“I started as an inexperienced drag queen with awful makeup serving daiquiris to obnoxious bachelorette parties,” says Violet Chachki with a laugh. “Now, I work with legends and am starring in one of the most progressive beauty campaigns. Anything is possible.”
That “anything” now includes starring in Pat McGrath Labs’ Sublime Perfection foundation campaign.
“Whenever I get the opportunity to work with anyone who has influenced me and my work as much as someone like Pat, it always feels a bit surreal—like how exactly did I get to this point? I have to pinch myself!” explains Chachki, reflecting on her extraordinary trajectory from aspiring drag queen in her native Atlanta to winner of season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, to Met Gala attendee and Paris Couture Week fixture. “I’m extremely grateful to be included in such a powerful project.
Says the ever-iconic Pat of her new muse:
“Violet is a fabulously disruptive style icon who’s distorting the gender binary,” says McGrath of casting Chachki in the fierce, inclusivity-driven campaign lensed by McGrath’s longtime collaborator Steven Meisel. “Violet embodies the epitome of vixenish vintage glamour with her velvety skin and beguiling burlesque aesthetic.”
Other interesting tidbits from Violet’s interview:
On the industry shift towards more inclusivity
“It’s the dawn of a new era. People always want to talk about the models, and yes that’s important visually, but I think who we give positions of power to—editors, contributors, creative directors, designers, etc.—is just as, if not more, important. It’s exciting to see these roles behind the scenes be diversified because these are the people who have something to say.”
On her new solo tour
“This has been a dream of mine for a long time! My solo show, “A Lot More Me,” is part drag show, part burlesque show, part circus show, and part fashion show. It’s going to be high drag, high camp, and high glamour. I want people to come and escape into my fantasy world for an evening!”
Read the whole interview here.
(Top GIF via Vogue; Steven Meisel)