Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A DRAG QUEEN

 
drag queen is a person, traditionally male, who dresses in drag and often acts with exaggerated femininity and in female gender roles. Often they will exaggerate certain characteristics such as make-up and eyelashes for comic, dramatic or satirical effect. While drag is very much associated with gay men and gay culture  there are drag artists of all genders and sexualities. There are many kinds of drag artists and they vary greatly in dedication, from professionals who have starred in films to people who just try it once. Drag queens can vary by class and culture.
There are many reasons people do drag including self-expression, performing and entertaining. Drag can be a creative outlet, a means of self-exploration, and a way to make cultural statements. Typical drag queen activities include lip-synching performances, live singing, dancing, participating in events such as gay pride parades, drag pageants, or at venues such as cabarets and discotheques. Some drag artists also engage in mix-and-mingle or hosting work in night clubs, and at private parties and events.
 
I have spend some time doing drag and around drag queens and I’ve learned a lot about the process of transformation that they go through and all the tricks that help them to look like women. Some of them do such a good job that it is hard to guess that they are actually men…
the fabulous Kenneth Blake
 
The process of getting into drag or into character can take hours. It use to take me about three hours to get ready. A drag queen may aim for a certain style, celebrity impression, or message with their look. Hair, make-up, and costumes are the most important essentials for drag queens.
As a form of art, much work and creativity is put into transforming into a drag queen. Applying makeup is essential in order to achieve a more feminine look. Foundation helps to create a clean canvas by covering all wrinkles, flaws, and blemishes. Once the clean canvas is created, eye shadow will be added to eyes for an dramatic look. Drag queens use a lot of eyelashes to give the eyes a more intense look. Layering different colors of eye shadows, bronzers, and blush is used in creating the finished face of a drag queen. Since most drag queens are men, contouring is very important in creating high cheekbones and a slimmer face, as well as creating a smaller structured nose. Many drag queens often wear wigs or hairpieces. A costume is also needed. Depending on the event and the look that each drag queen is going for, the costumes can consist of, for example, a sparkling sequin dress, a leopard body suit, or a fur coat. Drag queens tend to go for a more exaggerated look with a lot more makeup than a typical feminine woman would wear. But I think Noxzema Jackson from too Wong Foo summed up the definition best-
 
"A drag queen is a person with WAY TO MUCH fashion sense for one sex!"

23 comments:

  1. Good quote - "A drag queen is a person with WAY TO MUCH fashion sense for one sex!" :-)

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  2. In my youth, (not too) long ago in provincial Norwich (UK), there were never any drag queens at the gay club (yes, club singular). There were a few transvestites and transgenders, but never really any fully-fledged drag queens. It was only when venturing to the far more cosmopolitan Canal Street in Manchester that I came into contact with a proper drag queen like off the telly (Lily Savage, Ru Paul et al): Rhoda Horse!

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    1. Now that is a great drag name! And by the look of your eye in the avatar, with that arch of attitude eyebrow...I'm guessing you'd make a fabulous queen!

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  3. "A drag queen is a person with WAY TO MUCH fashion sense for one sex!"


    YASSSSSSS!

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  4. I love all of the camp, humor, individuality, creativity, and genuine artistry.

    And, let's face it - a helluva lot of drag queens have infinitely more class and style than women......

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    1. My one close girl friend always says " God, these bitches look better than most women I know."

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  5. "Yes you will start off a mere boy in a dress, but by the time we are done with this crusade your Auntie Vida and your Auntie Noxee will give you the outrageous outlook and indomitable spirit that it will take to make you a full-fledged Drag Queen." - Miss Vida Boheme.

    My icon. Jx

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    1. " Alright now. work it but don't wreck it."

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  6. I love drag queens. I hate being out when there are none out that night. They definitely add color to the atmosphere.

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  7. I am looking forward to reading your post as a newer reader. I often wondered how long it took you to get ready.

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  8. Now that you sort of touched on the subject, it's amazing how any get drag queens and cross dressers mixed up. And from the pictures I have seen, you do have to much fashion sense for one sex!

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  9. YAY!!!!!! Drag Month!!!! I could never not imagine NOT doing drag anymore. Ever since I saw my first drag show, I just knew I wanted to be one.

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  10. Now I need to ask this... no primer? I always found using it before foundation seems to be a great way to prep the skin for it.

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  11. Well, back in Bc when I did drag we had no where the technique the newer queens have these days. While I and some of my friends had feminine features, which helped us, most gals looked like men in dresses!!!

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  12. I don't know too much about it. I have been found in women's clothes a few times but wouldn't actually call it drag because I looked just like it sounds, a man in women's clothes. Although I do have to say that Wonder Woman should try having a beard as I thought it becoming to the outfit. I do however enjoy being around those in drag.

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  13. I wouldn't call it drag, but I've gone on stage as women and I can say with all honesty: "That was one ugly bitch in there." LOL.

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  14. Well we have seen you goods in jeans so how the hell do you tuck that thing???

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    1. No hiding that, or tucking. I used a one piece two sizes down skin tight girdle.

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    2. Then stand back when released.....

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