Siv Ngezi: “My Cousin Died Of Covid19”

Siv Ngezi: “My Cousin Died Of Covid19”

Television personality and actor Siv Ngezi has just opened about losing his cousin to Covid19. He shared the sad news through Twitter, also revealing that his cousin got infected while caring for his parents.

Siv Ngesi’s drag queen personality, Sivanna has received a serious backlash for scoring a modeling job with Beyonce’s x Adidas x Ivy Park.

The actor proudly announced his latest gig with a picture of Sivanna wearing a nude looking jumpsuit and a black and white IVY park sash and captioned the image with:

Even though Ngesi clarified that he wasn’t purchased the gig, his shoot didn’t sit well with Tweeps who felt that his alter-ego was stealing opportunities for other drag queens who are struggling to urge such exposure.

Ngesi stated: “My intentions are pure … but only time will show this!”

Ngesi also gave a press release to TshisaLIVE to clarify his intentions: “I understand the backlash and that i understand why, because the larger picture was never communicated to everyone. i’m a proud ally and that i believe the kind must be seen and recognised far more in SA and that i am getting to do what I can to form sure that it happens.”

Some members of the LGBTQIA+ community felt that Ngesi as an ally should be supporting them and not removing their opportunities…they felt that it might are better if he gave the modelling gig to a true drag queen and not one who was acting sort of a drag queen.

He was also defended by Manila von Teez, who may be a drag performer:

“Hey all, in response to the Sivanna post i feel most are not conscious of the larger picture. I’ve been doing this for just over 10 years, and a few drag queens, even longer. Reality is that regardless of how hard we worked, South Africa as an entire never really accepted the kind . we’ve sent many proposals for sponsorship, brand support etc over the years, and not had positive response or support.”

The rest of Von Teez’s statement is out there on Ngesi’s Twitter timeline!

Here are more reactions from the LGBTQIA+ community, tweeps and celebrities who supported Ngesi and who opposed his shoot:

“I love you, but Uhm, this is often the definition of take up somebody else’s space. One month vs. Lifetimes of labor from revered SA queens-it doesn’t sit right.”

Mmusi Maimaine commented: ” To counter that i might say let’s not unfairly limit Sivianna on her drag journey either by requesting “sufficient time within the industry”. this is often what Sivianna wants to try to to and she or he gets opportunities then she should choose it. If she is authentic then it must be embraced.”