sure wireless mic Is this the Golden Age of Drag? Yes. And No.
At the Brooklyn Metropolitan Bar in New York on November, hororchata and Merrie Cherry on the left took the stage.30, 2017.At the Brooklyn Metropolitan Bar in New York on November, hororchata and Merrie Cherry on the left took the stage.30, 2017.A few days before Thanksgiving, a tourist bus full of "Drag Queens" quickly crossed the countryside of Wisconsin in a brisk afternoon.The Mimosa was poured (and refilled) and the hair was put down --or taken off."Drag Queen Christmas: naughty Tour" in progress: 30-city, cross-The country trek is starring the star of the Emmy's "Paul Lu Costume Contest"Win a popular reality show on vh1.The bus is not very spacious-It sleeps 12 beds like coffee and the shower is a standing MRIBut for drag, this is still a symbol of a new state, a constantMisconceptions about performing artsPop up the cork on the bus of the rock band, across the United States, not just in big cities, find fans, this is a turning point in Eureka O'Hara, Queens, never imagined growing up in Tennessee, she was very nervous when she first performed, so she put her wallet on the stage and shook it."I like myself," she said ." She lay lazily at the banquet, banging on the table with sparkling nails."I think I belong somewhere.She wiped her knee, and last season she was injured in the "drag racing.She can't take the time to treat her well."I had to perform on crutches because the bill had to be paid "-And there is no health insurance.But she does have Paul Lu who invited her back this spring for the 10 th season."I 've been worried that the 'drag race' thing will end," Eureka said ."."When you put so much love, money and time into this craft, I don't want to go back and drive around and have no money to work.I know what it feels like to struggle to do this every day."For many performers and their followers, this is the golden age of drag, thanks in large part to the popularity of" Drag Race, as well as its derivative "RuPaul's Drag Race returned on January.25.The show has brought a leap into the career of nearly 120 Queens, many of whom have accepted a penalty schedule for performing around the world, and from a few like Bianca Del RioThe comedian in the show hall;This spring, Bob will play the role of American Angel in Belize at the Berkeley Theatre;Sitting in the front row at the Marc Jacobs fashion show, the most popular person in the fashion industry, Violet Chachki;And Rick Zamolodchikova Mattel and Katya, protestHost Viceland's Trixie & Katya show."In a way that can't be ignored, drag finally gets to where it should be in pop culture," Randy babatoThe founder of "World of Miracle" said by phone that the company produced "Drag Race" and its derivatives."It's just the beginning for us.(RuPaul declined to be interviewed.)Lucrative sub-The industry has emerged: the wig and cosmetic collection, the diamond vendor and the buttock pad, and the YouTubers that show you how to do it all well;Online stores like DragQueenMerch.com selling T-Shirt and enamel pin;Managers, PR staff and assistants who help these brandsThe new celebrities met their demands for success."Everyone wants to catch up with the trend," Bianca said on the phone ."."Anyone on Instagram with mascara is a makeup artist.The people who know both queens are managers.But, in addition to the "race racing", more queens are working for an unstable salary --Cheering and fishing for their filming on the show."Who is good at 'mopping, 'is equal to who is good at mopping, and Queens can get on their own," Brooklyn Queen and transgender woman Charlene said at her kitchen table ."."The way you dance on Instagram and communicate with yourself.In Toy Story, we're like the alien in the machine waiting for the claws to pick them up.We let the Queen perform on stage instead of focusing on their art."The show was first aired on the Logo, attracting more female audiences on VH1, most of which will drag as a stage for gender expression.While some will soon call the early days a more real golden age --1980 s, its kaleidoscope club and ball scene, or 1990 s, as well as the talk show and the movie "to Wang Fu, thank you for everything!Julie Newmar" —They admit that today's popularity is very high."I would say that this has never been seen before," said varra Jean Merman, based in New Orleans, on the phone."Drag is a viable career."Life is going on --But what are these lives like?As it turns out, like many others, dragging is a job that takes a long time and rarely returns immediately.There is no union or healthcare, but there is a cash tip if you walk into the audience.Below is a glimpse of bars and nightclubs, concert halls and Conferences --And the day-to-day life of occupational Queens health (but certainly incomplete) sampling.Barbato said: "The work of the transvestite queen in the entertainment industry is the most difficult ." Fenton Bailey, another founder of "World of Miracle", interjected: "They are superstars.artists."I'm not ready at all", "make way for Bob, make way for Bob", October, a stage manager barks on the wings of the town hall, everyone --Staff, production assistant, stylistEmbrace the wall.Bob, just on his lips.Sync with Shirley Brazil number backed up by four tuxedo-Dressed Male Dancer, rush over, kick off her heel, peel off her wig and spin so her assistant Louis alvalezhacht can pull the zipper openIn the speechless well,Oarezschacht put on another dress, shoes and African wig for her, he reached out to comb, Bob took a breath and took a wireless microphone from the stage.Soon after, after seven other "drag racing" alumni performed a joint number, Bob came back on stage."I cleaned very well," said Bob ."Nearly 1,500 spectators cheered for her costume change."It took $100,000 and two years."She presided over the Wass incident," Lu Paul's "World drag: Werq World" tour, which is about to end 13 appointments in the United States (a stop in Latin America will start on February)The travel day is as follows: arrive at the airport at 6: 00.m.Fly, land in a town, take a nap and get stuck if the hotel room is ready ("After three hours of centralized grooming and painting, it's time to really get your job done jackie Beat said by email), perform at a local bar and return to the hotel at 2 in the morningm.Repeat it the next day."It's lonely," Bob said backstage .""I may go home for five days a month, but they never get together.You really don't know anyone in the town you go.You don't make a connection outside of "girl, you're fierce" or someone says what you say to you.Sometimes you get fired and you feel like I could have done something "strange "."In September, about 35,000 fans came to the Javits Center for the first DragCon in New York.More than 50 "drag racing" alumni sell photos and merchandise with slogans.The attendees lined up for hours to pose with their favorite people --The most recent season of the Championship, the conference's space Mountain Sasha Ville has been waiting for more than six hours.That night, on the DragCon version of her monthly "pyjamas" show, Sasha has restarted her last episode of the seasonSynced with Whitney Houston's "So Emotional."At the climax of the song, she raised her wig and rose petals rolled like they were on the show --But they also rained from the ceiling this time.Screaming deafening from the crowded house."Everyone is welcome," Sasha said in the microphone ."."Everyone is very important and valuable."Fans flocked during the break.A few months later, in the green room of Build Studio in New York, Katya talked about the merchandise boom at the conference."People are yelling at you to give them T-She added that she sometimes issues items for free.Next to Trixie shrugged."I'm going to shake the teenagers down for their mom's money," she said .".For many "drag racing" Queens, it is not smooth to change jobs to business owners."I'm not ready at all," Season 7 player Pearl --Said at lunch."I was 23.I don't know how to manage money.A ton full-Time queen of New YorkThey're not making hundreds of thousands of dollars."Drag Race" girl.You need someone to guide you.So I gave my whole career to my manager.I work too hard.Others complain about unexperienced promotion meet overbooking meetingand-At the end of the night, greetings or drunkenness refuse to pay for them."My manager must get the money;"It took a month," said Kim Chi of season 8, speaking of a club in Miami."Anyone can be a promoter if they can wait in line for the venue and money.Shangela Laquifa Wadley, who will participate in the "all-star" competition, said that after a manager allegedly booked a room for her at the club, what entertainment company took the deposit as its ownThe club contacted her on social media."Honey, I called the sheriff," she said on the phone, adding, "I got everything back.Last year, a sixth season playerAdore Delano reported $3.Filed a 5 million lawsuit against her manager David chapenttier and his corporate producer Entertainment GroupIt has a wholestar roster —Alleged theft of appearance fees and travel revenueThe company filed a counterclaim.Charpentier said in an email that Adore's allegations were inaccurate.(Adore did not respond to an interview request.) These headaches prompted Latrice Royale in season 4 to form LRI talent and management companies representing several Queens of the drag race."It happened a lot as a local queen: 'You were canceled tonight, '" she recalled, urging promoters to tell her."Bitch, I expect that money to pay the rent."Without any formal alliance, a whisper network was formed among the" rally "alumni.They group-Text warnings and suggestions such as how to merge or set up fromemployment IRA."We'll say, 'OK sister, Did you register your music at ASCAP?Said Shangela.In the absence of representation, the local queens must decide on their own expenses, and Sasha remembers it very well."You always have at least four hours of time," she said in her apartment ." She is packing her bags for her Christmas trip."It has to be around $100 or you will be cheated.Surprisingly, it was considered a good show in New York.It should be the minimum wage, but there is no standard.People will do it for free.It's a passion."Hororchata, founder of Brooklyn drag festival Bushwig, said she worked freely in the first two years of dragging to get her name."This is a freelance career," said the Brooklyn Queen Kelsey dagger, drinking coffee ."."You constantly re-evaluate your value and balance with the fact that you do like this and want to do so.Merrie Cherry has been working full time for several years."It's not easy," she said .""But if you worry about money all the time, you can't live.She nodded at the piercing dress in the opposite chair."It took me two months for this.Live, girl."In addition to her weekly performance at New York bar treatment, Pixie Aventura is waiting for a designer to throw away a commissioned costume from the fourth costume --floor window.She tried to catch it,Dressed in bags on the sidewalk.She pointed to the price and shouted, "Send me a text message and tell me how much ." Then hide in the bar.The cost of a New York bar show ranges from $50 to $250, plus a tip, which can be rewarding --Bob, before the rally, she said she paid off the student loan with 10,000 sheets --or not.Regular fees such as new clothes and wigs, makeup supplements and taxis (to avoid harassment of 3a)m.The subway) is the same as the actual charge of drag, adding up."There are athlete's feet, joint pain, UTIs, pink eyes," Katya said ."."There's weird sexualization, there's no sexualization when you want it, and there's almost no normal gay relationship at all.Charlene laughs at the kitchen table, "unless you win 'rupauls draw Race, 'the reward is primarily spiritual."A few years ago, this was the world of Wala, sherry and Jackie --20 years, 25 years and 28 years respectively-had lunch.The "drag racing" has been running for several seasons and bookings have been reduced."The club only wants girls who are 'dragging Lala, '" Shirley said on the phone ."."We thought, 'Oh my God, what shall we do?DJ and wiggstock founder Bunny, who knows a bar owner, often book "drag racing" Queens."He said fans watched the first number and lined up for the game --and-She said at breakfast."When you see someone's picture on TV so people can like you on social media, it's more important than acting?She shook her head."But this is not a drag race '.This is the world."Walla is still a singing and dancing venue in Palm Springs and Providence, where Shirley and Jackie begin to explore theatrical performances.Their fame and performance on stage had the upper hand;The owner of the club and bar started calling again."Look where they are and there is no gold ticket for the 'Trailer Tour'," Bianca said ."."Talent will always prevail.The film "trick" and a YouTube series of her errands and rants made Coco Peru famous and she plans to retire after six years."I 've been carrying heavy suitcases around the world for 27 years," she said in a song and dance show in Birdland, New York.In the locker room, she patted the fly with pantyhose."They will pay me and I will go anywhere," she said ."."I go to travel on weekends.I'm going to play three or four games and go home for a week.This is a good schedule at my age.Cocoa began in the West Village of New York in 1990."I'm doing my best to sing on an open microphone and distribute postcards," she said ."."I will spray paint on the sidewalk, 'she knows, Miss Coco Peru,' just to make a splash.There was no internet."Walla Performs in bars like pyramids, brakes and engineering --Right behind the Museum of Natural History.They put a piece of plywood on the pool table.Coco helped her get into the karaoke room."We will go out and beg people to come to the show," said Vara ."."There is no other way.Now, you watched it on TV for five minutes, and you already have a career.Shirley moved to New York in 1992, when the wind was surging."Spotlight, palladium and tunnels --"All the big clubs pay $200 or $300 to Queens to stay outside for two hours," she said ."."You can do three in one night."As film students, babato and Bailey skipped classes to the pyramids, where they saw performers like Tabb!And Echenberg.Jackie remembers that the scene in Los Angeles is equally vibrant."Clubs like Trade and Dragstrip 66 appear and it seems like everyone is doing drag," she said ."."Retro, junk, fetish.People like aquite, Dior, and Loya, who are Mondo Connie, and the sister of Barry, Sean Del.A lot of them are gone."When Rudy Giuliani, then mayor, used the ban, the situation in New York changed --era, now-The song and dance law against nightclubs was abolished."Giuliani killed the nightlife," Shirley said ."."You will drag your feet to the bar and you will be there in five minutes and the fire department will turn on the lights.Like: where are we?Is this 1938 Berlin?"On 1990, Roxy hired Shequida to participate in the weekly gay dance night Roxy Saturdays.On her way to the line ballroom to host brunch, she points to a building pit on the West Side Highway."This is where it used to be," she said;The club closed on 2007.Ms. Bunny, who began performing at the pyramid in 1984, sighed."The place where I grew up is no longer there," she said ."."No big gay club, except monsters, opens a dance floor in Manhattan seven days a week.Thank God it's there."Linda Simpson, another pyramid veteran, now hosts bingo at Le Poisson Rouge."Ru is incredible," she said on Uber .""But it tells us that this type of top character has been the same since 1992.Drag is still a slum.The entertainment industry is still not sure how to deal with the drag.Why not give Bianca her own talk show?Why not do some sitcom with salon needles?They are very popular.Don't let Ru step down, but is there any other emotional space?"'Shouldn't be near our eyes 'It's a Sunday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and there are rumors that a gay club on Branch Avenue is holding a night-dragging once a week.Diamond Dane, acting manager at the barSync with Adele's "Hello.A group of regulars waved dollars while drinking vodka soda.Gabriela Jiahao, the cooperation of the programThe owner also jumped down from the stool to tip her.In the public locker room upstairs, the resident Queen smoked and changed the next number."I have always been interested in full --"It's time, but my body is gone," Diamond said ." She is in her 30 s and has been a performer for 16 years."I'm old in the world of mud.It hurts.Batty Davis smiled deliberately.After wearing high heels for 12 years, she developed peripheral neuropathy."I have pain from my feet to my hips," she said ."."My toes are usually numb.To maintain their weight, the clip-Many queens wear flying earrings while dancing, glued to them with nail glue."I finally stopped," Diamond said .""I was infected, had a headache, and had this strange pain in my chin.My ears look like hamburgers for 10 years.She is using double now.sided tape.) It was at that moment that Gabriela was gluing her earrings."Did you tell him what we used for eyelashes?" she asked.Batty raised a bottle for $3.99 Hairspray: "This should not be close to our eyes.Her eyes stared intently at the mirror."When I started, I thought, 'I want to make this my career,' she said. '"."Every New Girl has this idea.Siren Heartt, the new queen from Columbus, Ohio, drove six hours to perform rumors and he laughed."See?Said Gabriel.She's full of work-Time in Sephora) "People will ask, 'Don't you hate to do the drag after a long day of work?'" Batty said.She is a makeup artist for MAC and works from 10.m.to 4 p.m.Rumors arrived at 9: 00.m.Prepare for 11 pencem.The performance usually lasts until 2.m."I like the connections I make with women every day, and then I can turn this around myself.I don't want to be the next superstar.I like what I do locally.Gabriella agreed: "It is important to have visibility in rural areas."Gemma Stone used to entertain guests at bars --In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it earns nearly $1,500 a week.Sixteen-After an hour's delay, she was quickly exhausted."It was an escape from my daily life when I started," she said ."."Turning it into my daily life is a bit of a damage to me."She now waits and performs in front of rumors every month."I want to drag on," she said .""It's interesting again.We came here early to make up together, laugh together and joke together.Batty struggled to find the front of the dress she had just worn and interjected: "If you drag for money, you are wrong.Someone said, "Well, I'm leaving, so," laughed in the room."Thank you for coming, you guys at the pantagis theater in Minni aporius, the preview of the Christmas tour --and-Greet has attracted only about 30 fans.(The co-Murray Hodgson, Promoter of Promoter & Peter Present, accused another drag event two weeks ago at the next-door venue, a fundraising event for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, as it lowered the count.Red Bull, white wine and Emergen in the background-C —And straws to avoid applying lipstick.The Queen changed during their meeting.and-Greetings. their first one.act costumes.There are only three theaters.The dormitory is full and growling.Eureka lip-Synchronized with the holiday pop medley;Aja will compete on All StarSync up with Madonna's "Frozen" and Azelia Banks's "Snow Princess"A white wig in an angry circle;Sequrice is a sequin Nutcracker that rotates the flag into a "Ode to the Bell ".Chi DeVayne also confirmed this for all stars, she flipped through and jumped so fast in RuPaul's "Everything I Want For Christmas" that the straps"Did you see?She asked backstage."I just knew I had to stay away from that foot.After the show, the actors walked upstairs.show signing.Hodgson told the audience: "If you don't have a formal merch tour, please don't queue up," when the assistant handed the item to Queens for signature, they were locked behind the pillar 10 feet away.Eureka called them and said, "Thank you for coming ."."I love you.Two days later, the bus stopped at the DeVos Performance Hall.Built by the family of education minister Betsy DeVosIn the center of Grand Rapids.Season 9 runner-up Sasha and Shea culletThe people who flew from other shows that morning pushed their suitcases onto the bus."I think I can get away with it today without shaving," Xie said ." She touched her chin.She climbed up the bunk and took a nap.She was at least an hour before work.