VOGUE OF DRAG QUEENS
Posted on 16 October 2016
Thanks to shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and the ever-expanding presence of social media in all our lives, drag has become indisputably more mainstream than ever. What was once a community of nightlife performance artists with cult-like followings has now become a community of LGBT culture icons with a collective following of millions worldwide. Many longtime fans of drag are growing concerned with this increasing popularity. It is a catch-22 of sorts; while the strong social messages enforced by the queens are becoming more accessible and accepted, some fear that this is a sign of drag losing its initial taboo, edge, and controversial intrigue. This adds an additional challenge and pressure to every queen by forcing them to keep audiences guessing and questioning. After all, what would art be without critical analysis?
Queens like BibleGirl666 are at the forefront of the movement proving that drag is no less polarizing and controversial than when it began. Rather than hiding in the shadows of nightclubs and out of brightly lit computer screens, queens like BibleGirl are embracing drag’s newfound popularity as a platform to keep audiences engaged and intrigued. By taking advantage of social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, NYC-based drag queen BibleGirl has gained a mass following as a result of her unique take on branding and trends. Fans worldwide keep her post notifications on to never miss a beat of her latest self-inflicted chaos.
Based on pop culture and the latest internet trends, BibleGirl666 has built an empire off of the “meme.” According to Urban Dictionary, a meme is “a unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.” BibleGirl takes these inside jokes and trends of the Internet and adapts them to fit the latest vogue and drama of drag queens and pop culture icons alike. Bible has mastered the art of trolling through meme-speak. Some of her victims laugh, while some get angry and block her. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter because this is all apart of BibleGirl’s artistic vision; to challenge those who take drag too seriously by forcing them to unwittingly swallow the same controversy, which they had felt, so deprived of initially. To quote BibleGirl’s song “Chinatown,” “it’s just the internet. Who gives a shit?”
Follow BibleGirl yourself to experience the artfully-crafted tomfoolery and shenanigans in action @BIBLEGIRL666 on all social media.