Need to Know: Our Lady J

8.10.2010

By Noah Michelson

I think the cover story is really a fun piece but I also think it's an incredibly important piece. Daniel has such a huge name and there are so many eyes on what he's doing at any given moment and the visibility that you -- and the trans community by extension of you -- are going to receive because of the story is huge. How do you feel about -- for all intents and purposes -- suddenly being seen as the new face of the trans community?
I'm no different than my trans sisters and brothers but it just happens to be that I'm a musician and part of the life of a musician is being in the public. So, I'm grateful for that opportunity. I don't feel pressure right now because I'm just living my life like anyone else. We'll see what happens in the future. If I decide to become a hermit, I'll always have my music. My goal is to share my music for the rest of my life. I'm willing to deal with the consequences of being a public person in order to do that.

You're performing in London right now and we both know how beastly the paparazzi can be in the U.K. When this story hits tomorrow things are probably going to get kind of grizzly. What have you done to prepare for the craziness that awaits you in the next couple of days?
I tinted my hair today [laughs]. It's just a little browner -' I'm going back to my natural color to honor my pagan ancestors [laughs]. I'm really just focusing on my show right now. We opened last night, so, I'm just focusing on the concerts. I try not to think about the paparazzi. Who knows if they'll care or not?

Can you run in heels?
I can run in heels, but I do love a day flat [laughs].

Last year you held two Boob-Aid benefit concerts to raise money to get what you called 'Park Avenue titties.' Since then, Boob-Aid has come and gone and you finally got a gorgeous pair of breasts. Now that all is said and done, how do you feel about them?
It's more than I was hoping for. It's deeper than I thought it would be. At first there was the initial excitement about having a new body that I think we all feel whether we dye our hair or lose 10 pounds or gain 10 pounds -- whatever excitement we go through with our bodies changing. But to have that have to do with my gender, which has been a life long struggle, it went a lot deeper because we never know if we are making the right decisions until those decisions have been made. And that has to do with surgeries, hair colors, weight loss, anything. We can only go on our intuition and our exploration of who we are. When I went through this surgery I knew afterward that it was the right decision. So I went through a period of grief for all the years that I was tormented by this. That was the deep part -- I wasn't expecting that to come along -- the feeling of being sad for all that time lost. But I honored that and I moved on and I'm happy as can be about my new body. And I'm so grateful that the community came together to make this happen through Boob-Aid.

So much has happened for you in the last year. What are you looking forward to in the next year?
I'm looking forward to finishing my album. 'Hurt' is the first single. I spent the summer in Los Angeles before I came to London and I was working on the rest of the album and it's coming along really nicely. I have three other singles finished right now, which is really exciting. That's my main goal -' to finish the album this year. I'm presenting it to labels right now. Who knows? The record industry is changing everyday. If I'm not picked up by a label, I'll distribute this thing on my own! [Laughs] It's going to happen, it's just a matter of time.

Our Lady J's new single, "Hurt," is now available for download from iTunes. For more info on Our Lady J, including tour dates, visit her official site.

To read our September cover story featuring Our Lady J and Daniel Radcliffe, click here.

To see our slide show of photos by Terry Richardson featuring Our Lady J and Daniel Radcliffe, click here.

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