Justin Bond
By: Alix Lambert | Categories: HiLo Heroes

I first saw Kiki Durayne perform a simultaneously humorous and tormented rendition of “Total Eclipse of The Heart” almost twenty years ago. The performance has stuck with me. There is something brilliant about a drag persona who, rather than being the youngest, most beautiful girl in the room, is an aging, drunken vamp — all raw emotion on the outside. There is a dash of Norma Desmond in JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND’s (born 1963) Kiki. Director Victoria Leacock helmed a music video of Kiki singing this song with the ever-faithful Herb accompanying on piano:

This was just the start of Bond’s long and wonderful career: V’s talents are many. The transgender Bond has gone on to bring many riches to audiences, including a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus, and the album Dendrophile, about which V says: “A dendrophile’s a person who gets an erotic charge out of nature. I am one! This is a record for the tree-hugger community. I do Bambi Lake’s ‘The Golden Age of Hustlers’ on it, and also a duet of the Carpenters’ ‘Superstar’ with Beth Orton.” Bond has recently published a memoir, Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels, whose Ginger Rogers-referencing subtitle is, in this case, an understatement.

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On his or her birthday, HiLobrow irregularly pays tribute to one of our high-, low-, no-, or hilobrow heroes. Also born this date: Ghostface Killah and William Moulton Marston.

READ MORE about men and women born on the cusp between the Original Generation X (1954-63) and Reconstructionist (1964-73) Generations.

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Alix Lambert is a writer and artist living in New York City. Her book CRIME, which explores the intersection between crime and art, is available through Fuel Publishing. Her book The Silencing is available through Perceval Press.