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Siv Ngesi accused of appropriating drag culture

Sivanna and Manila Von Teez (Instagram) News that fledgling drag star Siv Ngesi is appearing in a global fashion brand campaign as his alter ego Sivanna has sparked a fiery debate about the exclusion of queer drag performers. On Tuesday, Ngesi posted a photo of Sivanna on social media along with the comment: “Sivanna is a month a 2 days old and she’s already shooting with @adidasZA @WeAreIvyPark…” The actor, social media star and LGBTQ ally debuted Sivanna in spectacular fashion in January.

It was a persona he created with the help of Manila Von Teez, arguably South Africa’s leading drag artist. However, Sivanna’s apparent inclusion in a new ad campaign is being received a little less favourably by some members of the LGBTQ community.

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