UPDATES: A legendary WeHoan, 43 year old Kearemia Baines, better known as Lady Red Couture, died July 25 from complications following an intensive care stay for an unknown illness.
Her popular YouTube show “Hey Qween!” gave her a world-wide audience and millions of followers. But her long career included several movie roles, a national tour with the Drag Queens of Comedy and even a stint as bouncer at the recently shuttered Gym Bar.
At 6′ 7″ she towered over most everyone. With heels and glitter, no one could touch her.
Sasha Soprano, a nationally beloved drag figure, said on facebook that “if you ever met Lady Red you most likely have a really, really, really crazy story to tell,” summing up her always on personality, a trait that made her an energetic and beloved force to drag lovers and a leader among performers.
Lady Bunny, the legendary New York Drag Queen wrote, Lady Red “was a scream as a comedian, but she could also really sing! It’s not easy to cover soul legend Gwen Guthrie’s biggest hit and pull it off, but Lady sure did it justice! I always thought Lady’s version with producer Adam Joseph deserved more attention than it got.”
Coco Peru wrote, “I loved her so much. She was my traveling buddy on tour. She laughed and cried with me. Mostly laughed. Such a sweet person with a big laugh, kind heart, and who sang to the heavens. Rest well, my sweet friend Lady Red Couture”
Glen Allen wrote, “We have lost my friend and fellow performer Lady Red Couture ￼￼. She had the best sense of humor and supportive spirit. I always appreciated our meaningful and sometimes silly conversations backstage at our shows. She really knew how to turn it out. And as we say in show business, she left it all there on the stage. ￼￼And the audience lived for it. ￼￼ Her love for people was enormous. ￼￼ I will miss her very much. 🙏🏼❤️￼”