Tygra was Tristan at first—a “Marine brat,” she says, growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She went to college in Omaha, Nebraska, where she studied nursing. And there, one night in a bar, she saw a drag performance. “I was 20, not even old enough to be in a bar, slowly coming out as a gay boy,” she says. This was in 2011, before she discovered that she identified more as a woman. She watched the drag queen Chanel Savage work the crowd, and decided at least one part of her future. “I said, Whatever that is, I gotta be a part of it. That has to be me.” Later that year she made her stage debut, and by 2012 she was competing in drag pageants as Tygra Slarii. [Mia 6/12/17]