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FIERCE!

Drag queens have been performing in Finland since the 70’s. The scene has been about men dressing and performing as women. In the past ten years the art form has developed under the ground and now, during last two years, there has appeared many new, younger queens in the scene. The youngest one started doing drag we he was 12.

Not all of the new artists are boys. The scene is widening and getting more queer-friendly. It’s not all about the female impersonations — a drag queen can perform as a female or male or mix of the stereotypes of them both. The artists play with the genders and it doesn’t matter who you are behind the costume and makeup.

 Illuminatrix, 16  “For me drag is empowering. It’s political, activism, strong emotions, partying and aesthetic.”

Illuminatrix, 16

“For me drag is empowering. It’s political, activism, strong emotions, partying and aesthetic.”

 Yulia Vagina, 18  “I’ve got some comments about that a girl can’t be a drag queen. I don’t really care what people think of me because I love what I do. It’s their problem if they don’t get it.”

Yulia Vagina, 18

“I’ve got some comments about that a girl can’t be a drag queen. I don’t really care what people think of me because I love what I do. It’s their problem if they don’t get it.”

 Slaya Bit, 18  “It hurts and it’s expensive and isn’t really worth it. But still it’s the best decision you can do in your life.”

Slaya Bit, 18

“It hurts and it’s expensive and isn’t really worth it. But still it’s the best decision you can do in your life.”

 Nellie Kim, 20  “I have no idea what I’m doing. It just comes from some dark place in my head.”

Nellie Kim, 20

“I have no idea what I’m doing. It just comes from some dark place in my head.”

 Luka, 14  “Then there’s these people who think that a boy who does make up is automatically gay. One shouldn’t care about them.”

Luka, 14

“Then there’s these people who think that a boy who does make up is automatically gay. One shouldn’t care about them.”

BenuLáLemu, 18

BenuLáLemu, 18

Drag has helped me through tough times. When I get those lashes on and some glitter on the eyelids I’m ready to rule the world.

Lady Clapback, 23

Lady Clapback, 23

I have noticed that nowadays I can’t live a day without thinking about it and the upcoming shows that I am going to perform on stage.

Miss Ana Rexx, 18

Miss Ana Rexx, 18

Everything that doesn’t insult anyone is permitted. There’s space for my shitty sense of humor.

Viha-Piirakka, 23

Viha-Piirakka, 23

Drag is therapeutic and soul cleansing. At its best it is a healthy form for self-examination.

Trashtina666, 19

Trashtina666, 19

Through my character I’ve dealt with things in myself that I've been afraid. Now they are not scary at all - they are my things.