BY Amy Carlberg
on May 16, 2014
As the Amazing Spiderman, Andrew Garfield is no stranger to skintight costumes. But the outfits he wears in Arcade Fire's new video, "We Exist," are revealing in a whole different way.
We kicked off the week with another new video featuring a blonde wig, so this seems like the perfect bookend. Both music videos highlight the performance of gender; how femininity is nothing inherent, but rather a set of learned behaviors. Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman
on Feb 18, 2014
If you're anything like me (and since you are reading BUST I'm guessing you are), you've been spending these cold months binge watching episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race, waiting and longing for its return on February 24. I've re-watched these episodes so many times, my dreams (maybe nightmares?) have been overrun with lace-front wigs and and pieces of foam shaped like Africa. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Jan 30, 2014
The 27-year-old Fortunato Castro grow up listening to his mother recall vivid memories of her youth in El Salvador. Now a photographer, Castro returns to images of his mother at his age, animating the vintage photographs by dressing and posing as his mother.
In the poignant series, Castro doesn’t intend to impersonate his mother in a literal sense; rather, the images read as a son seeking to understand his mother and her youth by physically placing himself in her shoes. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 11, 2013
As part of (Queen) Oprah's "Where Are They Now?" series, RuPaul dished on the ins and outs of his drag career. "If I never did drag again, honestly, I wouldn't care!" he says. "The only time you will ever see me in drag is when I'm what? Getting paid." Let me be the first to say thank you to whoever has been paying him, then. Where would we be without RuPaul?!
He also touched on his 19-year relationship with his partner, Georges. And yes, he totally gets that dreamy look in his eyes we are all prone to when talking about dudes or dudettes. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 24, 2013
When Tina Fey pulled up her chair at the Saturday Night Live writers’ table, the show wasn’t all that woman-friendly. In her autobiographical book Bossypants, the comedien tells a story of how writers often assumed men in drag could be more funny than women. By the time she left, the show had featured more female greats than ever before: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolf, Kristen Wiig, and others graced us with their unbeatable wit.
But wait a second! As Salon’s Carolyn Edgar points out, Keenan Thompson and Tracy Morgan are famed for their drag performances. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Aug 27, 2013
The completely magical, fantastical drag and burlesque superstar The World Famous *BOB* is hosting an Onstage Beauty/Drag Basics class at the New York School of Burlesque tomorrow, Friday the 28th of August at 6:00 PM. The class will be super fun and informative. I have often coveted the stunning beauty and poise characteristic of drag stars (I myself never wear make-up), and now we can all have the chance to learn the secrets of the biz, like how to design flawless wigs and apply pesky false eyelashes!
Plus: proceeds from the event will go to a great cause. Read More
Talk about wham, bam, thank you ma’am! Meet los exóticos, a gay, campy sub-culture of the Mexican wrestling community lucha libre. While the wrestling style of lucha libres is similar to the standard staged, slamming and jamming we are used to seeing in America, the los exóticos are something WWF fans are not likely to embrace as they prance around stage.
As it appears south of the border, Mexican wrestling has a much less homophobic opinion of wrestlers, despite the still seemingly homoerotic nature of the sport. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 13, 2013
Her historical significance is held in high esteem: exalted in song, memorialized in plays by luminaries like Shakespeare. You’ve seen thrilling portrayals of her by such legendary ladies as Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, not to mention BUST Oct/Nov 2010 cover goddess, Helen Mirren.
She’s widely celebrated for her doggedness, her quick wit, her artful proficiency, and above all, her ability to bring balance and harmony to her own beloved country. Read More
New York photographer Leland Bobbé's project “Half Drag” has sprung into full fruition. Just this past March, he photographed drag queen Sabel Scities with drag makeup on half of his face and au natural on the other. Bobbé posted the stunning portrait online, stating that he had four more different photos in the same style and that his goal was to try and see where these might take him. Only a few months later, the project greatly expanded with over 30 different drag queens photographed thus far, with more to come. Read More
I proudly own all seven seasons of the Golden Girls on DVD, and you better believe I consistently wear my "Stay Golden" t-shirt from the BUST Boobtique! So, imagine my delight when I heard about the upcoming drag tribute show We Love The Golden Girls 3. If you're in the NYC area on March 6th, and you want to show some GG love, hit up the Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street) from 8pm to 4am. Read More