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Meet Brian Lexi Alvarez of Vivian M’Vicious in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Lexi Alvarez.

Brian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Well, I am 40 years old. Lol. So. there is a lot to tell in my journey to where I am today. One of the biggest life-changing impacts of my life is I was homeless for years due to my alcoholism and drug addiction. I am sober and clean today. I went through the Healthy Living program at The Midnight Mission on Skid Row. It saved my life. It also gave me a stable foundation and a safe place for me to learn about life. The second gift it gave me was growth and understanding about who I am to the world, a safe place educate my drag to my peers at the Midnight Mission. Interesting thought, my experience living in the Midnight Mission with 288 men in the Midnight Mission that live there, I thought they would shame me, laugh at me or hurt me. By my surprise, I was met with nothing but support, love and the men in the program asking me a lot of question. Such as being gay, do you parent talk to you, are you transgender, are you a woman and why are you gay. So, I got to be an example of who I am to them. Which was such a gift cause, in turn, I started to find me. Such a gift and a blessing. Skid Row is such a diverse and interesting place.

I started drag as just for something fun todo. I was still coming out to the world. I am gay and I was out to the world. I just didn’t know what that meant to be me. Like where do I fit into the lifestream of the world. As a hobby, I started drag in 2010. LOL, but I was not a stranger to wearing heel and a dress. I run away from home when I was 15 and landed on the Santa Monica and Highland. I met the club kids and the streetwalkers. They became my new family. I was doing what I had to do to survive. Like we all have a story. I think that the gift in my story is that it has made me such a strong person and I would never change anything that has taken place in the 25 years of me being in LA.

I started to drag professional in 2016. In 2010, Is when Vivian was born and brought to the world. I went through many last names lol. Since I got sober, I had another transformation with Vivian. I was not long Vivian Vicious. As I am not a vicious person, though I love the name. I changed it cause of my journey to life again. And now, I AM VIVIAN M’VICIOUS!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No. I have struggled with drug addiction for more than 22 years of my life. I have had a moment where I thought it was good. I was in and out of jail for most of my 20s and then I ended up in prison for five years. That was a struggle lol. You learn how to adapt. Growing up wasn’t easy. My parent was abusive. I was bullied in high school. I was it seemed like to me, I was always fighting with people places and things. I don’t see myself as victim. For me and no one else just for me. I can grow and learn from anything if I stay stuck as a victim. I do not want to hold grudges nor I want to have hate for anyone or anything in life. I just want to sleep well at night knowing my conduct was right side up, lol!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Vivian M’Vicious – what should we know?
Vivian M’Vicious is a wild card. She accepts growth and always changing. She sews, does makeup, is funny, doesn’t make sense and is a joy to watch. What sets me apart from others is my accountability and being on time. I am most proud of my friends not so much my self. My friend has kept me in good stead. For that, I am grateful. Today, I get to pick my family and think that is good business lol Family is important to me and so values.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
What I love best about LA is, you can go from the beach to the forest to the desert which in my case is my faro tie place to be. The weather is great and the people are so diverse. I love downtown la the most. I love skid row. There, I found my hope.

The only thing about LA I strongly dislike is the traffic. LOL, I think that is a common thing most of us can agree on.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 601 S San Pedro St #308
    Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • Phone: (323) 809-5756
  • Email: brianleximua@gmail.com
  • Instagram: vivian_mvicious

Image Credit:
Branden Marcus

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