Welcome back to another edition of #THEWEEKINDRAG!
American Apparel may have bit the dust, but that hasn’t stopped the AAA Girls from continuing to take over the world. Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Willam and Courtney Act starred in girl group Little Mix‘s new video for their new single “Power” featuring Stormzy, released this past week. The trio are seen backing up member Jade, who has been frequently pictured in drag queen merchandise and attending the last LA DragCon as a superfan, outside a queer club. The styling is gorgeous and the rest of the music video is fun, bright and empowering. Check out the music video below!
This past week the Brighton Fringe Festival came to a close. Brighton Fringe is the England’s largest arts festival, and took place from the 4th of May to the 3rd of June. At the end of the staggering month long run, an award ceremony took place at the Warren Theatre, where dorky duo Cinebra bagged the top award! The pair won The Pebble Trust Touring Bursary, as well as also being nominated for two other award, including the LGBT Award for their show “Cinebra: A History of Horror“. Congratulations, Cinebra!
It’s been a busy week for Miss Peppermint! As well as (SPOILER) making it to the first ever top 4 to all proceed to the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Peppermint also announced this week that herself and Oriel Pe’er have teamed up to produce Project Peppermint. The film is a documentary about the remarkable life of New York drag legend and trans icon, Peppermint. The documentary is quoted to “address topics such as fame, gender and identity, searching for an answer to the question ‘can a trans woman be a drag queen?'”. An Indiegogo page has been set up to help fund and complete shooting the documentary, and you can watch the trailer and donate here.
Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS benefit, aka The Life Ball took place in Vienna this past week. Hosted by Conchita Wurst, the event was a huge success and fabulous queens, club kids and queer icons from all over the world took to the events huge red carpet and performed and hosted fabulous parties. Queen of NYC nightlife Susan Bartsch flew herself and a plane full of New York’s most influential and artistic club kids and personalities, including Amanda Lepore, Linux, Queen Sateen & Exquisite, Aquaria, Ryan Burke, Kyle Farmery, Sussi and many many more. Representing the UK, international DJ Superstar Jodie Harsh attended and brought along her Dollar Baby family, including Sussi, Hungry, Rodent Decay, Virgin Xtravaganzah and many more! RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Violet Chachki, Pearl and Miss Fame also took to the carpet! The looks brought to this years Life Ball were to die for, and I urge you to check out the hashtag #LifeBall12017 on Instagram.
Last week, comic Kathy Griffin received a giant backlash for her stunt picture of her holding a fake severed head of Donald Trump. Never one to shy away from controversy, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4 winner Sharon Needles recreated the imagery in one of her shows, raising time old questions about where the line between art and politics lies time. Sharon proved once again that she couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what people think about crossing the line and once again used her drag to raise questions and challenge people’s thoughts.