Drag Culture has evolved past the underground counterculture (thanks to success of RuPaul’s Drag Race) to be in the mainstream. But love them or hate them, drag queens are not going away anytime soon and will only become bigger, bolder and braver.
Here are 10 of the most stylish drag queens heating up Instagram feeds all over the world right now:
1. Miss Fame (@missfamenyc)
This American model, makeup artist, drag queen, recording artist and reality television personality is a force to be reckoned with. She first started off as Dam-Mikkelsen, working as a makeup artist, while at the same time modeling and performing in drag as “Miss Fame” (@missfamenyc). Her “fame” (pun intended) shot up after joining RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7, where she was eliminated in the ninth episode. Ever since, she has gone on to release her debut album, being signed on to IMG models Paris as a model and released her own makeup line called “The Fetish of Fashion”. Watch Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Goh’s interview with Miss Fame here.
2. Violet Chachki (@violetchachki)
The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7, Violet Chachki (@violetchachki) is known for her fashion sense and aesthetics. She is also an accomplished burlesque performer in aerial works like aerial silk and aerial hoop. Her style has been very much influenced by vintage glamour and has been referred to as “the living embodiment of a 1950’s female archetype”. She has cited designers Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler and John Galliano as inspirations, as well as “style icons” such as Lady Miss Kier, Dovima, Dita Von Teese and Raquel Welch.
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3. Sasha Velour (@sashavelour)
As a drag queen, Sasha Velour‘s (@sashavelour) makeup and look transformations have been featured in publications such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and Billboard. She was crowned the winner of the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and her lip sync performance of Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional” went down as one of the best TV performance of 2017. She was selected as one of the 40 LGBTQ models to walk for Opening Ceremony in the 2018 New York Fashion Week, and continues to stun everyone as her drag persona today.
4. Asia O’Hara (@asiaoharaland)
After being crowned Miss Gay America in October 2016, Asia O’Hara (@asiaoharaland) joined RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10, where she got into a bit of controversy for releasing live butterflies from her costume for one of her performances. But she’s since bounced back from that, and right now, she continues to thrill with her winning personality and strong looks on social media.
5. Detox (@theonlydetox)
Detox (@theonlydetox) the drag queen, whose full name is Detox Icunt, started getting famous by performing at nightclubs in the early 2000’s, modeling and appearing in music videos for singers such as Ke$ha and Rihanna. She is among the 14 drag queens who competed on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and since then has appeared on RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, plus appeared on film projects and music videos.
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6. Aquaria (@ageofaquaria)
The stage name of Giovanni Palandrani, this American drag queen is known for winning the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2018. In October 2018, Aquaria (@ageofaquaria) appeared solo in an issue of Vogue Italia, photographed by Michael Bailey-Gates. She was featured as a model for Moschino and H&M’s 2018 Capsule Collection with Bria Vinaite and Jeremy Scott, and is now signed to IMG Models.
7. Kim Chi (@kimchi_chic)
The beauty queen Kim Chi (@kimchi_chic) was one of the 12 drag queens accepted for the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She is the first Korean-American participant on the show and made it to the top three. Known for her gorgeous makeup and intricate looks, Kim Chi has since partnered with Sugarpill Cosmetics to create different makeup items, recently announced that she has been developing her own cosmetics line called Kim Chi Chic, done in collaboration with Bespoke Beauty Brands launched by Toni Ko, the founder of NYX Cosmetics.
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8. Monét X Change (@monetxchange)
Named Miss Congeniality in the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she is one of the standouts from the show due to her personality and strong looks. Monét X Change (@monetxchange) was inducted into the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Hall of Fame, and she she became the first person of colour in the Hall of Fame. Monét now hosts her own super popular weekly talk show called The X Change Rate, where she has had guests from the alumni of RuPaul’s Drag Race on it.
9. Adore Delano (@adoredelano)
Best known for being a contestant on American Idol, as well as a finalist on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Adore Delano (@adoredelano) is one of the youngest queens to appear on the show. She has a distinctive personality which made her popular and gained fans fast, and she’s now focused on doing tours with other queens, club gigs and her own concerts as a musician.
10. Valentina (@allaboutvalentina)
Valentina (@allaboutvalentina) was one of the 14 contestants competing for the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her vivacity won her many fans, and there was some controversy when she was booted off the show for refusing to take off a mask covering her mouth during her lipsync battle. She has since been cast in Fox’s live version of Rent.