Chris Stoner applies makeup as he becomes Janessa Jaye Champagne, his alter-ego, prior to a performance recently in Grand Forks, N.D. Stoner developed the Janessa character while studying gay culture and literature as part of his honor program at the University of North Dakota. (Forum News Service photo)
Queens of the stage
Stepping onto the stage, Janessa Jaye Champagne commands the room’s attention. It’s not her large stature but rather her larger-than-life personality that at first stuns the audience and then sends them into uproarious laughter. Wearing extravagant gowns, colorful wigs and dramatic eye makeup, Janessa flawlessly lip-syncs to Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse and Ke$ha.
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