Coco Jumbo on the way to stardom

Big time: Coco Jumbo is on the road to sequined stardom.
Big time: Coco Jumbo is on the road to sequined stardom. Trevor Veale

SHE’S big and bold and this weekend she becomes the Coffs Coast’s most colourful cultural export.

Coco Jumbo is the stage persona of a young Coffs Harbour man who is cementing a reputation as one of drag’s next darlings.

After making her professional debut at last year’s inaugural CoastOut festival, Coco Jumbo is today en route to Sydney where she is booked to perform at Saturday’s Mardi Gras Fair Day.

“My frocks are ready and I’ve got my performances down pat so I am very excited,” Coco said.

“Fair Day usually attracts around 60 to 70,000 people so I think by the time I get to take to the stage I will be extremely nervous.”

Coco’s ascent in the glamorous but fickle world of drag began last year when the organisers of CoastOut held a competition to find the Coffs Coast’s next drag superstar.

“I had never performed publicly before but I went on to win and I now know that this is what I want to do.”

The transformation from local schoolboy to diva-in-waiting has been surprisingly easy for Coco who scales two metres in her size 11 stilettos.

“My mum is my biggest fan,” she said.

“She helps me with my hair and costumes and has even built a new deck on our house so that I could have a stage to rehearse on.”

Coco’s mum will accompany her to Sydney and if things go well, it could be a trip they make with some regularity.

“Sydney might be the home of drag but this is where I will keep on living. I’m actually very excited and encouraged about the sort of place Coffs Harbour is becoming and I see a big future for myself here.”

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