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Drag queen

A drag queen is a person who usually dresses in hyper-feminized or gender non-conforming clothing, and often acts with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles for the purpose of entertainment. Often, they will exaggerate certain characteristics such as make-up and eyelashes for comic, dramatic, or satirical effect. While drag is very much associated with gay men and gay culture, there are drag artists of all sexualities. There are many kinds of drag artists and they vary greatly in dedication, from professionals who have starred in films to people who just try it once, or those who simply prefer clothing and makeup that is usually worn by the opposite sex in their culture. Drag queens can vary widely by class and culture. Other drag performers include drag kings, women who perform in male roles and attire; faux queens, who are women who dress in an exaggerated style to emulate drag queens; and faux kings, who are men who dress to impersonate drag kings.

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Marco Marco's new line was released last week and he had all drag queens and men modeling the fashions.

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RuPaul is one of the most well known drag queens in America. He hosts a reality tv series where they search for America's best drag queen, and has helped many young queens realize their potentials.

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"Noxeema Jackson: When a straight man puts on a dress and gets his sexual kicks, he is a transvestite. When a man is a woman trapped in a man's body and has a little operation he is a Transsexual. Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez: I know that. Noxeema Jackson: When a gay man has way too much fashion sense for one gender he is a drag queen." A quote from the movie describing the difference between drag queens, transvestites and transsexuals.

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This movie is probably one of the most iconic drag queen movies I know about. Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swaze and John Leguizamo all star as fabulous drag queens. Not only is it comedic, but it shows you the real struggles a drag queen faces.

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