Category is Masquerade: A Look at RuPaul’s Drag Race Herstory 💄

Category is Masquerade: A Look at RuPaul’s Drag Race Herstory 💄

The queens are back and the tea is hot, Judy! Now nearing the end of the spin-off of a much beloved show, with returning contestants of diverse nationalities and franchises, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World 2 has been everywhere— with viewers, queers and allies, hopeful for their representative to take the crown! Don’t know anything about drag, eager to refresh your herstory, or looking for mask outfits from the show? Don’t worry because we’ll walk you through it all, girlfriend!

👑 Pre-RuPaul’s Drag Race Era

Long before, women’s appearance in the theatre was rare and even frowned upon (we really mothered on our progress on women’s emancipation, right?), resulting to male actors adopting a feminine look to portray female leads. The term “drag” was coined in reference to how their dress dragged on the floor as they walked on stage but later became widely associate with men, mostly gays and queers, dressed in feminine clothing and makeup. Today, drag now encompasses transgenders and cishets that challenges gender norms and has traversed the socio-political realm. 

Drag gained even more traction in Vaudeville shows, and in the 1900s, mostly undertaken in underground bars, Drag has become an empowering tool for homosexuals to be unapologetic about their upbringing— especially after the surge of AIDS and the prejudices it created against the queerfolks. 

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👑 RuPaul’s Drag Race Era

After RuPaul’s success with the song “Supermodel (You Better Work), she started RuPaul’s Drag Race— a space where Drag Queens are given the platform and the guide they need to flourish in their career, later making her mark as the Mother of Modern Drag. 

However, for one to take the crown, it is vital that they possess four qualities: Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent or C.U.N.T. in draglingo, and should translate on their performance at mini and maxi-challenges. Some of the most iconic challenges are: Snatch Game, Runway, Drag on a Dime, Workroom, and Lipsync For Your Life. But if there’s one more content from the show that you should see— it’s Untucked, a 30-minute look at the behind the scenes of the show, from the queens’ interactions to their dramas, typically released after the main episode of the week! 

Similarly, Jelli M1 Mask allows us to unleash our authentic selves by featuring our facial cues. Talk about an untucked parallel!


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