11 Reasons Why You Need To See A Drag Show

11 Reasons Why You Need To See A Drag Show

Drag queens will have you gagging on their eleganza. Here's how.

Drag involves so much more than slipping into a dress and pasting on thick eyelashes. It is a persona, a performance and it is art. If you have never been to a drag show, here's what you've been missing out on.

1. There's something for everyone.

From music to fashion sense, drag shows display a variety of tastes. From lip syncs of ABBA to Panic! At the Disco; whether you like to get down or get in touch with your emo/scene roots, or both; you will not be disappointed. Some stars will dominate the stage wearing stunning dresses. Others will sport a space-suit as they lip sync Katy Perry's E.T. So, whether you prefer the classic style of RuPaul or the alternative style of Sharon Needles, you will find something to love.

2. Glitter Beards.

Why would a drag queen wear a beard, you ask? Well, have you ever seen a beard with christmas lights woven into it? Or made to look like clouds in a thunderstorm? The sheer creativity of the queens will have you coming back for more.

3. You're part of the show.

Attending a drag show is not a passive experience. Drag queens are not afraid to make you feel uncomfortable (in the best way). They will traverse the audience with poise and charisma and dance on you if you throw some tips their way. (And you really should tip.)

4. The lip sync.

You won't know how fun it is to watch a really good lip sync until you go to a drag show. Want to see a queen perform Missy Elliot? How about The Pretty Reckless? The stars' music tastes are as unique as yours, so you're bound to hear something you can sing or dance along to. You're not watching Miley Cyrus move her mouth to the words of her own song, you are watching a calculated performance that will make you laugh, make you want to dance and make you wish you had lips like those.

5. The atmosphere.

You are bound to see drag queens on and off the stage at a show. You'll be able to say, "I stood next to her at the bar before she got on stage!" Or, "I held the bathroom door for her!" The atmosphere of a drag show is inclusive and fun.

6. The craft.

Even if you don't understand it, you have to appreciate the talent involved in transforming your face into someone else's. The make-up alone is a piece of art and often the entire ensemble works together to produce a theme. Drag is so much more than cross-dressing, and you would be amazed to see the transformation that some queens undergo.

7. Meet famous drag queens.

Drag shows often feature a famous queen or queens who have performed on RuPaul's Drag Race. Several weeks ago, Club Ego in Providence, RI gave show goers the opportunity to meet Milk.

8. It's an excuse to dress up and wear great make up.

If you're like me, it's hard to find a good excuse to dress up and experiment with new make up looks between school and work. Going to a drag show gives you just the opportunity to wear that outfit that's been gathering dust in your closet or try out those make up tutorials you've been saving on Pinterest.

9. Pop culture references.

One star at Club Ego in Providence, MA, several weeks ago moved around the stage in neon colors while people wearing Homer Simpson masks bobbed their heads in the background. Another queen shed layers of clothing and changed wigs during her performance until she was transformed into a vision of Mystique from the X-Men series. A drag show is not a taboo event, but a consolidation of culture.

10. You will laugh out loud.

Whether they're ad libbing or performing a dance number, drag queens want to make you laugh. They sing, they dance, they throw shade. Drag queens do it all.

11. Because, why not?

You know you really want to. Now go check out a drag show in your area.

Cover Image Credit: Leland Bobbe

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!


I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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