Carlotta entertaining in 2002.
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Long before Drag Race, Carlotta was foundational in establishing a specifically Aussie mode of drag: outlandish, flamboyant, irreverent and ocker.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars attend Meet the Queens event at TRL Studios in Dec. 2018.
As we wait for the finalists of Drag Race All Stars Season 6 to “lip-sync for their legacy!” what can we learn from the “herstory” of lip-syncing in drag?
The contestants of the first Canadian Drag Race.
How Ru Paul’s Drag Race turned an underground anti-capitalist art form into a lucrative multifaceted mainstream industry
A sign of the times.
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There’s a long history of books being banned from public and school libraries.
Participants strut their stuff at Miss Gay Western Cape.
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There were secretive, intimate spaces in South Africa during the 1950s that paved the way for modern drag pageants.
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Our research into drag cultures and performances found that despite the common idea of two schools of drag, it is much more diverse.
Gayle started life as a language spoken by gay men. But its use has shifted over time.
Gayle remains as popular as ever – but it has evolved, shifted and become a language spoken by more than just gay men.
Dame Edna Everage is the drag persona of Barry Humphries.
There is still a lot of misunderstanding about what being transgender means and how it relates to drag.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season ten.
RuPaul’s Drag Race, now in its tenth season, is an extraordinary success. But the show valorises a specific form of masculinity and is still grappling with a rapidly changing discourse around gender.
Some drag kings draw on facial hair to perform masculinity.
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Drags kings have recently been declining in popularity, partly due to the evolving debate around gender and identity. But now a new and more inclusive drag culture is taking the stage.
What’s the collective noun for a group of pantomime dames?
Claims have been made that having a male panto dame in this day and age is sexist (Oh no it isn’t!)
Eamon Farren as Ava and Jessica Marais as Carlotta.
Photo by Simon Cardwell. ABC
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