The cost of drag

Oct. 26, 2017

Drag queens get real about the high costs of their passion, and it goes beyond the price tags.

Ginger Minj

Bob the Drag Queen

There are many different kinds of queens and styles in the drag universe. Here are just a few of them.


Camp varies greatly; high camp could be a more polished look, while low camp could involve celebrity impersonating or gender-bending.


Acid Betty is an icon of the club kid movement, which involves outlandish drag inspired by the music scene.


Drag pageantry has been a significant part of the LGBTQ community since the 1970s. Pageant queens are refined and known for custom pieces and big hair.

Drag King

Women do drag, too. Bio queens are cisgender women who subvert drag, while drag kings are women who do drag as men.


Activessles are drag collectives with purpose. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a global collective that dresses in nun garb and raises money for charity.

Trixie Mattell

Venus D-Lite appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race season three and has since made other TV appearances. Being on TV has changed her drag, she says.

Gina Tonic is a professional queen based in New York. She says she has the “moxie of Bette Midler, quirks of Lucille Ball and brains of Goldie Hawn."

Erika Simone is the most famous drag rideshare driver in LA — because she’s the only one. The entrepreneurial queen built an entire business around her persona.

Bob the Drag Queen

Produced & Written: Autumn Boatner; Visuals: Joamir Salcedo & Autumn Boatner; Story Editors: Kyle McGovern & Stephanie Clary