'Intergalactic pop princess' Carmen Dior hit the stage before a sold-out crowd at the Caruso Club on Feb. 1, and freelance photographer Marg Seregelyi was there to document the over-the-top grandeur of her drag show.
Carmen Dior - a.k.a. Sudbury native Noah Carniello - has spent the last two years performing on stages from New York City to Japan.
"For me the transformation is quite interesting," Carniello told Sudbury.com of their transformatin into Carmen. "It starts off very ugly and messy, but I think it's quite fascinating to see the finished product."
Carniello started performing in Sudbury at a young age. After graduating from Sudbury Secondary, they moved to New York City to study at the Broadway Dance Centre in the dance training program. The character of Carmen Dior, described as an intergalactic pop princess, came to life two years ago and performed on stages in the Big Apple while Carniello was in school.
Carniello's performing career began in Japan when they secured a contract with Universal Studios as a performer at the Wizardly World of Harry Potter themed area at the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka, Japan. Obviously, Carmen Dior came along for the ride. While in Japan, Carniello began headlining and selling out shows as Dior.
"Doing things like this are monumental steps in my journey. It's so exciting to think about how far I've come, but also how much there is to come," they said. "I think there's a great power in the art of performing and music and makeup."
Carmen Dior Live in Sudbury was all ages event. Check out Seregelyi's photos from the show above. Below, check out an amazing timelapse video by Sudbury.com's Heather Green-Oliver showing Carniello's transformation into Carmen Dior.
And you can follow Carmen Dior on Instagram for the latest.
You can find freelancer Marg Seregelyi on her website, MargsPhotography.com.