Tag Archives: drag icon
Oh, my Christmas wishes just came true. The infamous Boom Boom recreates Marilyn Monroe’s celebrated photo shoot from the first issue of Playboy in this stunning photograph by Austin Young. Have you ever SEEN such beauty?
“Francis Renault was an active and popular ‘femme mimic’ from the early 1900s to the 1950s. He was born Antonio Auriemma in Naples Italy on September 5, 1895. He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where, after a show, he reportedly met and was inspired by the great Edwardian female impersonator Julian Eltinge. Francis made his vaudeville reputation impersonating Lillian Russell, the great American beauty whose career and pulchritude spanned decades before and after the turn of the twentieth century. Like Lillian, he wore gorgeous gowns. His investment in gowns was extensive, tallying in the tens of thousands of dollars. At some theatres like the Palace, his costumes were displayed in theatre lobbies, where women could get a closer look at their richness and craftsmanship. Unlike Eltinge, Renault was in the habit of wearing his female costumes on the street of the various cities and towns where he toured. This created a great deal of publicity for his show, but frequently incensed local authorities. He was arrested and released on several occasions for female impersonation, notably in Dallas and Atlanta.” – From Vaudeville Old & New, An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, Vol 1, by Frank Cullen with Florence Hackman and Donald McNeilly (2006). (via Flickr)
Is it possible to love Melissa McCarthy any more than we already do? The zaftig actress channels Divine in this gorgeous Entertainment Weekly photo shoot, alongside wowlebrities Pandora Boxx (closest to Melissa) and Mimi Imfurst (second from the left).
This short documentary, directed by Craig Calman and alternately called He Made Herself a Star, is a marvelous peek into the bygone world of a quietly fading goddess. The ever-alluring drag legend Alexis Del Lago has been beguiling clubgoers for decades. I remember meeting her in the ’80s and even then she seemed a dazzling relic from an earlier age. Here she talks (in a sadly faltering voice) about Warhol and Mapplethorpe (whom she found “tacky”) and shows us the pictures of an incredible life lived to the fullest, on the furthest edges of society. This is our LGBT history,people, and Alexis is a living monument to our culture.