In the show business, there are male artists who work with women’s clothing and makeup. These artists are called Drag Queen.
The Drag Queen doesn’t represent a woman with normal characteristics, since her clothes and her appearance are exaggerated: they have big platforms, flashy wig, provocative dress , in short, they cause an impactful scene. In this way, the spectator watches the performance of a man who sings and dances with the appearance and style of an explosive woman. This contrast is the authentic element that characterizes the so-called “Queens of the Night”.
The issue of sexual identity
In relation to sexual identity , there is no single profile of Drag Queen. Many of them are straight men who create a female character in order to present a fun and original show. In some cases, it is a transvestite or a transsexual. In any case, it should not be thought that the Drag Queen necessarily has a particular sexual orientation, so she can be gay, bisexual or straight.
A Drag Queen is not simply a man in disguise
Although Drag Queen is basically a man disguised as a woman who puts on a show to entertain the audience, this type of character is associated with several issues:
1) Disguise has a transgressive component, in fact, the Drag Queens perform at most Carnival parties (Carnival takes place before Lent and is a period when certain taboos disappear);
2) from the point of view of sexuality, Drag Queen is related to fetishism, bisexuality and hidden desires;
3) Behind the performance of a Drag Queen, there is a series of ideals: fantasy, provocation, ambiguity, etc.
4) this type of character reminds us that the identity of the human being is complex, as we are what we project onto others and, at the same time, what we would like to be.
Women who become men
The woman who adopts a masculine disguise to entertain the public is known as the Drag King. Their performances have the same ingredients as the Drag Queens, but in the opposite version. Drag King intends to parody certain male archetypes and, in this sense, their performance has a component of social criticism and provocation. Both they and they face on occasion through the moral prejudices of a sector of society .