What was your main goal when you became a female impersonator?
My goal is, and it’s a challenging one is to bring unity into the community.
What is the difference between Rich (you boy persona) and Afeelya (you female persona)?
My boy persona Rich is shy and laid back, Afeelya, we’ll she is crazy and big hearted.
Anything else you would like the fan’s of ArizonaDrag.com to know about you?
I just want to say Thank You to everyone who has supported me throughout the year’s. Without your support I would not be who I am today. Remember, you can always come up and say hi and get a hug.
What was your first experience with the art of female impersonation?
My first experience with the art of female impersonation was when I first saw a show at a bar called the Wave. I was thinking these girls are funny, but didn’t understand the art at that time.
What made you get into the profession?
I don’t consider female impersonation a profession, it’s a hobby for me. I first got started by helping a friend do a fundraising show. Now, many year’s later I’m still doing fundraisers.
How did you get the name Afeelya Bunz?
I needed a name because I had entered a Halloween contest, a friend of mine said because when I’m intoxicated I always grab people’s butts. Then he said we should call you Afeelya Bunz. Funny, but true, so I kept it.
What is your style of drag?
I don’t really think I have a style, I just have fun and I just go do me.
Do you remember the first song you performed? The first stage and how you felt about it?
I don’t remember my first stage, but the first song I performed was my granny mix. I loved the reaction of the crowd and how they had fun and loved it. I honestly think this is why I still do it, to make people smile.
What has been your greatest moment as a female impersonator? What has been your most embarrassing?
My great moment was stepping down as Miss Phoenix Gay Pride. My parents were there to witness the love from my community. My most embarrassing moment would have to be when I performed at Charlie’s and I came out of the dressing room and slipped stumbling to the middle of the stage. So, I crawled back to the dressing room, laughing.
What’s the best advice you can give to somebody who is thinking about getting into the art of female impersonation?
Don’t do it, you won’t get anymore dates. (LOL) Seriously, if you do, have fun and be your own character and always respect the community.
Flashback Interview with
She performed a Granny Mix for the first time on stage and loved the reaction of the crowd, since then it’s been a non-stop helping out the community week after week, year after year. After she started touching other people’s Bunz while intoxicated the name stuck and now she hopes to bring unity in the community as she continues to entertain the audience. She is the “Queen of the Community” Miss Afeelya Bunz.
(August 11, 2017) Phoenix, Arizona
Daniel W. Eckstrom announced via his Facebook page the inaugural Mr Gay Arizona America will be coming to Arizona on Sunday April 22, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona at Tempe Center for the Arts.
This will be a open regional, open to contestants from all across the United States
For more information on this regional visit www.mrgayarizonaamerica.com
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Who are some of your drag idols?
I don’t have any idols, each girl has different characteristics that I respect.
What does the art of female impersonation mean to you?
It’s an art from changing form a male to a female and being able to entertain the crowd.
You are known to many as the “Queen of the Community” because of your hard work and dedication to helping the community. Why do you do the fundraisers? What makes you continue to do it show after show, organization after organization?
WOW! The way I see it is that we as a community need to have unity in helping each other out. We need to support the different organizations because we need to have them around in the future. Yes, it’s exhausting but emotionally rewarding to the one’s who appreciate it.
In 2008 you were crowned Miss Phoenix Gay Pride, that year the Miss Phoenix Gay Pride pageant system grew and the excitement was brought back. What are you feelings? What do you say to those that are competing his year or interested in becoming Miss Phoenix Gay Pride?
Thank you, it means a lot. My feelings are that it’s a title is a community title. I just did what was good in my heart. If anyone is interested or to the next Miss Phoenix Gay Pride I would say, make the best of it. My goal win I win a title has always been to leave a legacy.