DRAG MAKEUP ACADEMY
by Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist
HISTORY OF DRAG
Drag has been a part of European and American culture, since the 1500's. Beginning with Shakespearean plays, in which male actors would play the male and female roles.
'Dressed as a girl' would be the side note for wardrobe up until the late 20th century. After that, it would be abbreviated to 'DRAG'.
Although in the early 1900’s, Julian Eltinge was famous for performing on stage as a girl. The term ‘Drag Queen” did not take its stronghold until the 1940’s and 1950’s, with performers such as Russell Aldred as Michelle DuBarry and Barry Humphries as Dame Edna. In the 6o's we would see the emergence of drag in film and television with films such as 'Some Like It Hot'. Then came 'Bosom Buddies', 'Mrs. Doubtfire and 'Priscilla-Queen Of The Desert'.
RuPaul, Jim Bailey, Divine, and Charles Pierce are just a few of the pioneers of drag. There courage and artistry paved the way for so many of us drag queens. Today, due to RuPaul’s Drag Race, the world Is blooming with drag queens. The styles of drag makeup very in style and taste. There is no wrong way. It’s all individual expression.
Long Live Drag!!!