Lady Red Couture was a comedian and singer who cohosted the popular YouTube show “Hey Qween!”
- Died: July 25, 2020 (Who else died on July 25?)
- Details of death: Died in Los Angeles of complications of cyclic vomiting syndrome at the age of 43.
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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