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This Brazilian Drag Artist Just Made History At The MTV European Music Awards

Pabllo Vittar keeps making headlines this year, whether they’re about her smash hit songs, her fashion week lewks, her political statements or all of the above, it’s her world and we’re all just living in it. The Brazilian drag queen and pop star has established herself as an important figure in pop culture, and this week her hard work was recognized at MTV’s European Music Awards, making her the first drag artist to ever win an award.

The Latin pop/electro singer made history this week at MTV’s European Music Awards. 

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Drag sensation Pabllo Vittar made history on Monday night at the award ceremony in Seville, Spain, becoming the first drag artist to win a category (“Best Brazilian Artist”) in the 25 years of the MTV European Music Awards. Vittar had been nominated for the same award in 2018. But she lost to performer, Anitta, who had won the prize for five years straight.

The singer was also the first Brazilian to ever perform at MTV’s European Music Award show.

Vittar also gave a pre-show performance, becoming the first Brazilian to perform at the event. She performed her hit song, “Flash Pose,” on the event’s red carpet. That track includes a feature by Charli XCX, who did not appear at the event.

Vittar’s music has garnered her millions of streams and views.

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With over half a billion Spotify streams and a billion YouTube views, Vittar’s sound is a mixture of Brazilian rhythms with an American pop sheen. She’s forged partnerships with superstars from around the world, dancing alongside Charli XCX in “Flash Pose” and making out with Diplo in “Então Vai.” On Instagram, she has 9 million followers–more than double the number of followers her drag idol, RuPaul has accrued on the social platform.

Vittar has become Brazil’s most famous drag queen. 

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In 2017 she was the first Brazilian artist to have three songs in Spotify’s Top 5 with ‘K.O.’, ‘Corpo Sensual’, and ‘Sua Cara’ —alongside fellow Brazilian diva Anitta. The  ‘Sua Cara’ singer has been nominated to a total of 27 awards in her career, including a Latin Grammy. Of the 27 nominations she’s received in the past two years, she won seven, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year at the Brazilian awards. 

Vittar is a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, despite living in Brazil which is known to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for people of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. 

The number of violent deaths of LGBTQ+ people in Brazil peaked in 2017 at 445 people, with researchers asserting this 30% rise on the previous year was directly related to anti-gay sentiments championed by ultraconservative politicians. Last year, 420 LBGTQ+ people were killed, including Marielle Franco, a black, bisexual, feminist Rio de Janeiro city council member; Jean Wyllys, a gay federal lawmaker, resigned from his seat due to repeated death threats. And to top it off, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president; the politician is a self-professed homophone who has said he would “rather his son die in a car accident than be gay.”

Vittar has used her global megaphone to both celebrate her identity and speak out against its horrifying dangers. 

The singer performed at the World Pride parade this year, making stops in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario, amongst other cities. She also performed at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The drag queen held a pocket show for about 20 minutes, where she featured some of her hits, such as “Problema seu” and “Corpo sensual 

This award marks a milestone in Vittar’s career extending her reach further into worldwide recognition. Just a few days before the EMAs, the singer celebrated her 25th birthday with the release of the first part of her trilingual album, titled 111. Effortlessly switching between languages and styles, the drag superstar flows seamlessly from her Portuguese dance-floor track ‘Amor de Que’, to her English-language, Charli XCX-assisted pop banger ‘Flash Pose’, to the irresistibly Latin-infused ‘Ponte Perra’ – sung in Spanish.

Drag Queen Shuga Cain Is Answering AOC’s Cry For Help On Her Journey To Glow Up

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Drag Queen Shuga Cain Is Answering AOC’s Cry For Help On Her Journey To Glow Up

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If Jesus Martinez didn’t quit his six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen, we may have never known Shuga Cain, as seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Shuga Cain and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot more in common than Latinidad. They both have risked the only life they’ve ever known to achieve their dreams. They both share the same political ideologies, and Shuga Cain has rooted AOC’s rise to influence within Congress.

That said, AOC said it first: she doesn’t know mierda about glam. Now, Shuga Cain is offering to teach her some of her tricks, and the Internet is stanning the collaboration we never knew we needed.

Once AOC took to her Instagram story to announce to the world she was on “the struggle bus big time,” trying to “glow up,” Shuga Cain came to the rescue.

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Over Labor Day weekend, AOC seemed to take the opportunity to play around with some false lashes. We didn’t get a glimpse at the lashes in action, but rather a photo of the lashes retired to their box, to be glued on another day. The freshman Congresswoman joked, “I am trying to practice my glow up skills and am on the struggle bus big time.” It seems she’s definitely having a sense of humor about it. 😂

Miss Shuga Cain heard the cry for help and offered her help.

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The drag queen, who starred in Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” shared the image of the sad lashes to her Twitter account with a question we all didn’t even know we needed to hear: “@AOC, how about we do a glam session together?” Miss Shuga Cain offered, “I’ll teach you some of my tricks! 😉” While we can’t quite price the worth of that glam session, we know it’s probably far out of the Congresswoman’s budget, and a generous gift from Miss Cain.

Claro, AOC is a logical woman and accepted the offer.

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“I’d love that!” AOC replied, along with emojis signifying her signature Puerto Rican red lip look. “YAASS! Let do it!! Messaging you!” Shuga Cain replied. While their first ever online exchange seems to be ongoing within private messages, Twitter is speculating on all the ways we wish to see this collaboration meet the public eye.

Fans are asking that AOC join “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge on the next season.

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Imagine the BTS the American public deserves–to see Shuga Cain doing AOC’s makeup before the show. Imagine forever being able to watch AOC apply those lashes and red lip on her Instagram story while she talks about the origin story of Taki’s and Trader Joe’s rip off of Latin culture? Imagine the possibilities.

Others are calling out AOC for already being a perfect angel.

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“Miss Ocasio-Cortez is already the most glowingly glown-up EVERRR!” tweeted one major AOC fan. It’s a hard tug-of-war between needing the collaboration video of AOC and Miss Shuga Cain interacting and knowing that beauty procedures as small as gluing eyelashes onto your lids is just enablement of patriarchal beauty standards that ultimately cost women their money and time. We get it. 

Shuga Cain has publicly supported AOC’s politics time and time again.

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Earlier this year, Shuga Cain retweeted a viral video of AOC telling seven big bank CEOs. She said, “In my district, I represent Riker’s island. I represent kids that go to jail for jumping a turnstile because they can’t afford a MetroCard.” She’s demanding answers for why the wealthy law-breakers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis aren’t being held to account. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!” Shuga Cain tweeted, thanking AOC for “standing up for all of us!! We all, including myself, need to learn from her example and stand up for each other and hold these crooks accountable!” Just a couple months later, Shuga Cain shared a video of AOC condemning the notion of a war with Iran, being sure to applaud AOC with a “COME THRUUUU @AOC!!!!”

All we know is that AOC is glowing up the American government, and Shuga Cain is more than capable of offering AOC the glow up she’s asking for.

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Yeah, we think Shuga Cain can handle a pair of false lashes, top and bottom. We’re with the stans: live stream this makeover or bust.

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Antonio Banderas Owes His Life To A Heroic Drag Queen Who Stopped Traffic To Save His Life

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Antonio Banderas Owes His Life To A Heroic Drag Queen Who Stopped Traffic To Save His Life

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Antonio Banderas is one of the most iconic actors to ever live. He has played a long series of characters spanning time, ideologies, and sexual orientations. However, Banderas recently shared a story that suggests his storied career might not have ever happened.

In a recent interview, Banderas recently admitted that he was in a horrific accident when he was a teenager.

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Banderas recently spoke to The Independent and the interview started with a story about how a drag queen came to his rescue. Banderas was only about 16 years old at the time and continues to thank and think about the drag queen who came to his rescue.

“It was 1976,” Banderas recalls to The Independent.

“And the front wheel of my motorbike went into a ditch and, boom! I hit a car and my head hit the tank. Bam! Then this person who was working a corner for clients, came from nowhere, got in the middle of the road and stopped a car to take me to hospital,” Banderas told The Independent.”The kickstand got me here [in the calf]. Blood everywhere. You could see the bone.”

That’s right. A 16-year-old Banderas owes his life to a drag queen who drove him to the hospital after a motorbike accident.

We don’t know who the drag queen is and Banderas didn’t give any more details other than the rescue. However, it is pretty cool to hear Banderas recall a story from so long ago that many never knew.

The interview was for Banderas’s new role in “Pain and Glory” where he plays a gay man.

“I don’t really know,” Banderas said when asked if straight people are given LGBTQ+ roles too often. “I’ve played gay characters for a long time and have always tried to be very respectful to the gay community. I’m an actor. I just play the character and try to believe them completely when I’m doing them. I try not to perform them; I try to live them. But, you know, I’m not Zorro, either. I have never been heroic. I run away!”

Banderas has played the role of a gay man multiple times starting in 1987 with “Law of Desire.”

Whoever the person is who saved Banderas’s life all those years ago, thank you. You saved an artistic gem and we are all better for it.

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