Two years ago I wrote, “Why I love drag.” It was a cheery piece and still holds true. But today I want to go deeper into my love of drag.
Drag is a complicated, misunderstood, complex form of performance art. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go onto youtube and watch some episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.)
I find drag queens to be the bravest people. They are risk takers, explorers and fantasists. They pursue a fantasy identity in a world that considers what they do to be freaky, yet watches them with delight. They are a certain identity when they are not in drag, and they become a different persona in drag. How liberating is that? Don’t we all wish we could be a different part of ourselves that we either haven’t developed, have hidden away or are afraid to show?
“We’re all born naked and the rest is drag,” says RuPaul Charles
Punk, goth, chic, preppy, sportif, conservative, masculine, feminine, sexy, trashy, classy, — we’re all walking around in our self constructed personas, i.e. drag. How we dress projects who we think we are, or who we want to be.
Lately I’ve been looking into my closet and whilst I have collected a lot of seriously nice things over the years, there is some disconnect between much of my clothes and who I feel I am now. That’s because our identities change all the time. We are single women, career women, then young marrieds, mothers, wives, job holders, professionals, divorcees, grandmothers, retirees… our roles and identities change, hence, our clothing choices are ever changing and endless.
“When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do.” RuPaul Charles
I guess you never arrive. Oh, I’ll speak for myself: I never seem to arrive at my ultimate look. Just like life is ever changing, throwing me new curves, I am always, sigh, a work in progress.
That’s a good thing.
P.S. Do you love your clothes? Does your clothes express who you are? Are you totally connected with your clothing persona?
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