Drag: Art knows no gender

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Drag: Art knows no gender

Me in drag as mx. retrograde.

Me in drag as mx. retrograde.

Mason Montano

Me in drag as mx. retrograde.

Mason Montano

Mason Montano

Me in drag as mx. retrograde.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

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Drag is a style of visual and performance art created by Queer people characterized by campy lip-sync routines and defying traditional roles of gender through makeup and costuming. It’s existed as an underground art form for decades until the late 1990s, when American drag queen RuPaul, who is considered to be the most commercially successful drag queen in the world, became the first drag supermodel. 

RuPaul would later go on to host the Emmy-winning reality competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has become a worldwide phenomenon since its debut in February 2009, launching drag even further into the mainstream and boosting the careers of many successful drag artists, such as Trixie Mattel and Jasmine Masters.

Despite drag’s newfound visibility, many people still do not fully understand what it’s all about. When people hear the word “drag”, they think, exclusively, of drag queens and drag kings. A drag queen is commonly defined as a cisgender, gay man dressing as a woman, and a drag king is commonly defined as a cisgender, gay woman dressing as a man, however, drag cannot and should not be defined so narrowly.

Drag is an art form through which anyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity, can freely express themselves and their creativity. For example: If you are a cisgender woman, Queer or not, and dress in a hyper-feminine way, it’s still drag. If you are a cisgender man, Queer or not, and dress in a hyper-masculine way, it’s still drag. If you are transgender or non-binary, and dress in either fashion, it’s still drag. The list is endless because drag is open to anyone and everyone!

There’s also no right or wrong way to do it. You can make yourself look masculine, feminine, androgynous, or not even human at all and still be doing drag. When I do drag, I’m not trying to look like a “man” or a “woman”. I want to look like a cartoon character, free of the labels assigned to me for society’s convenience, and I also use whatever materials are available to me because everything is drag.

So don’t be afraid to drag up your life because, as RuPaul says, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag”.

mx. retrograde is a gender non-conforming Queer artist whose style of drag can best be described as “skinny, Y2K”.