Juno Birch

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Juno Birch
Juno Birch for Vogue Taiwan.jpg
Birch in March 2020
Born (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 28)
Manchester, England
OccupationDrag queen, sculptor, YouTuber
Years active2018–present
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2019–present
Subscribers384,000[1]
Total views21,868,655[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019

Updated: 24 April 2021

Juno Birch (born 25 December 1993) is an English drag queen, sculptor, and YouTuber.[2] She began performing in drag professionally in late 2018 and has since received significant media attention for her work.[3]

Birch is known for her YouTube channel and for her unique drag aesthetic, which features pastel "alien skin" (typically blue or pink), yellow hair, and retro sunglasses.[4] In 2020, GQ called her "one of the country's most interesting drag queens".[5]

In addition to working as a drag queen, Birch creates and sells ceramic sculptures that "blur the lines between masculine and feminine attributes".[6]

Early life[edit]

Birch was born in Manchester on 25 December 1993,[7] and grew up in Frodsham and Runcorn.[8] She is a trans woman and first came out around the age of 13 or 14, before starting hormone replacement therapy at age 16.[3] She underwent gender confirmation surgery in 2015 to alleviate her gender dysphoria.[9]

Career[edit]

In a video created with Vogue, Birch said that the first time she painted her face was in school around the age of 13 when she was portraying the Joker, wearing "bright white make-up and massive red lips", in drama class at school.[10]

Birch began performing in drag professionally in December 2018.[3] She described her drag persona as a "Martian spy woman, meets The Muppets, meets 1960s housewife, meets Squidward, meets The Fifth Element, the sixth element, the seventh element... all the elements darling."[11] Birch is known for her unique drag aesthetic, which features pastel "alien skin" (typically blue or pink), yellow hair, and retro sunglasses.[4] In 2020, GQ called her "one of the country's most interesting drag queens".[5] Her work and her social media have attracted significant media attention and she has collaborated with other artists, such as Alexis Stone and Trixie Mattel.[12][13]

In addition to working as a drag queen, Birch creates and sells ceramic sculptures. She creates pieces that depict an exaggerated version of her drag character, often featuring details like Adam's apples, overdrawn lips, big hair, exposed breasts, beard stubble, and square jawlines "to blur the lines between masculine and feminine attributes".[6] Birch said that, sometimes, she creates a concept for a look by sculpting it before attempting the look on her own face and body.[10] Dazed described her work as "retro-futuristic sculptures in an array of pastel colours."[12]

On her YouTube channel, she primarily records herself as she plays The Sims, does makeup tutorials, and collaborates with other artists and drag queens.[5] Birch is also popular on Instagram, where she has amassed more than 554,000 followers.[14]

In March 2021, Birch announced her international tour "Attack of the Stunning" featuring fellow drag queen Liquorice Black.[15] Locations include the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia.

Influences[edit]

Birch's influences include Twiggy, The Smurfs, Mommie Dearest, The Stepford Wives, Jennifer Coolidge, John Waters, Tim Burton, The Sims, Death Becomes Her, Beetlejuice, and Mars Attacks![16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Juno Birch". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Juno Birch Thinks Tim Burton Is an Alien". PAPER. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Damshenas, Sam (8 August 2019). "If you see a "confused alien woman" critiquing vegetables in Sainsbury's, it's Juno Birch". gaytimes. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Juno Birch Thinks Tim Burton Is an Alien". PAPER. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Thomas Barrie, Ben Allen, David Levesley (3 May 2020). "The best YouTubers and YouTube channels you should subscribe to today". GQ Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b Satenstein, Liana (5 February 2019). "British Artist Juno Birch's Pottery Is Just as Viral as Her Look". V Magazine. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Juno Birch on Twitter: "I'm allowed to hate Christmas because I was born on Christmas Day"". Twitter. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Mommie Dearest meets Tim Burton: Getting into character with Juno Birch". 15 April 2019.
  9. ^ Kelly, Juno (2 May 2019). "MEET SELF-PROCLAIMED MARTIAN SPY AND '60S HOUSEWIFE, JUNO BIRCH". Love Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. ^ a b Inside Juno Birch's Extreme Beauty Routine | Vogue, retrieved 19 April 2021
  11. ^ "Meet self-proclaimed martian spy and '60s housewife, Juno Birch". LOVE. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Mommie Dearest meets Tim Burton: getting into character with Juno Birch". Dazed. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Everything You Wanted to Know About Juno Birch". V Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Juno Birch's Instagram".
  15. ^ "Juno Birch - Attack of the Stunning UK USA/Canada & Australia tour". YouTube.
  16. ^ Andrews, Arden Fanning (5 September 2019). "Juno Birch Breaks Down Her "Alien Queen" Beauty Routine". Vogue. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  17. ^ Ford, Sam (10 February 2020). "EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT JUNO BIRCH". V Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2020.