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Drag Queen Alexis Stone Shocks Fans With Long Game Plastic Surgery Prank

Well, you can bet 2018 ended with a big bang and a major shock.

But here's some context for that video.

Throughout 2018, Elliot Joseph Rentz, known in the world of drag as Alexis Stone, kept fans close and up-to-date.

The performer is known for his dramatic makeup skills, but fans became concerned when he shared the desire to undergo surgery.

In August of 2018, Rentz made the initial announcement to his 141,000 (and counting) YouTube subscribers. Rentz shared that he was going to get plastic surgery. He then followed up on Instagram, where he has over 741,000 followers, by sharing pictures of himself in the pre-opt process.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Consultation done! Time for the surgery!

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Rentz even shared an “after photo” showing the results of his “surgery.” To add more to the ruse, Rentz asked for his fans to be gentle after seeing his “swollen and textured” face.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Change scares most people. I’ll be uploading a new YouTube video in 2 weeks.

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Rentz even went so far as to post a thank you video after his new face was all said and done.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But on New Year’s Eve, Alexis Stone made a surprise reveal. It was all an elaborate prank.

Working with special effects artist Davi Marti, Rentz revealed that he’d been tricking his followers for half a year.

In another video, he explained that the purpose of this long-term stunt was to pull off a “social experiment.”

He says he wanted to “bring attention to the social construct of becoming a monster.”

“If enough people scream and shout that someone’s a monster… it becomes believable.”

Rentz also shared that all of the above social media content was pre-recorded and filtered out over the several months.

Did the experiment surprise you?

Brazilian Drag Queen Pabllo Vittar Released A Music Video For Netflix's "Super Drags"

Pabllo Vittar is giving us life again.

Earlier this week, we shared with you the news that Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar had become a political icon against conservative President Jair Bolsonaro. But all of that political talk hasn’t stopped Pabllo Vittar from working. In fact, she now has a new music video out in collaboration with Netflix.

In order to promote its new Drag Queen superhero animation, Netflix recently released a music video for the show’s theme song. As if watching the trailer didn’t get us excited enough, now there’s a video with Pabllo Vittar attached?

In the video for the song “Highlight,” Pabllo Vittar gets a club going as she performs initially as a cartoon caricature of herself. The real singer then appears to set it off with splits, whipped hair, and more. She then dances with the show’s characters.

Just to catch anyone up who hasn’t heard of the recently arrived Netflix series before, Super Drags follows three department store workers who double as superhero drag queens named Lemon Chiffon, Cran’s Sapphire, and Crimson Scarlet.

Pabllo Vittar makes an appearance in the series, along with two other Brazilian drag queens named Silvetty Montilla and Suzy Brazil.

In addition, the three main characters are voiced by Trixie Mattel, Ginger Minj, and Shangela.

Want to check out Super Drags? Well you can, because it’s out now on Netflix!

This Popular Drag Queen Has Become The Voice Of Resistance Against “Brazil’s Donald Trump”

23-year-old singer and drag queen Pabllo Vittar has found herself at the center of political discourse, and she couldn’t be happier.

According to Buzzfeed News, Vittar has become a major voice against the political unrest happening in Brazil.

Pabllo Vittar walked through the doorway to fame in 2015 after posting a cover of Major Lazer’s “Lean On.” Afterwards, she solidified her popularity by showing up in one of Major Lazer’s videos alongside Diplo and Brazilian singer Anitta.

Now, Vittar is using the spotlight to talk about Brazilian politics and specifically about women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and the #EleNão (#NotHim) movement against the country’s extremely conservative leader Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro has made several sexist, racist, and homophobic comments in the past such as saying women weren’t worthy of equal pay and implying that he would kill his son if he turned out to be gay.

In response to this, Pabllo Vittar has repeatedly expressed distaste for Bolsonaro and support for the #EleNão movement.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#elenao #elenunca #elejamais

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As political rest continues throughout several countries, it’s great to see that drag queens are raising their voices all over the world.

h/t: Buzzfeed News

A New Queen Is Crowned At A Nearly Decade Absent Atlanta Pride Event

A historic Pride pageant has returned and has crowned a new Queen.

The Miss Atlanta Pride Pageant has returned after being gone for almost a year, according to Project Q.

According to Jamie Fergerson, Atlanta Pride Committee executive director, the original drag pageant faded away in 2009 due to its huge expense, logistical leaps, and

lack of community appeal.

“It was an event that was expensive and difficult to run, and people had lost interest in the community, so we stopped having that in favor of other programming,” she told Project Q. “For the last year or so, we’ve heard more interest.”

The call for a revival of this event came from entrepreneur Keith Young who is the co-owner of the Midtown Tavern and the after hour event series called Xion. Young reached out to drag performer Celeste Holmes and husband Billy Ledford as they were the last people to organize the event. They then agreed to help bring a return to the Miss Atlanta Pride Pageant.

“I’m excited for it to be back, because Atlanta Pride is one of the largest in the country,” said Holmes. “It’s definitely the mecca for the South. To have a Miss Atlanta Pride Pageant and have someone represent Atlanta Pride all year long at events is going to add to the cache of what Atlanta Pride is and will expand the audience even further.”  

But not only did the winner of the September 30th event earn the title and responsibilities of Atlanta’s Pride Queen, but she also earned a heap a rewards.

The winner of the event received a crown, $500 in cash, a spot in the Atlanta Pride parade, a photo shoot with local photographer Just Toby, a gift certificate for a wig by Jonathan Nieves, a spot in the Shooting Stars Cabaret in Piedmont Park during Atlanta Pride, and a cast slot in Holmes’ drag show in Midtown Tavern after the pageant.

And who won the title? Miss Sheena Cassadine!

Cassadine and her fellow contestants were judged on Pride presentation, talent, and evening gown categories (according to this Georgia USofA pdf about the rules and regulations).

In the end, it was Cassadine who took home the title and all the prizes that went with it. Now, Cassadine will act as a representative of Atlanta’s gay community for the rest of the year. Congratulations to her!

h/t: Project Q, Georgia USofA,

Man Fighting A Drag Reading Pleaded Guilty To Stalking A Singer And Sending Him Nudes

A man who’s trying to stop his local library from hosting a Drag Queen Story Time has also been connected to stalking and sending nude pics to another man.

Christopher Sevier is currently the lead activist against the city of Lafayette hosting a Drag Queen Story Time at the city library. He does so in the name of the antigay hate group called the Warriors For Christ and Special Forces of Liberty, according to The Daily Advisor.

But, it looks like Sevier shouldn’t be the lead figure in any kind of movement, especially an antigay one, considering his legal past.

Court records from the last decade show that Sevier has a problem with stalking people.

The first incident happened back in 2008 when Sevier got into legal troubles with country singer John Rich. It first started out as a fight over song rights, but the situation soon escalated thanks to Sevier.

Rich later filed for a restraining order on Sevier after noticing the man was stalking him. Unfortunately for Rich, Sevier blatantly ignored that restraining order.

Allegedly, Sevier messaged Rich about private information such as conversations about Rich’s young children. In addition, Sevier even sent Rich a seemingly-naked picture of himself draped in a blood-soaked American Flag, according to the Tennessean back in 2014.

In that same year, Sevier was also accused of stalking a 17-year-old girl. Sevier then confronted the girl at a coffee/ice cream shop in the Nashville-area. During that confrontation, Sevier mentioned information about conversations the girl had previously.

“He knew the conversations that I had had,” she said. “So I was scared.”

Initially, Sevier claimed that his interactions with the two were legal. Sevier says that he was legitimately attempting to end the song rights litigation by reaching out to Rich. Meanwhile, Sevier says the interaction with the girl was his attempt at being “friendly” and helping her get modeling work.

That said, Sevier later pleaded guilty after the chargers were reduced to misdemeanors.

And those are just two of allegedly numerous other criminal issues involving Sevier, according to the Daily Beast. This includes not paying child support, failure to show up to court hearings, violating his restraining order, and assaulting his father-in-law (a fight that resulted in the injury of his then-7-month-old baby).

So again, we must say that the Warriors For Christ and Special Forces of Liberty might want to leave this Drag Story Time alone and instead focus on who fights with them. We think these Christians should be very concerned with the legal history of their outspoken comrade.

h/t: The Daily Advisor, The Tennessean

"Moonlight" Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney To Make Play About First Drag Queen Presidential Candidate

Tarell Alvin McCraney is putting on a play production about the first drag queen to run for U.S. president.

McCraney was the playwright of In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, an unpublished semi-autobiographical play about a poor gay, black man in Florida. That play later became the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight.

Now as Playbill reports, McCraney is sharing his next project, which happens to be about Joan Jett Blakk.

Blakk, the persona of Chicago-born Terence Smith, is America’s first drag queen presidential candidate. She announced her presidential run at the 1992 Democratic National Convention

In addition, Blakk ran with the slogan “Lick Bush in ’92," and the slogan “Lick Slick Willie in ’96!” when she ran again in 1996.

McCraney will be honoring the history of Joan Jett Blakk with the new play titled Ms. Blakk for President.

The play will be produced at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and McCraney is enlisting the help of SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical director Tina Landau. On top of that, McCraney will star in the role.

“Tina and I want to focus on something that is current and bold and allows me to use some tools that I haven’t exercised in a while; my acting,” McCraney said after the production was announced. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring Ms. Blakk for President to Chicago.”

Need to know more about the production? Well, the Steppenwolf theatre company has you covered with the following description:

“Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America’s first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan’s story begins in Chicago; it’s 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago’s most radical and influential citizens.”

“Watch out for Ms. Blakk: she's not afraid to drag the competition.”

This has been an exciting couple of years for Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Not only did he play inspire what became an Academy award winning film, but he also became the chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama (his alma mater). Plus, he’s the resident playwright at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

On top of that, McCraney is having his Broadway debut with his play Choir Boy, about a young gay. black man who sings in the choir at his Christian boarding school.

We look forward to McCraney’s future projects and seeing Ms. Blakk for President’s opening in Chicago on June 3, 2019.

Drag Star Eureka O'Hara Gave Zachary Quinto A Drag Makeover

Ever wondered what Zachary Quinto looks like while in drag? Well, wonder no more as a recent video just solved that mystery.

The famous Broadway and TV star sat down with famous drag star Eureka O’Hara to get some makeup tips and a full makeover.

While getting the makeover, Quinto shared that he has done drag before for a college theatre gig. The two also talked about Quinto’s childhood, being a gay youth, coming out, and working in the entertainment business.

Whether you’re looking to hear the best makeup tips from a pro, to get to know Zachary Quinto a little better, or to see what he looks like in drag, this video’s got you cover. Go check it out below.

Oh, and for the record, Quinto’s drag persona is Noa Fence, so write that down as claimed.

Divine Remembered at Hairspray Anniversary Event

This Monday July 23rd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a belated 30thanniversary screening of John Waters’ 1988 hit, Hairspray. The 35mm screening was accompanied by a Q&A with John Waters, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Deborah Harry, Ricki Lake, Clayton Prince, Mink Stole, and Pia Zadora. The event (hosted by Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins) was reminiscent of “a high school reunion” and brought the cast together in Los Angeles’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

John Waters, an open gay man and icon, is best known for his cult classic films from the 70’s but gave us something that still lives on today- Hairspray. At the event, Barry Jenkins joked that when he sat down to have a cocktail in John Waters’ home, Waters let him know the cocktail had been paid by Hairspray. It inspired a stage musical, it inspired a movie remake, it inspired a live tv musical on NBC, and it inspired the hearts of many to be a bit more open and a bit more fun. During the event, Waters was clear about what he set out to do and what he succeeded in doing- telling a story about segregation, both racial and sexual, and how when we let things come together it all works out.

However, Hairspray would not be Hairspray without Harris Glenn Milstead, better known by his performer name- Divine. Divine appeared in most of John Waters’ work in drag and came to be earn the title of “Drag Queen of the Century” from People magazine. His contribution to our society was unashamed drag, unlimited fun, and letting us know it was always okay to be exactly who we wanted to. Before the Q&A came to a close, Clayton Prince who played Seaweed took a moment to remind us of how much Divine contributed and to have a moment of remembrance for him. Divine will always be remembered by his cast mates, friends, and fans.

 

Is Miss Vanjie Returning For Another Drag Race Season?

Is Miss Vanjie Returning For Another Drag Race Season?


We’ve Made Some Interesting Discoveries!

#MISSVANJIE! Who isn’t obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 contestant, Miss Vanessa Vanjie Mateo?! I mean, the name in general – she’s crazy – and we’re crazy about her! We aren’t the only ones, even RuPaul, has worn Vanjie attire on the red carpet for the 2018 Time 100 Gala while the rest of the season has felt Miss Vanjie’s prescence as they blurb her catchphrase AKA name in nearly every episode. Hell, I think my roommate is about to throw a fit because I’m still screaming Miss Vanjie while leaving for work every morning. Please believe me when I say, Miss Vanjie is the best addiction to plague society: She’s harmless – she’s Vanjie!


Clearly World of Wonder Productions would be a fool not to capitalize on the Miss Vanjie phenomenon. They already arranged for Vanjie to join RuPaul during a keynote speech at DragCon LA 2018 to everyone’s surprise. It’s safe to say Vanjie is the winner of the season – she’s a viral sensation and the rest of the Queen’s fan bases won’t hold a candle to Vanjies – not even YOU, Aquaria! We haven’t seen the last of Vanjie on our screens and I must speculate her return for season 11 of Drag Race! Hear me out:


Well, Miss Vanjie is canceling a handful of performances. Our favorite queen has a six-week gap immediately following the Fourth of July and heading into mid-August. Why would a Drag Queen be canceling performances? It’s not like they’re taking night classes or continuing a college degree. They’re so obviously going on Drag Race! Drag Race is a Queen’s destiny now. The Scorpio, a gay bar in North Carolina, has apologized to their patrons for Vanjie canceling a performance. Hmm… check out their apology below and a time gap in Vanjie's schedule below:



In a recent interview with PopBuzz, Vanjie states she’d go back to Drag Race for any reason. She tells:

“If they asked me, of course. Bitch, if they asked me to come clean the bathrooms, I would do it. If they say 'Miss Vanjie, we can't bring you on, but can you please be the janitor for All Stars?' I'd say, yes of course. Give me the gloves, Mary. Let me start cleaning.”


Okay, so WoW isn’t wasting any time jumping from season to season of Drag Race. We didn’t even have enough time to fully be upset over mediocre Trixie Mattel unfairly winning Drag Race: All Stars 3 before we saw a group of new queens literally the next week. The next Drag Race season is arguably probably cast, so we’re due for filming soon. What better time to film than the summer? Season 10 will be wrapping up and followed shortly by the Fourth of July so the busy crew can enjoy a week off with their families. Right? Right. This only means, to me, our girl Vanjie will be making an appearance on season 11. It’s not like queens from season’s past haven’t been brought back before in a regular season. Remember Eureka who’s being shoved down our throats, Shangela who is the most robbed Queen in the show’s history, or that woman who wouldn’t stop talking about her CuCu?! Yeah, they all returned for a new season and did well…besides the Cucu head.


Anyway, take this for what its worth. Possibly nothing but speculation…but let’s hope we can see Vanjie one more time.


Do you think Miss Vanjie will be appearing on the next season of Drag Race?!

RuPaul's New Netflix Sitcom - "AJ And The Queen"

As if perpetually-in-motion RuPaul didn't have enough on his plate, now we get word that the queen of all queens will sashay to Netflix for a new hour-long, scripted comedy series titled, AJ and the Queen.

Michael Patrick King (2 Broke Girls, Sex and the City) will team up with the two-time Emmy Award winner for the new original comedy series.

According to Deadline, King and RuPaul will pen the new sitcom which will feature RuPaul as "Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old stowaway."

So, two misfits - one tall, one small - sashaying across the country, spreading a message of acceptance and love.

And apparently Mama Ru will lay a killer musical number on us in each of the drag clubs visited.

#YouBettaWork​

Kind of like BJ and the Bear meets Touched by an Angel, just with a lot more sass and style.

According to reports, Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season.

Check the video tease Netflix tweeted out:

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