If you happen to be deep into Israeli gay club culture, then you probably know all about Uriel Yekutiel. If you aren’t, then prepare to meet the most fabulous drag queen in Israel today.
The host of an Israeli TV show recently presented a story on the 22-year-old Yekutiel by saying he was a cross between Dana International, Lady Gaga and Freddy Mercury, but really a phenomenon unto himself. It’s true — how many drag queens can you name who not only aim to outrage, but also specialize in lip syncing to Israeli Mizrahi music?
A while back, Yekutiel became the face of Arisa, a company that produces Mizrahi-themed parties at gay clubs. The job entails starring in elaborate music video invitations that call on Yekutiel’s acting and dancing talents. The Herzliya native (who says his father is completely supportive of his creative calling) has played a whole host of characters in these videos, from a giddy teenage girl preparing for a blind date to a Bollywood dancer to an Arab woman giving birth. He has also played a Breslov Hasid, though not the usual kind you see jumping out of those NaNach vans. His interpretation wears thick eye shadow and black leather pants and extols the greatness of God while caressing and licking the bare chests of other men.