The Fourth Key


“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”

—Coco Chanel

Although drag queens are celebrated for their performance art, they are also magnets for criticism. Anyone who is flouting gender norms seems to ruffle feathers in our still heteronormative culture. Also, though there are no rules in drag, as many of the drag queens I (Jackie) interviewed for this book proudly told me, that’s never stopped one queen from giving her opinion on another queen’s makeup, wigs, costume, dancing, and so on. All of this criticism has bred a kind of tough-as-nails culture in the drag world. Successful queens learn to shake off the haters and not worry about what other people think. Over ...

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