Generally speaking, drag is the clothing used to dress up as the opposite sex. In my opinion, drag is more than just clothing; it’s an art. It is the process of transforming and performing as a fictional persona, usually of the opposite sex. It is often done for entertainment purposes, usually for comic relief.
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Who can do drag?
Absolutely anyone can do drag! Cis females and males, straight females and males, transgenders and transsexuals of all sexualities, non-binary individuals… Literally anyone who feels like they have to do something absolutely different, and empowering at the same time, can do drag. After watching Buzzfeed’s videos of men trying drag and women trying drag, all have said that they have experienced something utterly magical and confidence-boosting.
What are drag queens?
Drag queens are males who do drag. They dress up as exaggerated females with sometimes crazy hairstyles, overdone make-up (but not any less fabulous), and padding in the front and the back that even challenges Kim Kardashian. It’s really for comedic, dramatic, and satirical effect. Again, they are not transgender women. Dressing up and performing as a woman is not the same as being a woman trapped inside a male body.
What are drag kings?
Drag kings on the other hand are women who do drag. They become hyper-masculine characters, sometimes drawing inspiration from male celebrities like Elvis or Pitbull. There’s a lot of hair trimmings that come in use to create mustaches and chest hair, bronzer to recreate the sharp bone structure of a man, and let’s not forget how women bind their chests with duct tape to become flat. Lady Gaga is a good example when she dressed up as Jo Calderone at the MTV Awards.
Why are drag kings not as known as drag queens?
When drag queens perform, they are not only being feminine but being feminine to a comedic degree; in other words, mocking femininity. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes people aren’t as comfortable if we turn the tables around. But there has been talk about drag kings appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race, just like how ANTM started accepting men as their contestants.
Drag is definitely an interesting performance art that has been in pop culture for a long time now. That’s exactly why you should get your facts straight before you let common misconceptions of drag confuse you.