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This Happened to Me: How meeting my idol Kurt Browning helped me become a better drag queen

When Shauna Fay discovered a passion for performing drag, she looked to her childhood figure skating idol for inspiration, and her drag persona Skirt Browning was born.

This Happened to Me is a video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives

When Shauna Fay discovered a passion for performing drag, she looked to her childhood figure skating idol Kurt Browning for inspiration -- and her drag persona Skirt Browning was born. 6:44

As a young figure skater, Shauna Fay had a crush on Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning.

Decades later, when she discovered a passion for performing drag, she looked to her childhood idol for inspiration, and her drag persona Skirt Browning was born.

When Fay learned that Kurt Browning would be in her hometown of Winnipeg for Stars on Ice earlier this year, she decided she wanted him and Skirt Browning to meet. So dressed in full drag, she went to the show to find the man who first inspired her to be in the spotlight.

In that encounter, the legendary figure skater imparted words of wisdom that Fay says she still carries with her every time she steps on stage.

Fay first shared her story on Now or Never.


This Happened to Me is a video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives — the moments that changed everything.

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