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Fashionably Speaking

Della Licious has been a fixture on the Fort Wayne nightclub scene for 20 years. She emcees and performs at After Dark every Saturday night. She’s a proud member of the city’s LGBTQ+ community and is an active participant in community events while working a full time job on top of her gigs. She hosts a convivial monthly brunch ($35/person) at Welch’s Ale House, with proceeds going to the Positive Resource Connection that helps with education for the prevention of the spread of HIV and AIDS. 

“And in my spare time, I stare blankly at my television and eat pie,” she said.

What is your style philosophy? It is all about what works for the moment. If I want to impress, I throw on my highest heels and the most sequins, glitter, and rhinestones. I become a giant disco ball.

What does having style mean to you? Style, to me, is like art. It is beautiful. It is a bit much. It is avant garde. I like classic lines and understated elegance. 

How does having style relate to your profession? As an entertainer, a lot revolves around style. It’s your face, hair, costumes, overall look and most importantly your attitude. You can’t wear something over-the-top and have the demeanor of a plain Jane.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure? I love ice cream. So much so, I often have a three-way with Ben and Jerry.

Where do you go for drinks with friends? I usually go to After Dark or Welch’s Ale House. The bartenders know my drink of choice – Three Olives Loopy with club soda.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? I am the kind of person that LOVES to sleep in, but usually gets up early even on my days off. I used to be much more of a night owl, but these days I like to get home and into my pajamas.

Coffee or tea? Coffee is to get me going in the morning. Tea is for enjoyment and socialization. But, both must have cream and sugar.

What’s your preferred method of physical fitness? Avoidance.

What is your number one fashion indulgence? Jewelry, especially rings, are my must have. I like to have a large supply and variety. My second indulgence is a good perfume. My signature scent is Fendi.

What’s the one beauty item you can’t live without? My beauty regimen is very different from those of the ladies reading this interview. I use a black Sharpie for my top liner. And I use a gel glue stick to cover my eyebrows, so I can draw on higher-arched eyebrows. But it all starts with a good razor to be able to apply a smooth base.

As a child, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult? I wanted to be a bartender (did it); have a talk show (did it); and be a singer (nailed it). I also wanted to be the center of attention. I’m a headliner and an accountant. And, I’m pretty happy about that.

If you could give your younger self some style-related advice, what would it be? Don’t be afraid of color. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t rock something bright. 

PEOPLE

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