I first fell in love with drag queens when watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race, as I’m sure most straight, white millennials did. However whilst I loved the drama of the show, my favourite aspect was the looks they wore. Drag queens are always fierce, and their outfits often daring and jaw dropping. Even designer Marc Jobs is a fan, showing just how influential Ru Paul’s show is in the fashion world. Drag queens are continuously popping up in fashion, and I couldn’t be more excited that these gorgeous girls are getting the recognition they well and truly deserve.
Three of the most iconic Ru girls, Violet Chachki, Miss Fame and Pearl are perfect model material, and people in fashion seem to agree. The season 7 sisters killed it at the Mui Mui party held in Paris in 2015. It’s not just events the queens are invited to, Pearl has also featured in magazine Dazed and Confused in 2015, looking every bit a model as biological women that have covered Vogue (if not more than half the Insta models that feature in Vogue!). Speaking of Vogue, Violet appeared in Vogue Italia in January 2016, which is such a huge, progressive step for the drag community.
Some of my favourite drag queens include Kim Chi (whose Galliano inspired outfit is one of my faves), Naomi Smalls (someone I was lucky enough to meet!), Raja and Aquaria, in terms of fashion. These queens always look fierce and flawless, and dress better than half of the models praised in Vogue. Drag Race has given so many talented queens exposure they deserve, and showcased their fashion abilities to the world. There’s sewing challenges often on the show, and this even gives queens the chance to show how skillful they are at designing too, such as Asia O’ Hara from the current series, who makes the majority of her costumes herself.
These are just a handful of my favourite fashion moments that include drag queens. I think it’s so inspiring the progress these queens are making, and fully welcome the inclusion of drag royalty into the fashion world. Let’s hope the fashion industry continues to recruit the fierce and fabulous queens!
Until next time,
Images sourced from Billboard, HisKind, Dazed and Confused, Chicago Magazine, Pinterest and Ru Paul’s Drag Race Wiki