ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Girl And Her Drag Queens: How 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Inspired My Daughter

Updated on October 28, 2019
Christina St-Jean profile image

I am a mom of two awesome children who teach me more daily than I ever thought possible. I love writing, exercise, movies, & LGBT advocacy.

Drag Queens: Born To Inspire

Source

'When I'm On 'Drag Race,' Mom...'

When RuPaul's Drag Race debuted in February 2009, my youngest daughter, who is now 10, was still two weeks away from being born. Now, she's probably well on the way towards becoming a drag queen herself.

I don't even remember the first time my girl said, "Hey, mom, let's watch this," if I was to think about it. Of course, I was well familiar with the Supermodel of the World; I loved the song "Supermodel" back in the 90s, and if I was completely honest, when I discovered RuPaul was a man, I was shocked. I know - he's 6'4" out of drag, and there's few women who come close to that height even in heels, but that's how convincing the transformation was (and how naive I was 20 some years ago).

Anyhow, when my 10-year-old told me we should sit and watch Drag Race, I was somewhat hesitant at first, though not because it was about drag queens. It was the language that I was a bit concerned about more than anything else; she is, of course, only 10. She does understand the context of language, though, so once I got past something as basic as the strong language and ensured she "got the message" that she shouldn't use the language herself, we settled in.

We were then irretrievably immersed in the stories and the drama of these queens. From Latrice Royale talking openly about her past jail time, to Roxxxy Andrews' lip sync breakdown about being left at a bus stop by her mother at 3-years-old, to Blair St. Clair's admission that she'd been sexually assaulted, we've been there, and we're invested.

I didn't expect my daughter to start researching how to do drag makeup, or start asking for wigs, or asking how to apply false eyelashes. That said, I'm definitely not complaining. She's excited about drag and drag queens in a way that I don't ever recall being excited about something at the same age.

How excited, you wonder?

She did a biography on Ginger Minj, season 7 runner up and co-star in Dumplin'.

She asked me to video her doing "death drops" onto her mattress and tweet it at Laganja Estranja from season 6. When Laganja liked it, she was over the moon.

For her 10th birthday, I bought her tickets to a meet and greet for Haters' Roast with Manila Luzon, Latrice Royale, Thorgy Thor, Darienne Lake, Mimi Imfurst, the legendary Lady Bunny, and Willam. All graciously signed her GuRu book, and she was so excited for the event she was up at 6 am to do her own makeup and was practically vibrating up until the moment she met the queens. She nearly passed out from the excitement of posing for a picture with Latrice and Manila.

She came to a free drag show about eliminating stigma regarding HIV/AIDS and insisted we needed to be there super early, as the first 50 in line got to meet Trinity K. Bonet. She needn't have worried, but when I saw her sprint out of school and race to my car, I knew there was no stalling her. She had an ear-to-ear grin when she went to the stage to give Trinity K. Bonet a tip during her performance, and during the meet and greet, she scored another autograph.

When I say I think my girl is a drag queen lifer, I'm not kidding.

She continues to astound me with her creative approach to makeup and she insists on putting on drag shows for me, usually in the hour leading up to bedtime. I was impressed the last time; her makeup seemed inspired by Trixie Mattel, which is a little bit different from my daughter's usual choices when she's dragged up.

Most recently, while we were driving to the mall to pick up something I was looking for, she said to me, "Mom, when I'm on Drag Race, and they do Snatch Game, I'm going to be Latrice Royale. I'm going to sing "Jesus is a Biscuit," just like she did, and I want to tell someone to eat it!"

I love her spirit. I love that she sees a world where she can be a drag queen, just like these remarkable people she looks up to so much.

I love that there is now a forum for these creative individuals to feel their fantasy and inspire kids like my daughter.

Thank you to the queens on the local level that fascinate my daughter, and thank you to all 11 seasons of queens from Drag Race for being such an inspiration for her.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Kathe Jones profile image

      Kathe Jones 

      5 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I wish my mom had encouraged me to do drag when I was a little boy -- It was only much later that I learned that I loved to wear women's clothes...Now it seems that I cannot wait to get all dressed up...

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)