A few years back I was flipping through channels looking for something to watch, and I landed on something called Rupaul’s Drag Race. Being born in the nineties I had already heard of Rupaul because of many appearances on different TV programs and famous song “Supermodel (You Better Work)”, but I thought to myself “why the heck is Rupaul racing cars?”
Once I tuned in I was obsessed! Not just because of the fashion and drama, (which is always on point let me add!), but because of what drag meant to them. On the show, we get to hear many stories about the struggles they endure in their personal lives. Many have been shunned from their families because of their sexuality and “lifestyle choices”, which is upsetting. Despite these tragedies, I feel as though the show is a great platform to boost both their careers and confidence!
While I can’t relate to losing communication with my family based on my sexuality (I am a straight black woman with a great family dynamic), I can relate to how important it is to them to form a family of their own because of it. My mother has always taught me how important it is to embrace positive people and how many yearn for a positive family dynamic. After watching dozens of episodes, I decided to inform myself on the history of drag.
For many of the queens, dressing in drag is an outlet and a way of expressing their true selves. Queens like Divine, Lady Bunny, Lavern Cummings, and of course Rupaul paved the way for future queens to live unapologetically. Because as Mama Ru always says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?”
I will always find myself enamored by the art of drag and will always have the utmost respect for these ladies and their talents!