Drag queens (or female impersonators) are men who generally wear exaggerated female clothing and accessories, often performing in nightclubs, entertaining at social events, entering beauty pageants or simply assuming another identity. Personality and larger-than-life qualities certainly give drag queens an edge, as some have become household names, including Dame Edna Everage, Divine, Amanda Lepore and RuPaul.
Difficulty: Moderately ChallengingInstructions
Pick a name. Drag queens often use satirical plays on words to shape an identity. For example, "Misty Meaner" may take on the persona of an erotic officer. Allow your drag queen name to represent your attributes or traits, like "Bubbles," "Blue Eyes," "Princess" or "Spoiled Rotten." Many drag queens simply feminize their real name -- "Jon" may become "Jonetta."
Choose a persona. Before entering the physical transformation to become a drag queen, visual direction and inspiration are a must. Some drag queens choose extreme exaggeration and comedy (almost in a clown-like manner) as part of their persona, while others become fashionistas that showcase elaborate gowns and jewelry. Another common approach is to impersonate specific celebrities and divas, such as Madonna, Cher, Marilyn Monroe and Dolly Parton.
Select a wig. Choosing the best-fitting and realistic wigs can pose a challenge. Sticking with tones closer to your natural hair coloring is one of the safest ways for beginners to become a drag queen. Gradually experiment with different wig colors, multi-tones and highlights. It's often recommended to choose wigs with synthetic fibers over human hair to decrease the level of maintenance. In addition to full wigs, drag queens may also use other hair pieces, such as wiglets, clip-ons, extensions and cascades, to add length, body and to achieve different hairstyles.
Get comfortable with typical women's clothing and accessories. To become a drag queen, you must familiarize yourself with the art of transforming into a woman. False eyelashes, hair clips, pantyhose and undergarments (such as corsets and bras) are commonplace. Experiment with silicon breast forms, implant holders, cosmetics, taping pecs closer together using medical tape and push-up bras for cleavage enhancement. Since height naturally encourages people to take notice, wear heels to lengthen your body and create an eye-catching appearance that calls attention to your overall look.