Now, in most settings, you might say “a queen doesn’t need a man! Fuck having a king!” And normally I’d agree with you. However, many drag queens are cis gay men (by now in this article we should all have learned that you do NOT have to be a cis gay man to be a drag queen and we stan all the trans and AFAB drag queens!!!) and many drag kings are trans men, cis women, or nonbinary icons. Drag kings are certainly a less popular sect of drag, but definitely not any less incredible in terms of performers and artistry. Just because RuPaul’s Drag Race would feature any drag kings doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be paying the MOST attention to these icons. So, I’m gonna go through a few of my favorites!
Tenderoni is THEE Chicago drag king and the current 2021 winner of the Drag Queen of the Year Pageant
Landon Cider (@landoncider)
The winner of season 3 of the Boulet Brothers’ Dragula who has been on tours with Drag Race queens and an icon in his own accord.
Luc Ami (@luc.ami)
Another Chicago icon, this alien drag deity creates some of the most stunning artistry and hosts Queeriod, a drag show for new drag talents!
Inah Demons (@inahdemons)
Considered the “Tumblr Sexyman of Drag”, Inah is a Filipino drag artist who creates incredibly unique and colorful looks online that are truly one of a kind.
Shay They (@shaythey)
A New York drag quing clown who’s stunning in a clown white face and iconic mustache. If you’re in New York and they’re performing, you have to go see them!
Luv Ami (@luvamiking)
Luc Ami’s drag son, a young Chicago king who brings the PERFORMANCE and the looks.
Vigor Mortis (@heyvigormortis)
A Brooklyn king who does burlesque and drag, known for some chaos and silliness and who I’ve had the great honor to see him perform with googly eyes all over his body.
K. James (@k.james_switchnplay)
Another Brooklyn king who’s a member of the Switch n Play collective and is the coolest cat in Brooklyn drag, and everyone is also in love with.
Andro Gin (@androginking)
The definition of makeup artistry, Andro has some of the most iconic looks and the most beautiful creations put together on their face.
Another Brooklyn king, ShowPonii is an icon with his clown-white face and unique sense of artistry.
Another fresh face of Chicago drag, with a stamped face and some incredible performances. They may be new to the scene, but definitely give them a look!