Learning to Recognize Your Inner Queen

The great RuPaul is on tour with the cast of this season's RuPaul's Drag Race. For those of you who are familiar with the series you can look forward to the amazing talent of Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Acid Betty, Derrick Barry and many more gracing our fair city.

Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race season 8

Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race season 8

We wanted to talk about the amazing influence the drag community has had on the body positive movement. Since modern drag performance began, it has been incredibly inclusive. It spans class and culture and is not only a form of entertainment, but a form of expression for the performer. When you look at incredible contemporary plus size queens like Stacey Layne Mathews and Delta Work you can't help but be inspired by their confidence and fierce stage presence. There are also beautiful queens embracing their naturally flat chests in a wonderfully sexy way. Naomi Smalls is a great example of a lean and muscular beauty. All body types are authentically celebrated.

Stacey Lane Mattews

Stacey Lane Mattews

Delta Work

Delta Work

Naomi Smalls

Naomi Smalls

Any cis woman watching can't help but be in awe of their beauty and femininity. Our friend, musician Chloe Spears said of the impact of drag on her body confidence "[Jaidynn Dior Fierce] helped me as a full figured woman dress better. It's about finding your waist and accenting your best features. It's effortless tricks to bring out your femininity." She was inspired by Jaidynn Dior Fierce who is a plus size queen from Nashville. Chloe even messaged Jaden to express her gratitude for the confidence boost and received a response. This community is incredibly supportive. The success in the drag community is largely due to the way these women support each other and support their fans.

Jaidynn Dior Fierce

Jaidynn Dior Fierce

Even current makeup trends were born in the drag style. Contouring has become popular as a standard part of make-up application. This is a technique straight out of drag culture. If you've ever watched a youtube tutorial on getting your eyebrows on fleek, you have the drag community to thank.

Vivienne Pinay giving us perfectly contoured face and on fleek brows

Vivienne Pinay giving us perfectly contoured face and on fleek brows

Just think about all the obstacles these queens had to face to become their most authentic selves. Their journeys are inspirational. They face many obstacles in being welcomed into mainstream society and sometimes their own families. They fought to express themselves in a way that feels authentic to themselves. They are perfect role models for men and women alike for confidence, self-love and self-acceptance. So we want to extend a huge thank you to anyone who has the courage the be themselves, fully, without exception, because you inspire us and you are beautiful.

Xo

The Spandettes

Lizzy's Portrait of RuPaul

Lizzy's Portrait of RuPaul