One of my favorite things about makeup is it has the power to transform the looks of a person. Women can tap their inner sultry self or show their sweet side. But it’s not just women who benefit from makeup’s transformation powers. There are men too! Well, in this case, we call them queens. Drag Queen that is.
Whenever I catch the show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, I am amazed by how these queens can transform themselves. The amount of skill and creativity to come up with the makeup looks, the clothes, and the confidence. I am just amazed. Then I stumbled upon the collection of photos showing the before and after transformations of New York City drag queens by photographer Leland Bobbé. I am just in awe!
So I started researching more about Drag Queens and realized that is more of an art rather than a lifestyle. In an article from Huffington Post, the myths and some of my beliefs about drag queens were debunked! It was like getting my head hit and having light-bulb moment at the same time.
First off, not all drag queens are gay. According to the article, “there is a small minority of queens who are straight.” Another stupid belief I had before I knew better is that all drag queens want to women, which is totally untrue. “The majority of drag queens take part in the art form because they love it and because it offers them a creative outlet.”
I am already aware of the other myths like anyone can be a drag queen or that wearing a dress makes you a drag queen. Because I do believe it takes more than makeup and fancy outfits to be a drag queen. It takes a lot of guts, a different attitude, and loads of effort to pull it all off.