‘Let’s celebrate love’: RuPaul’s DragCon UK – a photo essay

‘Let’s celebrate love’: RuPaul’s DragCon UK – a photo essay
Drag queens Jasmine, Bay Ken, Rehab, Ikarly, Chardonnay and Dylan at RuPaul’s DragCon.
Drag queens Jasmine, Bay Ken, Rehab, Ikarly, Chardonnay and Dylan at RuPaul’s DragCon. Photograph: Rick Findler

A spectacular drag queen convention saw thousands flock to the ExCeL London this weekend, with events showcasing a world of vibrance, acceptance, love and positive energy

There are a few theories of the origin of “drag”. One being that it came from theatre, before women were allowed to be on stage. It is reported that DRAG was written as a direction for the male actors, standing for “dress as girl”. Others say that male actors would complain when wearing the women’s frocks, saying that the women’s dresses would “drag” across the floor. Or if you look it up on Wikipedia, another theory is that the word may have been based on the term “grand rag”, which was historically used for a masquerade ball.

Whatever its origin, drag has certainly come a long way. And there is no better place to see the advancement and growth in popularity than at the world’s biggest drag event: RuPaul’s DragCon UK, presented by World of Wonder.

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