'I'm starting to feel quite sexy': Patrick Gower dresses up in drag

Starting on Monday, it's The Project's "Makeover Week".

But because Patrick Gower won't be around all week, The Project decided to give him a taste of getting a makeover a little early.

And to get him on his way, we enlisted the help of drag queen and human rights activist Medulla Oblongata.

"I came to New Zealand as a refugee because the Maldives is a 100-percent Muslim country and I have renounced Islam and I'm queer so therefore in order to be safe I had to come to New Zealand," said Oblongata.

Oblongata explained to Gower the difference between trans and drag.

"Trans is who you are. Drag is what you do. I'm gender-neutral - I am everything and nothing all at once."

Gower said he was looking forward to getting a drag makeover.

"I know that I'm meant to say that I'm feeling nervous - but I'm not," he said.

"I'm actually bloody excited about this. It's going to be a huge, huge, huge privilege to do something totally different."

And his excitement rose as the process wore on.

 'I'm starting to feel quite sexy': Patrick Gower dresses up in drag
Photo credit: The Project

"This might sound a little weird, but I'm starting to feel quite sexy," he said.

Oblongata says putting on drag can feel like putting on a mask.

"Oscar Wilde said 'give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth'. I quite often treat drag as a mask where I can be my most authentic self.

"It makes me be real."