When Alex speaks about both Maya and Alex, he says:
People assume Maya and Alex are two separate people but they have the same body and the same mind. When Maya is on stage, she’s larger than life. When I go on stage as Maya I take all her emotions and make them bigger. People should be astounded by her. People say to me, ‘I like Maya better than Alex.’ Aishwarya had to magnify the fact that Maya and Alex are the same people and the fact that I can bring out Maya even as a guy.
Talking about the motivation behind this photoshoot, Alex mentions that it was about,
Showing how drag can’t be in one form. I keep telling people that I can be a Malayali person carrying a saree, or even a Madhuri Dixit. Aishwarya did her version of Maya. You don’t have to construct drag to gender—you can go wild. Drag is blurring the gender. If you want to sport a beard and wear a dress then go for it!
And how does fashion play a part in your day-to-day life and drag?
Fashion is what you are and who you are. For me, it comes from my mother’s wardrobe. I used to observe my mother when I started drag, what she wears and how she carries herself. And all this has been passed on. I know what looks good on me. 2 years ago I was playing with neutral blouses, black and gold, but a friend called me up and told me that I looked like a cross between a grandmother and a prostitute. She then added color to my wardrobe and I never went back to black and gold.