ALL superheroes have their alter egos.

Peter Parker’s alter-ego is Spider- Man, Clarke Kent’s is Superman, for Barry Allen it is the Flash and Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta it is Wonder Woman.

They wear their masks, capes and suits which allow them to use their special powers to protect and save the universe.

For Drag Queen Jerick Hoffer, his alter ago is Jinkx Monsoon who wears wigs, dresses and make up when she is on stage and Jerick described all this as ‘his suit of armour’.

For those of you who don’t know, his impudent persona of Jinkx Monsoon won season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the USA and has catapulted his career into over drive.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is hosted by RuPaul who plays the role of host, mentor, and head judge for this series, as contestants are given different challenges each week.

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In season 5 Jinkx Monsoon walked away with the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar”

But do not think for one minute, Jinkx was never going to ‘be famous’ what Jerick said the win helped speed up what was always going to happen.

Speaking about winning this title, Jerick said: “It has allowed me to take a route I always knew I wanted to go on but do it in a shorter time.

"I knew what road I wanted to be on but this helped me get along it quicker.

"I have been doing drag since I was 15 years old and I will be 30 in September.

"I love the theatre and while I do get jobs not being in drag, doing drag or acting in drag is my preferred medium.

"There is something so powerful about the performance.

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“Drag is where you can have a lot of success and notoriety and one where you can adapt.

“It is liberating. We are constrained in our roles due to society. It hold us to how we should live and the rules we should live by.

"Gender is not something you should have hard and fast rules about. Nature doesn’t tell us if you have certain genitalia you behave like this or that.

“It is society and this creates extra pressure who we have to be.

“If everyone was able to wear what they wanted everyone would feel a lot better about themselves.

Society has told us we should fit it and that is what a freak manifesto is about, it is to go against the grain. Drag allowed me to bring this out.

It was somewhere I could feel comfortable and gave me greater security. I was able to express a part of myself which I would not be able to do.

“Doing this act means I do not have to wear a uniform as I do not have a job and do not have to work 9am to 5pm.

"I therefore do not have to conform to mainstream society.

“I can express who I am. It feels good and you know who you are and you feel very liberated.

“I knew I wanted to do drag from a very early age.

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“I used to find women had better clothes and I used to make my own costumes out of blankets and over sized shirts.

“This was an opportunity for me to express my femininity.”

Throughout his life he has suffered at the hands of ‘bullies’.

Speaking about this Jerick said: “It (bullying) still exists but I try and keep myself in a safe bubble which I have created for myself.

“But the way I have found to deal with this is to take power away from them.

“When this happened to me at High School I did not run away, I stood for student council and won.

"This gave me more power and I was able to behave more like me.”

Jerick will bring Jinkx Monsoon the Westlands in Yeovil on November 14, with Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales in The Vaudevillians.

The plot states it is: “Throughout the 1920’s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music.

One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow - instantly freezing them alive.

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"But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own.

Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs.”

Tickets for the show cost £22- £20 and can be bought online at or calling the box office on 01935 422884.