Houston Is "Crazy in Love" With Drag Performer Tyoncé Moore
When Ty Moore heard Destiny Child's first radio single more than a decade ago, a unique kind of love was sparked -- one that would take the young Houstonian to the far lengths of fandom and straight into a personal limelight of dedicated idolatry.
Photos courtesy of Tyoncé Moore Tyoncé stays true to the image with a copycat haircut and signature pose.
Today, Moore spends a substantial chunk of her life as Tyoncé, a spitting-image incarnation of H-town's own resident diva Beyoncé Knowles. Being an impersonator and onstage performer is more than just a past-time or even career for Moore -- it is a way of life.
Last month, after Beyoncé made style headlines with a new pixie haircut, Tyoncé wasted no time following suit. Within hours of the singer's big photo reveal, her self-made doppelganger posted a nearly identical image to the official Tyoncé Moore Facebook page.
And when Beyoncé switched to a more feminine, bobbed style a few days later, her look-alike did the same. Moore explains that sometimes taking such drastic measures comes with the territory of being "Bey," salon bills be damned.
"I've been noted as one of the premier Beyoncé impersonators," Moore says. "I consider it a great honor, and I think it's important to have fidelity to her image in order to maintain that honor."
"This requires changing my hair as often as she does, which is very often," she adds.
Tyoncé Moore is Houston's new resident diva, with an act that skillfully recreates the style, choreography and stage persona of her namesake.
Beyond the day-to-day, Moore says that emulating Beyoncé's signature look onstage is another huge commitment. (Check out her Instagram for proof.) Moore estimates a total of four hours to complete the transformation to "full-on diva" -- complete with multiple costume changes.
Anyone who's had the fortune of catching Tyoncé's act knows that this gal is nothing if not precise. And not for nothing: learning new material is an all-consuming affair for Moore, who listens to Beyoncé's music nonstop to learn the ins and outs of each recording, including "every breath, pause, ad-lib, riff, instrumental break and so-on."
A trained actor, dancer and singer, Moore strives for perfection in every aspect of a Tyoncé performance. She choreographs each routine in accordance with Beyoncé's signature style but also adds a touch of her own personal flair.
"I consider being a performer an artistic discipline," Moore says. "Like other disciplines, it can and should be an effort of love, hard work and determination."
"My art requires a lot of different elements to come together," she adds. "I consider them carefully and work on bettering each performance from my last."
Moore explains that Tyoncé got her official start five years ago in The Rose Room, a Dallas show bar famous for its "gender illusion" performances. According to Moore, Tyoncé was a spur-of-the-moment improv for a talent show the club was hosting. After being persuaded by friends to give it a go, Moore got onstage and with that, a star was born.
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