by Mark Thaler, Imperial Palace
She’s like a dream that you never want to end…she’s that captivating aura, a light that glows in the mist….she’ll leave you breathless, spellbound and yearning for more…she has a magical allure that will entrance you and pull you in with her endless beauty and timeless glamour…she’s your destiny…she’s your fate…..she’s our October Queen of the Month at Imperial Palace…she’s the eternal Destiny Fayte.
Destiny Fayte, aka John Jackson, is an independent drag performer in Springfield, Ohio who began doing drag as soon as she was old enough to get into clubs at the age of 18. Her early influence was people who wanted to see what she could do on stage in a dress! Her greatest influence is her friends that started her on this quest and believed she could be fierce. As it turns out, they were right!
Destiny has shared with us that she doesn’t do drag for the purpose of earning titles, but primarily to entertain.
She performs at a variety of places in Springfield, Dayton and Columbus, which include Why Not III, Diesel’s Bar and Nightclub, Masque, MJ’s Café, Axis and Southbend Tavern.
Destiny’s styles of drag include Broadway/Production, Camp, Fish, Hag Drag, High Drag, High Fashion/Couture, Impersonation, Pageant and she says her musical style all depends on the crowd. She began as a comedy queen, but she has extended her talent into rap, gospel, country, opera, folk, Latin, disco, pop, new age and her personal favorite, R&B!
Destiny Fayte is an avid and active fundraiser and community supporter. She does many benefits for HIV awareness, Muscular Dystrophy, the Children’s Network and Ronald McDonald House. She also helped with a fundraiser for the local youth baseball team in Springfield.
Drag means a lot to our Queen of the Month, who shares with us that, “Destiny has become part of my life and has molded me into the confident person I am today. When I get on stage I have that feeling of being somewhere else in a different time. I feel like a superstar. It sometimes is a way to get away from some of the harsh realities of life.”
For up and coming queens out there, Destiny Fayte says, “I have heard and seen so much disbelief and was told I would never be good and here I am having an article written about me! If drag is what you want to do then do and don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. Everyone starts somewhere and no matter if your makeup comes from Wal-Mart or MAC, or whether your costumes are custom-made or bought at a thrift store….everyone has to start somewhere.”
Oct 6th, 2013, she is competing in Mr. Ohio Gay Pride as John and in January 2014 is Destiny’s stepping down to Miss Diesels in Springfield, Ohio.
You can find Destiny Fayte on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/destiny.fayte