15-year-old boy turns up to prom in drag and is crowned prom queen
Who says a boy can't be a certified queen? Certainly not Xavier Perkins, who threw out the rulebook by dressing in drag and stealing his school's Prom Queen crown last week.
The British 15-year-old became Lees Brook Community School's first male Prom Queen ever when he donned a short pink strapless dress, matching heels and a long blonde wig to attend the annual event.
The brave Derby teen, who took six hours to prepare for the occasion, admitted there were a few haters at his school - but said he didn't give them a second thought.
Speaking to Derbyshire Live, he said: "It was quite scary at first, but when I walked in everyone said 'you look so good'. One of my teachers was taking photos with people and he didn't know who I was. When he later found out it was me, it was amazing.
"Some lads were saying things about me, but I didn't really care. I really wanted to win Prom Queen to cause a stir because it would be so unexpected."
Xavier designed the dress with a dressmaker and did all his own make-up, hair and nails on the night. The student had only ever dressed in drag in public once before when he performed at a charity event to raise funds for a young boy who had cancer.
His mother Sharnee Parkins has marvelled at the courage it took for him to subvert the norm and says he made his family and friends "so proud".
"I'm totally humbled, I can't imagine where you get the courage at the age of 15 to do that, it is so brave," the 45-year-old said. "His friends were really supportive. A few people weren’t happy for him but that was outweighed by the positive feedback."
The mum-of-four from Chaddesden added that the school put on a big show of support for her son, saying: "Xav was hoping to get the Best Dressed award because it isn’t gender-biased, but he did say he'd love to get Prom Queen.
"It was his peers who voted for him which is an accolade because it takes a lot of courage for them to come out and support it as well... I always say to him, if you’re happy at home you can cope with anything.
"Dressing up is a leisure activity for him. With it being Pride month as well it’s even more poignant, if it can help one person who is struggling with their sexuality. He wants to be a Drag Queen but he's very academic too so he could do anything. He's got a very wise head on his shoulders."
Xavier is heading to Bilborough College in September to do his A-Levels - fingers crossed he'll nail them, just liked he nailed prom night!