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Realness styling itself appears as the effect of a motivated regimen undertaken by specific identifiable agents, namely, the “voguers” who achieve “personality overhauls” by actively “constructing their identities”.

The effective subjectivity…

Understanding the documentary subjects’ (poor, urban, black and Latino drag queens) performances of bourgeois femininity as coded via standards of unmarked whiteness,
bell hooks, for instance, argued that the film exploited the ways in which…

This oversight is particularly telling if we consider the way that Paris also became the occasion for a discussion among academic cultural critics of racial, sexual, and class identities of the film's performers—and of subjects of capitalist culture…

This makes drags significant in understanding their potential in changing dominant cultural norms based on the assumption that sex is always already gender.

He is male biologically but this does not prevent him from teaching how to model to other…

When gay black mean convincingly present themselves as successful business throws into question some of our society’s more fundamental values and corresponding realities.

That which was previously thought of as so meaningful is…

What could be more paradoxical than a subculture that celebrates the fanatically precise imitation of the mainstream?

Now the ultimate measure of success is to be able to walk out of a ball and into the crowd on the street without being identified…

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Venus Xtravaganza and Octavia explain what they want their futures to look like and the normal lives they hope to live in comparison to the fabulous and unreal world of the balls.

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Pepper Labeija talks about the culture of the balls and how each persons life brought them there. This is followed by an explanation of how the balls are like another world, comparable to Wonderland.

Turan, Kenneth. “Invitation to the Drag Ball.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 1991. Web. 16 Sept. 2013.

Travers, Peter. “Paris is Burning.” Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone, 13 March 1991. Web. 16 Sept. 2013
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