The “natural” look has never really done much for me. When I was growing up, I felt like every makeup tutorial I saw in magazines (because there weren’t beauty gurus on Youtube or Instagram then. You had to find out how to put makeup on from Seventeen like some kind of peasant) was focused on how to wear enough makeup to look like you weren’t wearing any. And that’s just not how I roll.
Is it any surprise that I absolutely love drag queens?
“Drag queens aren’t trying to look like women, they’re trying to look like drawings of women” is a quote that really struck me, paraphrased from something Violet Chachki’s drag mother told her. I relate to that idea a lot, of aspiring to an aesthetic that’s heightened, something that kind of twists the expected norm. Women are punished for not being “feminine” enough, but there’s also a strange hazy place on the other end of the scale, when you’ve gone too feminine. There’s a level of effort/femininity that you’re expected to reach, but going past that has the danger of making you seem “vain” or “high maintenance.” To which I can only say
One of my favorite parts of watching RuPaul’s Drag Race (as opposed to a drag show) is getting to see behind the curtain, the time, thought, and energy that the queens put into each look they create. I don’t think of wearing pinup as a costume or putting on a character or anything, but fashion is a way that I express myself artistically, and that intentionality is something I want to bring into my own ~Looks~.
It’s not all Serious Business Fashion, either. My very favorite queens are always the ones who mix that classic campy/kitschy side of drag in with the glamor because, well…I’m pretty damn kitschy myself. You can (and should, in my opinion) be both gorgeous and hilarious.
Before I started living my best life~ fashionwise, I was super jealous of drag queens. It seemed like the only way to do what I really wanted in my heart of hearts was to be on a stage. But, y’know what? The world is my stage, darling.
Last, but not least, RuPaul has created my ultimate psych-up jam. Whenever I need a little extra courage in a challenging pair of heels, this is what’s playing in my head.