Dragged Up – frock’s Top 5 for Pride Drag Queens
The earliest known form of drag culture emerged in Ancient Greece. In Greek society, women were deemed inferior to men and were banned from the theatre, this meant that men had to take on the female roles themselves. Shakespearian plays during the Elizabethan era also featured men playing female roles dressed as women, the roles were given to men in a bid to exclude women from the arts. A 16th Century Japanese performance called Kabuki also featured a cast of men dressed as women. The Victorian era continued the gender fluidity trend, this time allowing women to play men on stage. While Western opera has also been known to use gender fluid casts. In modern culture, drag performances embrace sexuality and celebrate women rather than suppress them. With the Dublin Pride Parade less than 24 hours away, we’ve taken a look at our Top 5 for Pride drag performers.
Phi Phi O’Hara is Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 4 runner-up and our guilty drag pleasure on Instagram. The creative queen often draws inspiration from cartoons and comics and is currently involved in 365 days of Drag which involves drag queens posting one drag picture per day in full drag. Phi Phi is currently on day 165 and we can’t get enough of this fierce queen’s transformations.
Queen of Thursday Nights
The queen of Thursday nights in The George, Davina Devine‘s show is not one to be missed. Think glitter, windswept hair, intricate costumes, flawless makeup, perfectly executed choreography and over the top fabulousness. The hilarious host puts on a drag-filled night to remember.Warrior chic direct from #sydneymardigras ❤️ A photo posted by Davina Devine (@davina.devine) on
Barbie Coco was one of our favourite performer’s on the Dublin drag scene, this girl had serious moves, even in 6 inch heels. The original Barbie was a regular in PantiBar, The George and The Dragon Bar, before it closed it’s doors. The queen has since hung up her heels to focus on her passion for hair, watch out for the drag queen on the upcoming series of Australia’s Next Top Model, where her alter ego Jamie Smith will be styling all the hopeful winners’ hair.
Queen of the Desert
Australia is renowned for it’s drag scene. The competition is high, the makeup is flawless and the performances are unrivalled. One of our favourite Australian performers is April Fools. April is based in Sydney and her Instagram is bursting with outfits, wigs and makeup skills beyond compare. Check out some of his performance vids @dragapril.Sunday’s 1hr 15min face with #nofilter!!!! @shiftsydney #gay #lgbt #lgbtpride #lgbtcommunity #lgbtfriendly #lgbtvenue #oxfordstreet #blonde #glamour #fun #beautiful #makeup #lashes #mua #face #glitter #painted4filth #mug4dayz #contour #contouring #dragqueen #sydney #sydneydrag #AprilFools #makeupartist #showgirl #entertainer #show A photo posted by April Fools (@dragapril) on
The Queen of Ireland
The queen of Ireland herself is definitely worth a follow on all of her social media platforms. You probably recognise Panti Bliss from her prominent role in the fight for equality during Ireland’s Marriage Referendum and most recently for her battle to keep her delightful sign outside her Dublin Bar. We’re glued to the gay rights activist’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. If feisty, quick-witted and thought-provoking posts are what you seek on the daily, follow the outspoken gay rights activist on Facebook Panti Bliss/Pantibar. If fabulous selfies are more your cup of tea, follow the queen on Instagram @pantibliss.Celebration ready. #MarRefAnniversary A photo posted by pantibliss (@pantibliss) on