Lil miss hot mess.

About Lil Miss Hot Mess

Known for throwing extravaganzas like her “Bat Mitzvah x2” and roller skating parties, Lil Miss Hot Mess has appeared on world-class stages like SFMOMA, Stanford University, and Saturday Night Live, as well as legendary clubs like The Stud, Hard French, Bushwig, Queen Kong, and many more.  She loves packing her performances full of political satire and technology to help illuminate what a hot mess the world can be.

Lil Miss Hot Mess was among the first Drag Queen Story Hour queens, and serves on its global leadership team.  She has hosted readings at the ICA LA, RuPaul’s Drag Con, Vice Media, and numerous libraries and schools coast-to-coast.  Her children’s book The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish is coming in May 2020!

Hot Mess was also a founding organizer of the #MyNameIs campaign that challenged Facebook’s “real names” policy. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, Wired, Salon, and them., and her work has been in media around the world.

When not twirling, Lil Miss Hot Mess is a visual artist, and is finishing a PhD in media studies at New York University.

The hips on the drag queen go Swish, swish, swish

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

written by Lil Miss Hot Mess, illustrated by Olga de Dios
published by Running Press Kids, 2020

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish encourages readers to boldly be exactly who they are. Written by a founding member of the nationally recognized Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), this playful picture book offers a quirky twist on a classic nursery rhyme by illustrating all of the ways to “work it”. The story plays off “The Wheels on the Bus” as it follows a drag queen who performs her routine in front of an awestruck audience. A fun frenzy of fierceness, this book will appeal to readers of all ages.

book cover featuring three illustrated drag queens swishing their hips

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…or ask your favorite local bookstore to pre-order.

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Buy Now!

…or ask your favorite local bookstore to pre-order.

Some of these contain affiliate links, so your purchase supports me ever more!


Kirkus Reviews, starred review: “This book’s gonna werk, werk, werk all through Pride Month and beyond. Drag persona Lil Miss Hot Mess rewrites ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ to create a fun, movement-filled, family-friendly celebration of drag. . . . Appropriately psychedelic. . . . Fun, fun, fun all through the town!”

BuzzFeed: “The Wheels on the Bus? Throw her out, she’s OVER. The Hips On the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish is a funny, inspiring picture book that encourages children to be themselves. Remember, children need to learn how to read books before they read people.

Elizabeth Bird, Fuse8 (School Library Journal): The Hips on the Drag Queens Go Swish Swish Swish takes the familiar and renders it fabulous.”

Matt Baume, them.: “features bright, imaginative illustrations of dancing drag queens accompanied by kid-friendly song lyrics designed to get youngsters excited to read, move around, and express themselves.”

She Knows: “a fun romp into Dragland kids of all ages will love. From the costumes and the makeup to the rhymes, this story and its queens make it clear: Being yourself is the coolest.

The Tiny Activist: “All of the drag queen characters… encompass a variety of drag styles, so much personality is conveyed through the illustrations!… Having a space where everyone is accepted for whatever they like to do is crucial for kids, and having books that specifically celebrate creativity and fashion assist in making that happen.”


Coloring Pages

Drag queen coloring page with crayons

Now’s your chance to color the characters from the book, with these phenomenal (and printable) illustrations by Olga de Dios! 

You can also draw your favorite characters — or create your own drag persona!

Post your artwork on social media and tag me @lilmisshotmess with #drawadragqueen.

Book Stickers

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Request a personalized book sticker from Lil Miss Hot Mess!

Since I can’t travel now to sign books, I’m happy to send a signed sticker to all my friends and fans!  It’s FREE, but donations to Drag Queen Story Hour are welcome if you can!  Just fill out the the form.


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