College Can Be A Drag

College Can Be A Drag

Shane Donovan Messick transforms himself from a well-mannered college student into the larger-than-life Melody Lyrishal. Melody,  his drag persona, was born out of his constant desire to put on performances and entertain. Like some sort of glitter-clad Superman, Messick’s secret identity is simultaneously a defining part of him and an escape from the dullness of his everyday life.

 “Melody is Shane if Shane never had to wonder what somebody thought,” Messick says. “As Shane, I’m cautious of who I talk to or what I do, but when I’m Melody, I don’t. Melody doesn’t care. Nobody know I’m Shane behind it all. As Melody, I can make a scene.”

At 6 foot 7 in...