8 of the Most Influential Members of the Drag Community
If you are new to drag culture, here is a list of the most influential members of the drag community.
Drag has taken the world by storm, and the drag community is growing exponentially every year thanks to music videos, television shows, and social media.
Between the sparkles, comedy, costumes, wigs, makeup, tongue pops, dances, lingo, and performances, people just can’t get enough of these queens. If you are new to drag culture, we have a quick list of the most influential members of the drag community.
Known as the mother of modern drag and the person who paved drag into mainstream audiences, RuPaul Charles is one (if not the most) influential members of the drag community. Starting as a club kid in the 80s and 90s, Rupaul’s career grew into music videos, books, cosmetics, and hit television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race. Many other queens look up to her for guidance and advice.
Another queen who ruled the club scene in the 80s and 90s is Lady Bunny. While Lady Bunny chose a different route than RuPaul, she still lands many gigs on television shows and clubs. If you want to catch her in action, you can find her on a few episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race or you can visit one of her shows yourself.
Bianca Del Rio
If you want to see a drag queen who took flight after winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you need to check out Bianca Del Rio. Bianca Del Rio won season six of Drag Race without having to lip-sync to stay in the competition. She’s known for her insult comedy. If you love roasting people, then you’ll love Bianca. After winning the crown, she has landed herself comedy tours, television shows, movies, books, and cosmetic products.
Shangela Laquifa Wadley
Shangela Laquifa Wadley is one of those queens that many people in the drag community watched since her beginning. She joined the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race in season two. Unfortunately, she was the first queen eliminated. However, that wasn’t the last of Shangela. She returned for two more seasons — three and All-Stars season three — and even made it to the finale in All-Stars. Shangela now has been on multiple hit shows and movies on Netflix and HBO. She just accepted a residency in Las Vegas, so we’ll be seeing more from her.
The Boulet Brothers
Drag is not only about the glitz and glamour. There is a darker side to the drag community, and the Boulet Brothers help bring it to life. Just like RuPaul, these two brothers created a drag show of their own, Dragula. Everything on this show is about horror, filth, and glamour. It isn’t for the squeamish but is 100% entertaining.
One of the things that most people remember about drag queens is their makeup, and you can thank Raven for this craze. Raven is one of the most influential drag queen makeup artists. She’s so influential that RuPaul hired her after she appeared on season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Many other queens take inspiration from her overdrawn lips, signature contouring, nude makeup coloring, and beauty mark.
Bob the Drag Queen
A queen that many people love due to her comedy, social media, looks, and fun personality is Bob the Drag Queen. Bob the Drag Queen won season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has had an amazing career ever since. She’s been on world tours, movies, television shows, podcasts, and YouTube videos.
Jackie Beat is a well-known performer in the drag community. So well-known that she didn’t need RuPaul’s Drag Race to start her fame. Jackie has been performing for over 25 years and has been on popular tv shows like Sex in the City. She also performs on Broadway and has written books.
There are so many more amazing drag queens out there that you can watch and follow. We hope this list helped you learn more about the drag community. And if we didn’t list your favorite queen, let us know who it is on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.