the stage with you @hcshirley @gardenwitchbitch living our 80’s fairytale fantasies for the last 6 weeks. Our final show of the season HEXED plays tonight 7pm @postofficecafeandcabaret #ptown #provincetown #hexed
You’ll never meet a kinder queen than @missctoronto ❤️ Thank you for your friendship and support, please go see her brilliant show TV LAND playing all summer at the Art House here in Provincetown. AND GET THIS WOMAN ON DRAG RACE CANADA! #missconception #dragracecanada #ptown #provincetown #sisterssupportingsisters
Always find your light ✨ #showtime #girlslikeus #transisbeautiful 📸 @directordonato
A queen needs her coins 👸🏼👑 Please come put some money in my bank account 💰💰💰 HEXED plays tonight 7pm @postofficecafeandcabaret #ptown #provincetown 📸 @rozziechris 👗 @troycford
🇺🇸 @flotus here wishing you great birthday America! I’m smiling inside! Really! #happy4th #independenceday #firstlady #melaniatrump #help
Do I look like someone who would try to poison you? 🍎☠️🍎 HEXED plays tomorrow and Sunday (my birthday) at 7pm @postofficecafeandcabaret #evilqueen #ptown #provincetown #hexed
🍎APPLES FOR SALE🍎 The hag returns tonight to slay @lizalott in HEXED playing at the @postofficecafeandcabaret 7pm tickets available at the box office or online www.postofficecabaret.com #hexed #ptown #provincetown #snowwhite #evilqueen #hag #apples #fairytales #adultsonly #poison #olderwomen #makeup #transformation #transisbeautiful #girlslikeus #transactress #wickedwitch #evil #sorceress #magic
I can not describe how warm, kind, engaging and generally awesome this woman is! After the show we shared some very special moments with @paulaabdul and then danced the night away at @theabbeyweho 💃🏼 Every time I questioned myself, if I made the right move out here, if I could make it in this town was answered last night 🤩 Thank you @maccosmetics for the amazing opportunity. You were right @jeniferlewisforreal you have to ask! 🙏🏼#manifest #dreams #paulaabdul #hollywood #pride #mac #vivaglam
🐆 Lovely In Leopard 🐆 Presentation look for Drag Queen Of The Year 👑 Catsuit/ Mask & Airbrush @troycford Mohawk Construction @timmywilly Stoned & Slaved over by @callitodeh @nicholasmonaco @keepingupwithwill85 #dqoy #leopardprint #mydrag #girlslikeus #costumedesign #catsuit
🦁 Cersei Lannister, you deserved better. @iamlenaheadey Thank you for 8 years of delicious wickedness and reinventing the evil queen to depths unimagined. We stan thee forever. First of her name, Queen of the Andals and the first men, protector of the 7 kingdoms. Long may she reign 👑 On set for my new comedy HEXED coming to @postofficecafeandcabaret this summer #got #gameofthrones #gameofmones #cerseilannister #houseoflannister #cersei #evilqueen #evilregals #wino #winelover #lovemybrother #hbo #cosplay #fantasy #whatwig #royal #ironthrone
❤️🌹SHE IS COMING🌹❤️ The Queen Of Hearts takes the stage tonight in HEXED playing at @postofficecafeandcabaret 7pm ticket link in bio #redqueen #bloodyqueen #ptown #provincetown #aliceinwonderland #alice #wonderland #evilqueen #ketolife #mydrag #transactress
Bye @victoriassecret 👋🏼 You can keep your trans/ plus size shame, we can serve our own runway Fantasy with plenty of other designers! Missing these beautiful wings made by the super talented @redaggio bodysuit by me #angel #runway #transawareness #victoriassecret #icanfly #girlslikeus #transisbeautiful #transrightsarehumanrights #transmodel #transactress #transwoman
It sure was a beautiful and productive day! Hope you had a great one too 😃 Earrings: @beckermanolo Top: @forever21 Hair: @willithier85 Grill: @snowteethwhitening #girlslikeus #transwoman #transisbeautiful #hollywood #businesswoman
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Sexton was born in Colorado, raised by a single mother and her grandmother, and says she had to grow up fast. Trans was not something people understood or talked about as openly as they do today, and it was difficult, she explained.

When she was 13 years old, she left home and drag queens took her in. "They taught me how to do makeup, how to walk and strut and be fabulous," she said. For decades, she found she was able to release her creativity through competing in pageants, and it wasn't until later that she decided to go a different route. 

Today, Sexton's show is called "Hexed" and it's a fairytale puppet show. She describes it as "Avenue Q meets fairy tale hell." The characters she plays in her show range from an evil queen to Maleficent to a catty-pillar (a play on caterpillar), with a voice inspired by Wendy Williams.

"When I was a little kid I was obsessed with villains. To me, villains were always the most fabulous and the most interesting, They were always dressed impeccably. They were funny and quirky and grand, and all the things I wanted to be some day," Sexton said.

Although there has been some controversy on the topic of trans women in drag, that doesn't stop Sexton from pursing her passion. She's learned to channel all of her life experiences, both passionate and emotional, into her art and credits her family and friends for pushing her to be her very best.

"I like to think that what I present, the art that I bring, inspires others and makes their world just a little more colorful and magical. I'm a risk taker—it's about standing out and being unique and doing things that nobody else is willing to even try."

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I’ve been having such a good time at @onlyatthecrown with my new show #readytobecommitted that I forgot to post about it! 😱 Tonight is show 3 and is SOLD OUT! It’s gunna be another great #Ptown summer!!! I would highly suggest getting advanced tickets! EDIT: THE POSTER IS LYING IM HERE UNTIL SEPT 2 NOT AUG 2ND!!! Reprints in progress 😂
My brand new one woman show, Ready To Be Committed, opens in one week!! Come see me in NYC @thebeechman and then head up to Provincetown and see it again and again! For tickets and information head over to www.bendelacreme.com/events (Link in bio) #bendelacreme #readytobecommitted
With the gorgeous and talented ladies of Illusions! Im lucky to rub elbows with these gals in the dressing room night after night at @onlyatthecrown and tonight I was even LUCKIER to see their full show! Adore these women! @roxypopsqueen @paytonstjames @lakiamondale @billiebeetem
Opening weekend of #ReadyToBeCommitted in NYC was a smashing success!! I couldn’t have done it without these fellas by my side! Thank you @thekevinheard for always going the extra mile to make these productions come together and @gus_lanza for not only handling every task and logistic, but also handling ME when I’m at my kookiest. Two shows have been added but might already be sold out idunno JUST TRY! OR come see me in Ptown at @onlyatthecrown through Labor Day!
Look who came to see my new solo show #ReadyToBeCommitted in #Provincetown tonight! We look stunning in white. 😍😍 #bearweek #ptownbears #ptown2019
Thanks so much to @billboard and especially Joe Lynch, for a great sit-down about my brand new solo show, READY TO BE COMMITTED! (Link to the interview in bio) Caftan by: @the_mugwumpus Hair by: @bobbiepinzdotcom Photo by: Jessica Xie for @Billboard
Drag Becomes Her is in full swing and I’m having the best time kikiing with @thepeacheschrist And hitting @thejinkx with a shovel.
Sorry everyone but @briansimspa came to my show tonight in Ptown and we got married and now I’m the First Lady of Pennsylvania and he’s off the market. #vote #prep #hivprevention #ReadyToBeCommitted #bendelacreme #bearweek
It made my heart go twinkle stinkle to have @sashavelour and @johnny.velour at #ReadyToBeCommitted tonight - thanks for coming sweet baby boos! 👗 @the_mugwumpus
Too long since I’ve had the chance to catch up with my @rupaulsdragrace season 6 sister @gia_gunn - how is she though? Delightful. Truly one of the sweetest peeps.
Oh nothing just DEE CUTEST #dragbecomesher shirts featuring @thepeacheschrist @thejinkx and MEEEE. Get ‘em at our UK shows this month (hope you already bought a tick cuz we’re almost sold out) or possibly peacheschrist.com if you’re good. Please to clock: my edgy nail-on-every-other-finger look.
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