The world of drag is reaching epic proportions. The art form from the LGBTQ+ community has gone mainstream and as their stars rise, so too has their place in pop culture. Many of the queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are experiencing whirlwind careers as the world uplifts some of the best and most talented queens to global stardom. One of the most unique things of each queen is the way they do their makeup. There are some similarities, like Aquaria and Miz Cracker, but most queens have their own unique look. That’s why we challenge all “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fans to take this quiz and test their knowledge of how each queen paints their face.
Can You Guess The Drag Queen Based Solely On Their Eye Look?
Sashay Away: You need to spend just a little more time studying up on the majesty that is drag culture because there is so much to be seen in this community.
You Are Safe: Not too bad. You clearly know a thing or two about drag culture and it shows. Way to go with your current score.
ConDRAGulations: You're a winner, baby. You are not only a fan of "RuPaul's Drag Race," you are a drag culture connoisseur. Be proud and go teach everyone else the wonders of drag.
Fans love Lucille Ball so much that when Besamé Cosmetics launched a collection dedicated to her back in June all of its items were sold out within a matter of twelve hours. The collection paid homage to the beauty of the iconic Hollywood comedian who, alongside her husband (Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz), starred in the television classic “I Love Lucy.”
Now, the souped-up limited-edition Lucy items are back by popular demand.
“Already, hundreds of orders have come in to pre-order these colors inspired by classic Lucy looks,” a representative from Besamé told Allure about the line which pays homage to the iconic actress’s signature look.
The retro makeup line gives fans a chance to seize up to seven beauty items that are supposed to match the makeup Ball wore in her days of stardom. The Ball collection comes complete with an eye shadow palette, lipstick, a pressed powder compact, and a pencil set for eyes and lips.
Like every Besamé item, the collection’s products are encased in rounded gold. This time, however, they come with a special design that features an original drawing of the actress.
The collection can be purchased as a bundle for $150. Additional gifted items will be included for the whole bunch.
According to Allure, those who purchase the collection will receive “two additional and exclusive products: an I Love Lucy tote bag and a set of false lashes the brand says ‘are based on the exact size, shape, and color that Lucille Ball wore.'”
The Lucille Ball collection is just the first in a new collection by Besamé.
Besamé has stated that they intend on producing an Iconic Women Series featuring iconic figures from history. It’s unknown as of yet who else will be featured on the upcoming products but we’re crossing our fingers for Latina icons like Dolores Huerta, Celia Cruz, and Rita Moreno.
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There are few queer characters the people can point to in the past as being someone that changed their lives. Santana Lopez, Naya Rivera’s character on “Glee,” is one of them. Even if you’ve never watched “Glee,” Rivera’s character touched you because of how that representation is so important and empowering.
Naya Rivera’s place in LGBTQ+ media representation will be her long-lasting legacy.
Rivera brought us Santana Lopez, a queer Latina navigating the world of high school in a small town. For many, this kind of representation was so rare and often poorly done that Rivera’s command of the role was impactful. You didn’t have to be an avid viewer of the show to understand and appreciate the magnitude of Santana Lopez.
Rivera brought our experience directly to the mainstream and forced our own classmates to think about the way they saw queer people.
Rivera’s ability to capture the awkwardness and terror of being a closeted queer student in high school still resonates. It is a piece of nostalgia that is so deeply ingrained in queer people that it’s hard not to be emotional about Rivera’s sudden and tragic death.
Who can forget the moment Santana used “Landslide” to tell Brittany that she loved her.
The emotion of a love that is not easy to confess and live authentically is real. Ask any queer person you know about coming to terms with her sexuality in high school and you will hear about the fear and excitement. You will hear about the strategic allyships that epitomize the constant battle between being open and staying safe.
Rivera was more than an actress, she was an ally and advocate during her time on “Glee.”
Season 2, when Rivera’s feelings for Brittany (played by Heather Morris) grew, aired from 2010 to 2011. It was a time when marriage equality was not nationwide. Some states still barred same-sex couples from adopting children. Yet, queer high school and college students had a chance to see their experience mirrored because of Rivera’s insistence.
Rivera’s death is a major loss for the queer community that got our strength and courage from her.
Knowing that all of the “Glee” fans were rooting for and falling in love with Santana Lopez gave us a chance to breathe and feel accepted. Adding her Latina heritage was so important. Queer people of color, who have faced increased scrutiny from their own families, had someone representing them completely and sincerely.
Demi Lovato paid tribute by remembering the time she played Santana Lopez’s girlfriend.
The queer Latina love was not lost on fellow queer Latinos. Lovato herself was not out about her sexuality at the time and she admits in her post that Rivera inspired her. Rivera’s efforts to give the character an accurate and respectful storyline will forever be praised and admired as a fully realized manifestation of our experience.
Thank you for being someone we didn’t know we needed, Naya.
Our hearts are broken and our eyes are wet. We send love and hope to your loved ones. Rest in power, mija. We love you and will never forget what you did for our community.