Pop Goes The News — Toronto is no longer home of the world’s oldest drag queen.
Nine months after honouring 84-year-old Michelle DuBarry, Guinness World Records has bestowed the title on Darcelle XV, an 85-year-old drag queen in Portland, Oregon.
DuBarry, the alter ego of Russell Allread, was named the world’s oldest performing drag queen last year thanks to the efforts of friend and marketing expert Max MacDonald.
Allread began performing drag in the early 1960s as Anita Modé and made DuBarry an icon on Canada’s drag scene.
DuBarry found out about the Guinness honour last November and received the official certificate in January.
But, after learning that DuBarry was given the record, Portland’s Doyle Stiles contacted Guinness about Darcelle XV, the alter ego of Walter Cole.
Cole started doing drag when he was 37 and still performs several times a week.
Darcelle XV got word from Guinness last week that she is now officially the world’s oldest performing drag queen.
“It’s wonderful! What an honour,” Darcelle XV told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “And guess what? I don’t even mind being called old.”
DuBarry will still be listed as the record holder in the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records book, which comes out next month. She also enjoyed national media coverage after receiving the title and is the subject of a still-unfinished documentary by Carolyn Kelly.
In January, DuBarry told the Toronto Sun: “The idea of being known around the world is mind-boggling. I’m wrapping my head around it.”