July 27, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

West Hollywood-based Singer VIZIN is Making Us Feel Mighty Real

Integers have long seemed to rule VIZIN’s life. Starting with the number that once represented her weight: 703. That’s right, at one point 703 pounds while depressively eating her way into a numbing coma after having to move back in with her parents in 2008 after a failed attempt at escalating her drag career while also working a “survival” job in Bismarck, North Dakota, VIZIN was most definitely at what they call rock bottom (plus, one imagines it isn’t exactly “a cinch” – no weight pun intended – to draw too much encouragement for drag in such a milieu.)

After VIZIN’s mother urged her to see a doctor who could perform gastric bypass surgery, thereby saving her from certain death as a result of obesity, the singer felt more than just a physical weight remove itself from her body. With her new look, VIZIN regained something in place of the pounds: confidence. And that self-assurance led her to, once again, showcase her gift as a chanteuse – one that revealed itself as early as twelve years old when, as she recalled, she “shocked the entire school when I sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ for a seventh-grade recital.” She added, “I remember some of my teachers telling me I had made them cry. After that, I just kept singing and knew I could always stand out that way. It was nice being known as a singer.”

Armed with a Native American background that adheres to the “two-spirit” philosophy – which refers to Native American tribes’ belief in a third gender, somewhere beyond and between male and female – VIZIN takes the stage with a “fake it until you make it” attitude. And, apparently, it’s that “fakeness” that’s gotten VIZIN back on track as one of the biggest names in drag right now. Need proof? Just check out the video for her latest single, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” with cameos from the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Manila Luzon and Mariah Balenciaga. VIZIN currently lives in West Hollywood, where children who loved to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” have flocked since time immemorial.

To be sure, she’s come a long way from the couch at her parents’, but that doesn’t mean VIZIN doesn’t still take the time to have a healthy sob fest, well, every day because, as she puts it, “I think it’s healthy. And when I’m feeling down I take the time to reflect. I like to have my moments of reflection to gather my thoughts. I reflect on the big picture.” And the big picture is: VIZIN’s got a bright future ahead.

Related Posts

WeHo Asking For Community Input On Naming Request to Rename the West Hollywood Library

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

The City of West Hollywood is conducting a community survey to solicit public input about a naming request to rename...

WeHo Heat Alert For Pets

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

The City of West Hollywood reminds human caregivers of canine companions and feline friends that high-heat days can be extremely...

City of West Hollywood Launches ‘Dockless Mobility’ Pilot Program

July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

City of West Hollywood Launches ‘Dockless Mobility’ Pilot Program with E-Scooters and E-Bikes from Bird, Lime, and Wheels. Starting July...

WeHo One City One Pride Kick-Off

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

On Saturday, May 22, 2021 the City of West Hollywood kicked-off its One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival.  A...

Pride Poets Poetry Hotline This Weekend

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

West Hollywood’s poet laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace and the Pride Poets team will be writing free custom poems this weekend in...

WeHo’s Public Art Exhibition ‘Meringue’ by Artist Kiduck Kim

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

The City of West Hollywood presents the public art sculpture installation “Meringue” by artist Kiduck Kim on display through July...

“WeHo Sounds” Free Virtual Concert Series

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

The City of West Hollywood kicks-off “WeHo Sounds”, a free Friday evening virtual concert series on June 18. Concerts will...

The Abbey Food & Bar Celebrates 30 Years

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

On May 23rd The Abbey Food & Bar celebrated 30 years since its founding in May 1991. The Abbey has...

West Hollywood Declares May 23rd “Born This Way Day”

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

The City of West Hollywood is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Lady Gaga’s hit song Born This Way by...

Drag Queen Bingo Supporting Ruff Patches

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Popular LGBTQ spot Hamburger Mary’s West Hollywood will be hosting its regular drag bingo to support Ruff Patches animal rescue. ...

VGL LA: Queer+ Draft Kickball League 2021

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Varsity Gay League is holding its annual Draft League held on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks.  Draft League means that...

Railway Service Coming To WeHo

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Metro rail service might be coming to the city of West Hollywood.  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)...

WeHo Announces David Wilson As Next City Manager

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

The City Council of the City of West Hollywood has announced its unanimous selection of David Wilson to serve as...

2021 Pride Announces “Thrive With Pride” Theme

May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021

LA Pride has announced its 2021 pride theme this year called “Thrive With Pride”.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in...

Trunks Bar In WeHo Officially Open

May 9, 2021

May 9, 2021

With Covid vaccinations on the rise in the state of California many businesses have begun reopening including WeHo gay bar...