Today we’d like to introduce you to Ky Ethers.
Hi Ky, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Ky (Sahvaren). I am 24 years of age. I have been doing drag since I was 18 years of age and it’s one of my passions along with Psychology, Numerology, Literature, Photography, Astrology, Nature, etc.
I am a transmasculine individual who sometimes transforms into my drag persona that has existed pre-transition. Parallel to my drag journey, my inner healing journey has been just as transformational for me; one is an inner journey and the other is an outer journey.
Through these journeys, I have found myself on the deepest level as a spiritual being in a physical world (& a hyper-physical drag world). I look forward to continuing to break personal barriers and bridge gaps while exuding as much love & passion as possible all while expanding my horizons as far as God is willing to take me.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s been a journey of ups and downs but along the way, I have always been lifted in unseen ways.
My journey into adulthood so far has landed me in different places such as Florida, Chicago, Portland, and everywhere in between that I have traveled with my van. There have been tough times but I’ve been blessed to always see a light along the way, no matter how faint.
It’s a blessing to be able to follow the inner callings that have led me to some beautiful destinations. I’ve struggled with poverty, isolation, inner battles, push-back, stereotypes, judgments, etc.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I love to embody my artistry in different ways but drag has been the most pivotal so far.
Through this, I have learned social skills and etiquette, how to paint my face and adorn my body with accessories, how to be comfortable in front of a crowd, how to stand up for myself, how to represent something bigger than myself, etc. I am most proud of remaining so true to myself in a society that pushes people to conform to a narrative or fit into a box.
I am proud of my willingness to learn from those who paved the way for me. I think what sets me apart is that as my persona has become more glamorous/overt, I have continued to deepen internally as well. I think my gender identity is something that has always stood out as well as my eccentricity & authenticity.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
What I like best about my city is the up & coming variety of talents.
I love the diversity of people around me. I love the livelihood of those that come before me and those that stand alongside me. What I like least is the lack of highlight on true community & belonging.
I dislike the desire of others to be competitive; playing into their own harmful need of “getting to/ staying at the top” and not caring about what needs to be done to achieve this, even if hurting others is the rite of passage. In reality our biggest competition is ourselves. I want to see us all be internally resourced so that we may personally continue to thrive and contribute to the beautiful garden that we are, without stepping on other blooming flowers along the way in order to feel better about themselves.
- Instagram: @sahvaren
- Facebook: Ky Ethers (Sahvaren)
- Twitter: @sahvaren