Uconn, Storrs- This past weekend the Uconn LGBT club kicked off their yearly drag show “The Rainbow Showcase.” In past years the show has received minimal attention; only a select few students within the LGBT club know about it. With a low budget, and a lacking in promotional efforts, the show managed to receive substantial attention this weekend after being heralded in Uconn’s school paper as “The Drag Show of the year.” The success of this years Rainbow Showcase can be attributed to the most striking drag queen to have ever performed in Drag. Her name is Miss Mo.
Mohamed Abad, a Junior and Political Science major at Uconn Storrs, was born a male. He identifies as a male too, but he likes to participate in Drag. He identifies as homosexual, which is strictly prohibited in his culture and religion. Despite the stigmatization he was met with when coming to America, he maintained his homosexuality with flamboyant grace. He has been overwhelmed with pride “I came to America in ’04, and I never knew that people like me had a refuge. Here at Uconn we have a great LGBT community and it just makes me feel at home” he said to us in a recent interview.
Although he likes to be called by his real name, some of his closest friends know him as “Miss Mo.” Miss Mo is Mohamed’s Drag alter ego. This year he wished to publicize his sexuality and celebrate womanhood to help viewers better understand culture, heritage,and femininity. He did this by participating in the Rainbow Showcase.
His Drag costume was simple. He wore the cultural feminine gown of his heritage. The Burka.
The Burka is a full body cloak worn commonly by Muslim women. It has stood the test of time and has many references in the Qur’an. Miss Mo wanted to drive home the idea that commercialized femininity is simply a construct of Western culture. The idea that certain clothing makes a woman attractive, like leggings or the classic Marilyn Monroe style dress, are some of the misconceptions about female identity that Miss Mo wanted to eradicate. Her costume was so influentially diverse and culturally significant that she was featured in a New York Magazine article.
If you see her on campus, don’t be shy to call to her. Miss Mo.