Humza Mian aka Manghoe Lassi of Pakistani descent merges the cultures representing LGBTQAI for the South Asian community. Placing a drag scene, Toronto based veterinary technician sets a statement that falls under the charter’s allowance for freedom of expression. Humza Mian goes all out with his drag looks, spending hours getting dressed and the results are “fantabulous”!
The interview reveals more about Manghoe Lassi and his message to the Queer desi’s.
When did you started doing drag?
I started two years ago on Halloween with my boyfriend. It was initially just for fun, but we continued to play around with makeup afterwards and it’s become an important form of gender expression for both of us.
How long does it takes to put on a make up?
It can take me anywhere from 1-3 hours to complete a look. On days when I have time to chill and get ready, I take advantage of the time and take a few hours.
Humza Quotes on his Instagram,
Thank god my makeup has gotten better… LOL 😭😭 Bringing this back for #RVTmonth! Happy I can spend time celebrating my love for animals and medicine as a Registered Veterinary Technicians with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT), while still being able to explore my queerness through drag! I hope all my RVT friends are able to split their time discovering and enjoying their hobbies while maintaining a career as an RVT.
Does your passion ever conflicts with your regular job?
I am so grateful to have found a job in a hospital that is owned by a queer man, and the majority of the staff are queer as well. For that reason, my day-job and my love for drag can overlap and I have the full support of my co-workers. I am able to get ready for events at work some nights and head out knowing that I am supported on all sides. My day job is also a huge passion of mine too; I’ve loved animals since I was a young child and that compassion has carried into my adulthood and career.
How did you came up with this drag name?
I don’t really remember actually! But I’m sure it happened when I was at a restaurant because when I’m not working or doing drag, I’m pigging out!
Do you perform as a drag queen too?
I have yet to perform at a club as a drag queen (by choice), although I will eventually break the streak when I feel the time is right for my stage debut. I have done photoshoots and video shoots with local artists. I really enjoy modeling and serving it for the camera!
How important is expressing femininity in drag?
I was raised in a household that was full of women, so naturally, I acted feminine often throughout my childhood. I was forced to suppress my femininity by most of my elders. For this reason, it became so important to me to find a venue that I could channel that energy into as an adult. Drag, for me, is an outlet for my feminine energy and a way for my to combine my culture and my artistic expression.
What is inner beauty to you?
I define inner beauty as letting your true self, whatever that may be, shine! It doesn’t have to be open to the public; it can be anything that makes you happy and helps you live an authentic life. I think expressing my femininity and artistic talents are parts of my inner beauty that I enjoy sharing with the world.
Where do you see yourself in next five years?
This is such a tough question! I honestly don’t know. I can be very spur-of-the-moment at times so having a set plan can be difficult for me. I definitely was to continue with drag and/or makeup and bringing awareness to queer desi’s – I think the world needs to know that we exist and they need to get used to it. I’ll hopefully still be working at my day-time job as a Registered Veterinary Technician as well!