Drag Me: Spotlight on the Kings

Author: Evan Tribelhorn

Hi everyone! Welcome back to Drag Me, a monthly column in which I explore all things drag. This month I’ve decided to talk about some of my favorite drag kings, which is a type of drag I haven’t particularly focused on yet. Drag kings are very frequently glossed over in talking about drag, especially when it comes to drag as an aspect of mainstream society and it’s honestly so tragic. Drag kings put on some of the most fun and dynamic drag performances I’ve ever seen, and I’m really excited to share some of my favorites with you.

Landon Cider

Landon Cider is not only one of my favorite drag kings, he is also one of the best and most creative makeup artists in the industry. He doesn’t particularly have a standard beat, and each look is unique and constantly evolving. Cider also does incredible character work within his looks; some of my favorites include Pitbull, Hades from the animated film Hercules, and Beetlejuice. Not only are all the looks for these characters spot on, but on stage they truly come to life. I’ve been following Landon Cider since I first saw this BuzzFeed video, and since then I have admired him for being such an advocate for kings within the drag community. After RuPaul’s controversial interview with The Advocate in 2016, Cider wrote an op-ed about the inclusion of kings within the context of Drag Race. The way Cider is able to openly talk about the particular obstacles drag kings face is what has made me continue to follow and support his work.