Canada’s Drag Race pit crew member Mina Gerges, has been a show fave for being a “plus-sized” man.
Gerges told Out,
“I didn’t know that I’d be the first plus-sized member of the Pit Crew
but I knew I needed to be there so that the young gay kids watching the show can see a bigger body and stretch marks and learn to be kinder to themselves.”
Gerges, who is gay and gender-fluid, made his entrance in episode four of Canada’s Drag Race as one of 10 Pit Crew members, which caused a minor social media frenzy.
Viewers were ecstatic to see some body diversity. But there are always haters, and Gerges said a few sent him bullying comments.
“I’ve read hundreds of comments from gay men labeling, criticizing, and analysing my body and it’s really not cute.
Just appreciate that you’re finally seeing body diversity on the Pit Crew instead of having something negative to say about it.”
But he’s also received
“thousands of DMs of men sharing their journey with body image and learning to accept their bodies and it shows how powerful this moment was, and I’m so grateful for that”.
Never posted these on Twitter… but I was the first curvy male model to work with Calvin Klein and I love these photos so much. Love your body, with every curve and stretch mark on it ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/U7D23ccMkJ— MINA (مينا) (@itsMinaGerges) February 13, 2020
Earlier this year Gerges became the “first curvy male model” to work with Calvin Klein, starring in a campaign alongside Pabllo Vittar.
Growing up in Egypt, where homosexuality is illegal, Gerges hated his body. As an immigrant, he said he has been further rejected by members of the Arab diaspora, and is determined to bring representation to queer Arabs such as himself.
“I grew up being so conflicted by my identity, my religion, my sexuality, my gender expression. I had to unlearn a lot of the filth I was taught to feel about who I am just so I can look at myself in the mirror.
Now, I’m a proud gay gender-fluid person, and everything I do in my work today is to reclaim my culture and my heritage from the homophobia and bigotry that’s engrained in it.
“I feel empowered to use my privilege to fight for those back home who still don’t have a voice, who still face violence just for existing.”
No one has mentioned how two weeks ago @RuPaulsDragRace Canada had a pit crew member with a different body type! Body diversity is beautiful. You have no idea the impact this could make. Thank you @WorldOfWonder for showing this stud! I screamed.#dragracecanada #bigboysummer pic.twitter.com/PjKZ0Vu5q1— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) August 1, 2020
We love them Thick and juicy!!! 😍 pic.twitter.com/6KmprdnQMB— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) July 27, 2020