Brita Filter knows a thing or two about being in costume. The NYC-based drag queen, whose real name is Jesse Havea, has years of experience in theater. Havea grew up as a child performer, went on to book national tours with a theater company and eventually studied acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After booking a production of Cinderella (where he played one of the evil step-sisters in drag), Havea knew he wanted to pursue drag full time, and thus Brita Filter was born.
Six years later, Brita Filter has shows almost every night of the week at clubs all over the city (including at the ritzy Dream Downtown hotel, where she performs on Sunday nights). She’s known for her bubbly personality and glitzy, sparkly looks—which she admits can get pretty pricey. “Every six months I go through all my clothes to try to sort them out,” she says. “But I buy so much fucking shit, I really need to stop buying stuff.”
In the photo above, hover over (desktop) or tap (mobile) Ms. Brita Filter’s clothing and accessories to hear more about what she spends for a typical performance.