Think you look different with makeup on?
Check out these UH-mazing photos of New York City drag queens in and out of their makeup shot by famed photographer Leland Bobbé. This photo shoot is beautiful. The makeup these guys do is really spectacular! I mean, the shading and blending in their makeup is breath taking. What, do these guys all go though some extensive and fabulous Drag-Queen-Bootcamp to get this stuff down? And the transformations they go through! I literally put my hand up to the screen to cover the “male” side of each and everyone of the photos and damn! They, for the most part, look nothing like the “regular” half. You can see the features and such but the Drag persona definitely takes over. I love this. It’s such a flattering way to showcase Drag Queens- not just another kitchy, cheesy show of feather boas and glitter- this shows pure artistry. Think what you may about Drag, but it’s an artform. I’m all for it!
In his Half-Drag series, New York photographer Leland Bobbé captures the two sides of the city’s drag queens — the extravagantly made-up drag divas and the organic men that lie beneath.
Bobbé tells Huffington Post Gay Voices, “Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side.” Shockingly, the identities are composed in camera and are not separate images joined during editing.
Bobbé posted the first portrait of the Half-Drag series on his blog last March, writing, “I got great feedback on the image so I decided to reach out to other drag queens using Facebook as my main means of communication… I’ve now shot four people with many more on the way. We’ll see where this takes me…”
Five months later, the project has taken the award-winning photographer far: It has been featured in Italian Vogue, fashion site Refinery 29, as well as in other websites and blogs from around the world. Bobbé reflects, “This is what the term ‘gone viral’ is all about.”
Here in Miami the weather can be pretty bi-polar. Any resident knows you can plan to go to the beach on a sunny day and get rained out- just for it to be sunny again minutes later.
There are hurricanes and tropical storms- not to mention (even though I’m mentioning it) that South Beach floods basically every time it drizzles. Along with all this precipitation it’s hot as hell down here. It gets muggy and isn’t exactly the type of weather you’d want to be caught in wearing a heavy coat.
There’s the obvious solution of carrying an umbrella but what else is there? I have been talking to a few people for a while about how badly I want a clear rain coat. It’s the perfect thing for Miami- it’s light, it protects you and your dope clothes from the rain while being stylish and not looking like a 4 year old (matching hat and boots anyone?)
I came across these raincoats made by Terra New York which are really awesome. There are a few variations in styles that give something for every girl. Named after well known New York City neighborhoods there is the Nolita, the Lower East Side and the Tribecca styes. These jackets are not cheap- they start around $240- but they are worth it in my eyes! They are made of recycled TPU/Urethane and sealed with heat making the jacket 100% waterproof (whereas other jackets are sewn together leaving places rain could seep into.) The Lower East Side parka has a hood big enough for a helmet so if you’re cycling in the rain you can still be safe.
I personally love the semi-transparent look of the jackets. The actual styling of them is beautiful as well. These aren’t stuffy. The cape is amazing and I really can’t decide which is my favorite.
That is the view from my apartment when it rains.. pretty foggy, windy, no time for an umbrella to turn inside out !
*All images via CoolHunting
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