International Drag Day
Halloa hi, hunties! Greetings from South Africa. My name is Khloe Kryptonite (if you didn’t already know that), and yes darling; I bring even Superman to his knees.
My superpower began when I was just a little boy dressing up with my cousin in dresses and make up and performing shows by moving my lips to the words of the songs, pretending it was me performing to huge crowds everywhere.
Years have passed and my first openly gay best friend at that time came to live with my family and he started to dress up and wear make-up and all the glitter and the bling and the shoes and well, I fell in love. Not with him, but with the art he created by transforming into someone completely different, transforming from different sexes but yet still the same.
In that moment I knew! I knew I had to be a Drag Queen too!
Needless to say my mother wasn’t very keen on the idea of her eldest son wanting to dress up in woman’s dresses and high heel shoes, and after her passing in 2014, Khloe Kryptonite was born just 2 years later.
Today, as a title holder in 2020, I find in drag the freedom that held me captive for so many years of my childhood. And with my drag I didn’t even realize how many lives I have inspired thus far. I don’t do drag because I want to be a woman; I do drag because it empowers me, it brings out the voice that usually hides and it makes me feel free. And hey, who doesn’t want to look fabulous and sparkle while feeling like that?
Some history about Drag:
D.R.A.G. An acronym for "Dressed Resembling A Girl", from which the term "Drag" is said to ostensibly originate. The term is said to date back to Shakespearean times when male theatrical actors would play female roles, because it was illegal for woman to act on stage professionally until 1661.
This definition probably originated in the theatre of the late 1800s, where male performers wore petticoats to perform as women. Their petticoats would drag on the floor, and so they referred to dressing up as women as “putting on their drags.” By the 1920s, the term “drag” was being used by gay people.
The term "drag" refers to the performance of masculinity, femininity or other forms of gender expression. A drag queen is someone (usually male) who performs femininity and a drag king is someone (usually female) who performs masculinity. [Google: Drag Origin]
With all of this in mind and so many more untold stories, I would like to wish everyone: gay or straight, drag or not, a fabulous and gorgeous International Drag Day and may we all always remember that Drag Queens are superheroes, you know who you are, past, present and future Queens.
With lots of Kryptonite-love,
Wear your crown proudly, DragStar!