The First Key


Drag doesn’t change who you are, it actually reveals who you are.”


RuPaul Andre Charles is a 6′4″, fifty-five-year-old African American man. But when he is dressed as “the Monster,” as he affectionately calls himself in drag, he is transformed into an even taller, stunning, female glamazon.2 How tall? “With hair, heels, and attitude . . . I’m through the mother-freakin’ roof!” he says, in classic RuPaul style.3

Though RuPaul uses his actual first name as his drag name, his female alter ego is a completely different character from his everyday self. For RuPaul and other drag queens, creating an alter ego or persona goes beyond just the outward transformation achieved by wigs, makeup, and costuming. ...

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