How Drag Queens Work

Singer, actor and television host RuPaul has been touted as the most famous drag queen in the world and has helped bring the campy performance-oriented brand of cross-dressing into mainstream popular culture

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. In 1994, RuPaul’s sassy single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” broke into the top 30 on Billboard Music’s pop chart, catapulting the multitalented personality into a successful career with rижsumиж highlights including a high-profile cosmetics campaign, bestselling autobiography and hit reality television series. But RuPaul isn’t the first man to become a household name by donning a dress and high heels.
During the early 20th century, Julian Eltinge, born William Dalton, became internationally famous for his uncanny ability to act like a lady. Details surrounding his initial interest in mimicking women’s fashion and body language are hazy, as origin stories offer different theories, such as Eltinge’s mother dressing him up like a girl, him stumbling on his gender-bending knack while taking dance lessons and female impersonation on stage being a lifelong dream of his [sources: Landis, The Julian Eltinge Project]. Whatever the preceding events, in 1911 Eltinge won theatrical acclaim for his cross-dressing role in the hit play “The Fascinating Widow,” which would open the door to his ultimate status as the father of modern drag queens. Transitioning from the stage to the silent silver screen, Eltinge commanded one of the highest salaries in show business at the time, launched three fan magazines dedicated to his craft, accumulated a cabinet’s-worth of product endorsements and even performed for a delighted King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.
Considering the era’s restrictive views on gender and widespread disavowal of homosexuality, Eltinge’s onstage drag performances surprisingly didn’t ruffle many contemporary feathers; female audiences in particular delighted in Eltinge’s seemingly magical transformations into women. But in his personal life, Eltinge displayed a distinct unease with his stage trickery of posing as female characters. Extremely concerned that fans might assume he cross-dressed offstage or

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, even worse at the time, engaged in sexual relationships with men, the bachelor made well-publicized displays of his masculine passions and pastimes that included boxing, cigar smoking and fishing.
By the 1930s, Eltinge’s silent film star had faded as “talkies” attracted larger audiences at the cinema, and his gender metamorphosis shtick had lost its novelty. His story, however, is only one pit stop along the extensive historical highway of cross-dressing and drag queens.

What should you do with your during the summer?

Your teen might want to just sleep and party the summer months away, but the long vacation is an opportunity to do a lot more than that. For many teens, the summer is the time to gain or hone a special skill or interest. He might attend music workshops; she might go to a skills camp for her favorite sport; there may be training courses for first aid or fashion design at your local community college. Teens can practice responsible leadership as counselors at summer camps or day camps, or they can be a mentor or “big brother/sister” to a needy younger child. There may be internship or volunteer opportunities where your teen can get hands-on experience in a possible career field

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, whether helping out in the vet’s clinic or a lawyers office, assisting the elderly or shadowing the editor of the local paper.
Summer vacation is also time to earn money and gain skills with summer jobs. Not all jobs are examples of what your teen wants to do with the rest of her life (making or delivering pizzas, waiting tables, cleaning windows or selling shoes) but most will help teach her the importance of punctuality, people skills, team work and good communication, as well as increasing her self confidence as she gains her own income.
Hopefully, you’ll have some time over the summer to do something together with your teen. The most important factor here is to take your teen’s input into account; there’s nothing worse than trying to get a teen to tag along with you on an outing that doesn’t interest him at all. If you’re considering an evening at home, a weekend with the extended family or an overseas vacation, start by talking it over with your teen and by giving him some responsibility in the planning and execution of the event. Let her choose the movie; let him plan the dinner or party with the family; let her research your vacation destination and suggest place to go.
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