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Lady Red Couture (1977–2020), cohost of YouTube show “Hey Qween!”

by Linnea Crowther

Lady Red Couture was a comedian and singer who cohosted the popular YouTube show “Hey Qween!”

Drag performer and cohost

Couture was a beloved member of the Los Angeles drag scene and a mentor to younger drag performers, performing at clubs including Hamburger Mary’s. Couture, whose real name was Kareemia Baines, identified as a transgender woman and maintained her drag persona at all times. Standing 7’2” in heels, she called herself “the largest live-singing drag queen in captivity.” She began cohosting the LGBTQ-focused talk show “Hey Qween!” with Jonny McGovern in 2014.

Couture on her drag style

“My whole goal in drag is to blend everything. To blend drag, burlesque, and live singing. I have never seen a girl do that and I would love to be the first to do that.” —from her season six interview for “Drag Race”


What people said about her

Full obituary: The New York Times

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