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From female impersonation to drag

The term ‘drag queen’ is synonymous today with extravagant make-up, flamboyant clothing and a formidable personality. But how did drag develop from female impersonation into a world-dominating art form?

Words by Kirsten Riley

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Kirsten Riley

Kirsten is Wellcome Collection’s Digital Editor for Social Media.