The topic of drag queens' fashion is getting louder
Ladies and gentlemen alike, it’s time to listen up and find your inner queen. There is so much to learn from and take away from the drag community. Now, it may sound strange, but keep reading and you’ll find inspiring takeaways like confidence, strength, learning to be yourself, not taking things too seriously, the power of looking great to feel great and lastly a true love for themselves and others.
The topic of queers, drag queens, transgender and unisex fashion has been getting louder and increasingly more present in the news – so I started to dig a little deeper. I actually didn’t need much help as Netflix proved to be the ultimate source. Yes, you know what I am about to write: the unmistakable RuPaul’s Drag Race and the legendary Queer Eye.
The more I learned about this new world the more I was fascinated by it. It is important to state however that the art of drag is not nearly as present in Europe as it is in the States, but this boom happened thanks to the legendary RuPaul Charles, who works closely with the major leagues of the fashion and media industry. If you look at him it’s no wonder, as he is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most chic and gracious ladies who makes you laugh with her witty and sassy and supportive catchphrases such as: “Extravaganza Eleganza”, “If You Can’t Love Yourself, How the Hell Are You Going to Love Somebody Else?“, “Sashay away” and to describe the ultimate gorgeousness, “sickening”.
It hit me that we, as women, could learn so much from drag queens, and it’s not a joke I am dead serious – listen up!
Confidence and strength: these are all men who had to deal with bullying and abandonment for most of their lives. The majority of drag queens are homosexual men, so imagine the pressure they had of first coming out and then on top of that deciding to transform into women in their free time or even professionally. Not all received the support from their families and many of them have even been kicked out on the streets (yes also when underaged!!!) with absolutely nothing. But, because the drag community is so very welcoming and loving, these new queens on the block have a drag “mother” most of the times and a new family with people who accept them as they are.
The list of suffering is long, but I just needed to give you a taste.
But, because they love and absolutely adore this artform, they fight for it and do it anyway, because unlike the real harsh judging world, the drag scene makes them feel wonderful and most of all, accepted and at home.
That’s one lesson we women could learn from them: chase after what makes you happy and fight for it even if the world seems to be against you.
What I l.o.v.e. about these characters is that they don’t dwell much on the difficulties and rough patches in life, and this lightness shows perfectly in the creation of their names. To name a few: Alaska Thunderfuck, Silky Chocolate Ganache, Mimi Luzon, Jujubee, Rebecca Glasscock, Jessica Wild, Miss Shangay Lily, Monét X Change, Ongina – the list is long!
These names clearly show that they don’t take themselves too seriously and that’s something we should all take into consideration. Do not overthink and get into your head too much, because why stress and make yourself look stupid and waste resourceful energy?
They might pass by you unnoticed as their everyday self, but honey, do not judge a book by its cover, because most of them have so much personality, or like RuPaul would say “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent”, that they could blink you away in a second with their XXXL fake lashes.
It’s okay to escape into another world but be consistent and let your character live to the fullest! One of the drag queens most admirable traits, I find, is their ability to find confidence through their created persona of a drag queen. This confidence moves over to their daily lives, where they might have had little before.
Their self-confidence also comes a lot from self-love and acceptance, features that we women lack a lot of the time, even if we won’t admit it. We gnaw and gnaw about our body, hair and skin non-stop, but let’s stop and think of the drag queens. They work with a male body and turn into a bombshell. They know what their strong suits are and with a little help or two (I am talking about all sorts of padding) they make it work – so why shouldn’t we be able to do the same when the base is already given by nature?
Now, let’s talk fashion.
Did you know that they spend up to 7 hours doing their hair and make-up? Admit it you lovely women, if you are not like Kylie Jenner and do it on a daily 24/7 basis, you wouldn’t dare to spend so much time getting ready, not even for your ultimate dream man on a white horse. And the hurdle of “I don’t have anything to wear” hurdle is still unresolved!
So, just for this we have got to say “respect” for the patience and endurance, plus it’s for all just for a night show!!!
Another aspect I think is very charming, is the fact that these ladies can sew or at least create a pow wow outfit with only a few utensils - the bigger the better. They turn every outfit into a theme or a full look with inspiration in every element.
The “fashion queens” are seen in the crowds at international fashion shows and really take their fashion and style seriously. They push the boundaries of gender and fluidity in fashion and don’t adhere to strict rules beyond creating great and trend-pushing looks.
No matter what they will wear people will point their fingers and stare at them so why not make it worth their while? They know and I know myself, that when you put in the extra effort and you know you look fabulous, you automatically feel like a champion. That being said a lot can be learned and taken from drag queens and those within the LGBTQ community. Through their complete acceptance of themselves and others, immense confidence, enviable strength to push past hardship, the chase for happiness and just pure love for being the most glamourous versions and expressions of themselves, there is a lot to take away and appreciate from the drag and LGBTQ community. They can sing, dance, act, design, sew, do comedy and most of all, “lip sync for your life”. Drag queens do it all and so can you.
Ladies start your engines, grab your phones and turn on “Cover Girl” followed by “Jealous of my boogie” because the world is your stage!