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Miss Fame & Violet Chachki

by Paul Bellini

Drag queens have always been ideal pop stars. Both Divine and Ru Paul had hits, so who’s to say Miss Fame or Violet Chachki can’t?

Miss Fame started as a male model and make-up artist. “Seeing the positive effects of transforming others, I was inspired to transform myself,” Fame says. “I became a work of art, a goddess.”  Soon, Fame was modeling for world-class fashion photographers, pushing boundaries and proving beauty does not reside within a specific gender.

From there it was off to compete on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and now she’s about to release her first album, Beauty Marked, and her first single, ‘InstaFame’, both available now on iTunes.  For more information, visit And check out the video:

Then there’s Violet Chachki, who was actually a winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Shereleased her first full-length album, Gagged, on Tuesday June 30th.  Along with the EP, she is releasing the music video for her second single, ‘Vanguard’.

“I wanted to create something as a sort of soundtrack to the avant-garde visuals I create,” she explains of her record, packed with dark, dance-y, fun but serious songs that address issues such as gender, conformity, power play, exhibitionism, sex and confidence.  She drew inspiration from her past work in dungeons where she worked under a dominant mistress.  

The video for ‘Vanguard’ depicts Violet rising up against a gang of transphobic thugs who attack her in a restaurant.  With the help of her trusty poodle sidekick, Violet becomes a fetish warrior, forcing the thugs into her own special brand of submission. Sounds totally awesome.

Thank God for all this. I was worried the Pan Am Games would just be lots of boring sports stuff, but it looks like July will be a month of great performances for residents of Toronto.