On Saturday night, Conchita Wurst, the drag alter ego of Austria’s Tom Neuwirth, won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, her overwhelming popularity trumping the bigotry of social conservatives who called for a boycott of the competition because of her participation. Wurst — who uses female pronouns which in character — slayed the competition with her song, “Rise Like A Phoenix,” which totally stole the show and the hearts of people all around the world.
“This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom,” she said in her acceptance speech. “You know who you are. We are unity. And we are unstoppable.” Keep reading »
You don’t need to sell me on the idea that drag is deeply inspiring (see: my obsession with “RuPaul’s Drag Race”). It’s not just about the WOW effect of all the sequins on the catwalk, it’s about making gender performance, which falls outside of the traditional binary, palatable to a wider audience. Artist Saint Hoax attended his first drag show and was stuck by the sequins, yes, but also by how it takes the “exact effort to make a leader” that it does to make an iconic drag queen: a flamboyant name, a fierce persona, defining outfits, a personalized hairdo, a trademark feature and one hell of a PR team. In his piece, “War Drags You Out,” Saint Hoax went to work transforming the most controversial political leaders into iconic queens. In a statement on his website, Saint Hoax writes:
“A rush of images containing Hitler’s mustache, Bin laden’s headgear, Obama’s campaigns, Saddam’s narcism crossed through my mind. It got me thinking that behind every ‘great’ man, there’s a queen. Like drag queens, political/religious leaders are expected to entertain, perform and occasionally lip-sync a public speech. But unlike drag queens, the fame hungry leaders don’t know when to take their costumes off. ”
After the jump, meet Hitleria Hysteria,Queen Abby, Madame O’ Sane, Georgia Buchette, Vladdy Pushin’ Ossie B’ and Baricka O’Bisha making their debuts in GIF form. WERK! [Jezebel] Keep reading »
When I received a Facebook request from a statuesque woman named “Carol Lee,” I knew the face but not the name. Mentally, I scanned my Midwest childhood, former life as a musical theater dancer, and transition into grad school. I have always loved colorful people, and she did look familiar.
“Do you remember me?” Carol Lee wrote in the message that followed.
I didn’t, until I read the next line. “I took you to prom in 1993.”
My curser blinked along with my cognitive dissonance. Carol Lee was a dead ringer for my high school friend Matt because she was Matt! Keep reading »
“[My mother] did [run a brothel] for a while … I sat in there and saw them get ready and they would ask me how they look and my mother would say, ‘You’ve looked better.’ My parents actually ran drag clubs in Australia, which is how I grew up. It was normal for me. It was my normal. I knew the other kids didn’t do it, but for me it was life and nothing was wrong with it. I would see nothing wrong with Beyonce having a drag queen nanny. And why not? Everyone needs one! And a great gay man in their life.”
– Tabatha Coffey on her unconventional upbringing and her recommendations for Blue Ivy. Well, she had to get so good at doing hair somehow. Having drag queen friends will do the trick. I cosign on drag queen nannies. Think about how much the kid would know about pop culture. But I call RuPaul. Beyonce and Jay Z will have to find someone else. [Huffington Post]
Somehow I missed the first three seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” during their television run. But the show found its way to me thanks to the magic of Netflix live streaming. Now that I’ve watched all three seasons consecutively, I think this reality TV diamond in the rough may be my most favoritest of all time. Why? Well, obviously because drag queens are fabulous. They are talented, creative, and courageous lady boys who can turn feathers into gold. And that RuPaul Charles! Dammit! I knew she was a Cover Girl, but I didn’t know she was the most inspiring human being to ever host a television show. She’s everything Tyra Banks wishes she could be on “ANTM.” Yes, I walk away from every episode having learned how to properly contour a jaw line or bedazzle a butt cheek, but I also leave with glittering hunks of wisdom. After the jump, important life lessons I’ve learned from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” You’d better work, bitch! Keep reading »
Name: Collagen Westwood
Occupation: Aspiring singer
Dream: To look like a real life drag queen. She has obtained several plastic surgeries to do so. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »