Tonight's queer artist feature is HercuSleaze
HercuSleaze (he/him) is a drag king who's based in Montreal, Canada. His persona was created by the cis female artist, Meags Fitzgerald (she/her). Outside of drag she’s an award-winning graphic novelist and internationally recognized for her feminist books on history and queer identity. Disadvantaged by the patriarchy, Fitzgerald uses drag to slip into the feeling of male privilege and do things she’d otherwise consider unimaginable.
With a singular vision, Fitzgerald is the makeup artist, costumer designer, and photographer of HercuSleaze’s looks. His attire is inspired by the fashions of wealthy European men from the 17th-19th centuries. HercuSleaze is both emboldened by the status that the garments represent, and makes a mockery of their original power by wearing them on a queer, female body. The luxurious garments also enable HercuSleaze to visually compete with the high standard for extravagance in drag queen fashion.
Its HercuSleaze’s mission to gain greater recognition for all drag kings and to address the unequal opportunities that cis women and trans men face in the drag world. He’s the co-founder of the instagram account The Kingdom of Drag, which is the only re-share account exclusively for drag kings and masc-gender-bending drag artists, and serves as a virtual hub for the community.
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