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‘Drag: The Complete Story’ Features Fan Fav Drag Race Alums

On September 17th Drag: The Complete Story will be hitting shelves everywhere. The work examines drag culture from the very beginning, with accounts of drag from as far back as the 1800’s, to now, where shows like Ru Paul’s Drag Race dominate television.

The author behind Drag, Simon Doonan, is known for his work as the Creative Ambassador of the New York City based clothing store, Barneys. However, this isn’t his first time around the publishing block; Drag will be Doonan’s seventh published work.


Simon DoonanDoonan with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen/Image via DNAinfo


An exclusive spread in Entertainment Weekly showed off some pages from the upcoming book, revealing some of the queens that Doonan will be focusing on.

Some queens featured include Drag Race Alums:



Violet Chachki


Violet ChachkiImage via The Royal Northern College of Music


Kim Chi


Kim ChiImage via Anime Expo


Bianca Del Rio


Bianca Del RioImage via Stuff


Bebe Zahara Benet


Bebe Zahara BenetImage via Gay Star News


And Ru Paul, herself


Ru PaulImage via Vanity Fair


Other influential queer figures from earlier on in history, like Marsha P. Johnson, are discussed in Drag as well. Meaning, Drag could potentially be a great book for older readers struggling to understand this new wave in queer culture, as well as for younger readers who haven’t been informed of the historical context that makes shows like Ru Paul’s Drag Race so important.


Marsha P. JohnsonImage via Out


Entertainment Weekly also reported that all author proceeds made from Drag will be going to the Ali Forney Center, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBTQ youth from homelessness.




Featured images via Pinterest, Cosmopolitan, and The Austin Chronicle