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Here Are The Most Fabulous And Bizarre Costumes From FX’s “Pose”

FX’s hit drama series “Pose” is making history in too many ways to count. The production team has assembled the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series. There is one, white cisgender male supporting star and it shows. The show also boasts the first ever trans woman of color scriptwriter writer. Beyond all these firsts, we get an inside look at what the LGBT staple culture of the late ’80s looked like for Black and Latino queer people, and it’s fabulous.

Balls were the one place LGBTQ people could congregate and truly be themselves, or whoever they wanted to be. Contestants often belonged to ‘houses’ with head ‘mothers’ and competed for prizes. Often the ‘category’ of a walk would be “weather girl” or “working man”, with the goal to “pass” as cisgender and be accepted in society. More often, the categories were just purely bizarre and fun.

The Category is Royal Family

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The opening scene of the entire series shows us the esteemed House of Abundance as they prepare to rob a museum of its Victorian-era regalia worn by actual royalty. Rumors in the ballroom community are that this actually happened, and everyone got away with it because the museum was too homophobic to press charges and get ‘negative’ press.

The Category is Best Mother

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Meet Elektra Abundance, played by Dominique Jackson, and Mother of the House of Abundance. She wins this title year after year with no competition, literally. In the community, she’s revered for being able to completely pass as cisgender.

Meet the competition, Ms. Blanca Evangelista

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Boricua Blanca leaves Elektra’s house to start her own after she discovers she’s HIV positive. Her ‘children’ begged her not to compete against Elektra. Her response? “I’ve felt the wind at my face all my life; I know when it’s at my back.” Never question your mother.

Pray Tell is our eloquent emcee.

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Let the record show that this show is set in 1987-88, and his character designs all his own clothes. But because of homophobia, he wouldn’t have made it as a fashion designer. Instead, he’s revered in the community and leader of all balls.

The Category Is Best Dressed, High Class, In A Fur Coat

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He’s serving us Billy Dean, “mascul-tint-ity” and “butch queen realness.” This look earned him a spot at the House of Evangelista, baby.

The Category is Snow Ball

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Angel walks out at every ball looking like she fell from heaven. She’s a Snow Belle.

The Category is Butch Queen

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He didn’t even bother putting on a costume, and he won. The satire of this entire show is that the costumes people are putting on are the ones that the hetero world made. Everyone is in costume, trying to pass.

The Category is Weather Girl

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When Puerto Rican beauty, Angel Evangelista, played by Indya Moore, stepped out into this category, the emcee changed the name of the game. “This category is realness. Bring it like a weather girl. Who will show up? Whether it be rain or shine, who is real enough to be on channel 9? Oh, Ms. Angel, this category used to be for the juicy girls, but not tonight.”

9. The Category is Labels

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No knock-offs allowed in here, just pure realness. This is all our favorite look of Elektra’s. She just received her gender affirming surgery and is looking fresh and happy as hell.

The Category is Intergalactic Best-Dressed

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“Quarter grapefruit, quarter gingerbread man and totally out of his miiind.” He’s from the depths of the sea. Is he here for business or pleasure? We don’t want to find out, darlings.

Meet The “All-Seeing, All-Knowing Twizzler Licorice Realness”

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“I don’t know what she’s invoking, but I’m totally spellbound,” says Pray Tell.

She’s a “Dipsy Doodle Big B**ch Tag”

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Okay, I don’t know what this means but even Pray Tell admits, “That’s a bold move, and we love you for it, b**ch.”

Madeline Meets Mime

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Moving past how terrifying it would be to meet an alien that was this creepy, can we acknowledge the beauty in the details? We’re waiting to meet the costume designer when she gets her Nobel Peace Prize.

The Category is Face

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You can’t buy this category. You’re born into it. Angel wins this category every single time, because, well, that face is flawless. You’ve been blessed, Indya Moore.

The Category is ‘You About to Get Reamed By Elektra’

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After Elektra gets her vaginoplasty, her sugar daddy becomes disgusted with her and abandons her. Her value as a sex object plummets and she’s forced to find another way to make a living. As viewers, it was tragic to see Elektra return to stripping, and glorious when we saw Blanca take her in.

Elektra returns to the balls and gives all the ‘children’ who abandoned her a run for their money.

The Category is Mother-Daughter Realness

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Each mother had to introduce her daughter at a Debutante Ball, and they better be wearing spring colors. Ms. Angel is pure Peppermint Patty Perfection.

Elektra almost always relies on her physical beauty and style to win.

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At different points, the judges will take a magnifying glass to look at contestants skin. How soft are they? How ‘real’ are they?

Others earn points for vogueing.

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Check it: only the lining touches the ground. That’s a move.

The Category is Working Girl

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The beauty of this category is that FX’s Pose truly is giving the LGBTQ community working jobs to be exactly who they are, representing their community accurately. We’re here for that.

We rate Pose 10 out of 10.

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The execution, the message, the costumes, the representation, todo de todo. Check it out on FX, Google Play or the Apple Store the first chance you get. It’s all the LGBT Latinx realness we need.

READ: FX’s ‘Pose’ Is Giving Trans People Of Color The Representation They Have Never Seen Before

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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Pedro Pascal Supports His Sister, Lux, As She Publicly Comes Out As Trans: ‘Mi Hermana, Mi Corazón’

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We always knew there was a reason that Pedro Pascal was one of the internet’s favorite boyfriends. He has always radiated an energy of warmth and kindness–turns out he also walks the walk.

On Tuesday, Pedro Pascal took to Instagram to support his sister, Lux Pascal, who recently came out as a trans woman.

On his Instagram page, Pascal shared a picture of his sister on the cover of Spanish-language Chilean magazine, Ya. The caption read: “Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux.”

In an interview with Ya magazine, Lux Pascal opened up about how supportive Pedro has been of her transition.

Lux explained that Pedro “has been an important part of [my transition].” Lux, who is currently studying acting at Juilliard, says that Pedro was able to be a “guide” to her because of his artistic spirit.

“He’s also an artist and has served as a guide for me,” she said. “He was one of the first people to gift me the tools that started shaping my identity.”

But her brother wasn’t the only one that was very accepting of her decision to transition. Lux explained that her transition has been “been something that’s very natural for everyone” in her family.

And like many folks who are gender non-conforming, her family seemed to have known ahead of time. “It’s almost something that they expected to happen,” she said.

Lux revealed to Ya that, for a number of years, she identified as non-binary. But she eventually realized that she actually identifies as a woman.

“Moving through the world as a woman is much more simple for me, but I still advocate for nonbinary identities to have a space in society,” she explained. While she says that existing as a woman was the right decision for her, she still “advocates for nonbinary identities to have a space in society.”

Lux is also passionate about LGBTQ activism, saying that the world needs trans activists who are good, smart, informed, and who can be strong voices against transphobia, homophobia and racism.”

When asked if she feels discomfort at seeing images of herself before her transition, Lux said, “I don’t feel anxiety when I see old photos of mine. The same happens to me with theater: I see someone who was doing what they liked.”

As for her new name (she was previously known by the name “Lucas”), Lux said she didn’t want to lose the meaning of her old name, which meant “he who brings the light.”

She looked to one of her favorite movies for inspiration. “One of the characters in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’ was named ‘Lux’ which is light in Latin,” she said. “I was pleased with my childhood memory and that my previous name had signified something I was looking for myself.”

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The Black and Afro-Latina Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Discuss #BlackLivesMatter

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The Black and Afro-Latina Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Discuss #BlackLivesMatter

The drag queens on the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race discussed the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the previous episode and it was real. They talked about the ways they were active during the protests last summer and what it means to be a queer person of color in the U.S. today.

Kandy Muse gave the conversation an Afro-Latina perspective.

While the queens were putting on their makeup in the workroom, LaLa Ri from Atlanta, brought up the topic of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. New York’s “Dominican Doll” Kandy Muse was the first to speak on her involvement in the protests.

“Being an Afro-Latino from the south Bronx, when I see Black people being murdered by police, it just puts so many things into perspective,” Muse said. “Fighting for Black lives and all those things are very, very important to me.”

Symone reminded the other queens of George Floyd’s murder by the police.  

Symone, who hails from LA, reminded her season 13 sisters that the murder of George Floyd last May by the police is what sparked the protests throughout the country.

“It’s sad that he to- that that had to happen, but I’m happy that people are waking the f*ck up because it’s always been there,” Symone said.

As a Black queen, Symone spoke to the trauma that Black people were facing with video of George Floyd’s murder being replayed in the media.

“Even with [the] corona[virus] going on, I felt immediately compelled to be involved in protests here in Los Angeles because enough is enough,” Symone recalled. “Things need to change.”

Lala Ri put some light on Rayshard Brooks‘ murder by the police.

During the discussion, LaLa Ri brought up that the murder of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendys in Georgia happened very close to their home.

“It kind of just really hit me that I could easily be in that drive-thru, and there’s a situation where they can pull me over just because I look like I don’t belong in that type of car,” LaLa Ri said.

As LaLa Ri relived that realization, she got emotional talking about it on the show.

“You could just be a Black person in the world and you could just get killed for nothing,” the queen said in tears. “It’s scary that you could just be killed just because of the color of your skin.”

Olivia Lux, an Afro-Puerto Rican queen from New Jersey, also mentioned how Black trans women are being murdered at a high rate.

“Statically Black trans lives at the most at risk,” Olivia Lux said.

Tamisha Iman wrapped things up with the words of John Lewis.

Tamisha Iman, a Black queen from Georgia, evoked the words of late Georgia Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis to wrap up the conversation.

“Get in some good trouble!” the Georgia queen said in an empowering moment.

The clip was uploaded to RuPaul’s Drag Race YouTube channel on Feb. 1 in honor of Black History Month. Be watch the full video to see more of this necessary conversation.

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