Corrigan: Haven’t been to a drag show? Put that on your bucket list.


Kenzie Borland

Victoria Fox goes out into the crowd to collect tips during her performance at the 2018 annual WSU drag show on Friday night.

When your boss asks you to cover a drag show, you say yes with every fiber of your being and pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.

I had never been to a drag show before Friday night. I know. What have I been doing with my life?

This was WSU’s eighth annual drag show. This is a monumental accomplishment because this show is put on by the students in Spectrum LGBTQ Allies, SAC, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Because of their hard work, we were able to see these incredible kings and queens perform, with drag Queen royalty, Ginger Minj in our midst.

Ginger Minj, a finalist on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” was absolutely fabulous. She helped emcee the show with local drag queen royalty, Divinity Masters. Together, the two had me in stitches the whole night. My cheeks burned that good “I’ve been laughing for three hours” burn as I walked to my car.

What can I say about these kings and queens that would do their performances justice? Probably nothing, so if you’re like me and you haven’t been to a drag show, it’s imperative that you put it on your bucket list.

First of all, their makeup is insane. I want to sit down with each of them and have them teach me their ways. From Ginger Minj’s sparkly feathered eyelashes to Faux L’Beaux’s expertly lined and glossed red lips, I was dumbstruck. I very nearly poke my eye out with every application of mascara. These kings and queens were owning the damn thing. And then there are the wigs. There was one performer, Regina La-Rae, who pulled off one fabulous wig mid-performance to reveal a second colorful wig underneath. It was like wig Russian nesting dolls. Truly amazing.

Then there were the performances. Oh. My. Goodness. These kings and queens killed it. I need to take a twerking lesson from Terri S. Aqui, who danced like there was no tomorrow and somehow went from a running back hand-spring into the splits in one deft movement. Unbelievable.

And how could we forget drag king Jamal Magnum aka WSU student Akayla Portley-Steward’s expert Justin Timberlake pop and locks? These kings and queens do it all, and all while they are wearing fabulous costumes — some of which include sky-high patent leather pumps and skin-tight body suits. And let me tell you, they look good doing it.

The night ended with a performance by Divinity Masters, taking off her drag outfit at the end of the night, and transforming back into Brad Thomison. Thomison, who also serves as the LGBTQ coordinator for the office of diversity and inclusion at WSU, performed a song with a powerful message— “I am what I am. I bang my own drum. So what if people think it’s noise? I think it’s pretty.”

The drag kings and queens own who they are. They ooze confidence. They are proud of who they are, as we all should be. I could definitely learn some dance moves and makeup tips from the drag kings and queens, but most of all, they can teach us all how to be confident and rock exactly who we are, simply because we are all fabulous.