Drag Queens: A New Era?

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Recently, you must have come across quite a few makeup tutorials while scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook, not like it’s a new thing. The world has absorbed itself into a new form of art. All around the corner are new forms of makeup that are being tried, tested and reviewed. But, these are no ordinary tutorials; these are given by AND created on MEN.

This new transformation of men creating themselves into an exaggerated feminine look has been coined into a term, Drag Queen. They are characterized by their overly-dramatic eyelashes and vivid hairstyles. Though the word “drag” is very much associated with gay men and gay culture, there are drag artists of all sexualities. The drag culture really began in the mid-1900’s when female impersonation was a popular form of entertainment, in which they used to mock the femininity.

Let’s have a look at the few milestones that have gone unnoticed in popularising this culture that this generation might be familiar to:-

  • RuPaul’s ‘Drag Race’ is a show that has recently touched (Season 10) everyone’s orbit. This reality show has no limitation on which sexuality could participate. This element has been the catch why the show has only grown over the years. RuPaul, one of the first established drag queens, stars as a judge on the show. Contestants participate in challenges such as the ever-famous Lip Sync Challenge and go through eliminations each week.

Ultimately, winning the award for the Best Reality Competition Series at TV.com’s Best of 2012 Awards stood as a milestone in the success of the show. This show is one of the major reasons why we see Drag Queens in such a neutralized form now.

  • Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ may have been a party anthem way back in 2011, but the song lyrics, as well as the music video, were actually constructed in a way to discuss the self-empowerment of minorities including the LGBT community as well as racial minorities. Lines such as “I’m beautiful in my way, ‘Cause God makes no mistakes” symbolically embracing that Love is Love while “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen” hinting at the subtleness of the drag phenomenon.

 

  • The 1993 movie ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ was another movie that secretly depicted the drag culture. The protagonist- Euphegenia Doubtfire is actually the father of the three kids. Daniel Hillard, who is the father, has recently been separated from his children as the custody remains with his divorced wife.  The movie is a depiction of how Daniel wins back his family by realizing what he did wrong while impersonating as a nanny.

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Pihu Pathania- Jesus and Mary College, DU

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