Plenty of women feel transformed when they put on their faces in the morning. A little makeup, like lipstick, mascara and foundation, for instance, can magically take them from drab to fab on the outside despite how they feel underneath with just a few brush strokes.
Drag queens — men dressing as ultra-glamorous women — also go through a metamorphosis in order to go from he to über-she. Photographer Leland Bobbé‘s Half-Drag . . . A Different Kind of Beauty series explores the male and alter-ego female side of some of New York’s most famous drag queens “in order to explore the cross over between males and females and to break down the physical barriers that separate them,” Bobbé says. There’s no digital fancywork involved in the portraits — each subject is completely transformed into a queen on one half of the face while the other shows the male side. The drag transformation has always been my favorite part of drag.