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Famous Male Drag Queens

Updated June 14, 2019 28k views50 items
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List of famous male drag queens, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male drag queens list contains the most prominent and top males known for being drag queens. There are thousand of males working as drag queens in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic drag queens have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a drag queen then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of people like Capretta and Francis Leon.

While this isn't a list of all male drag queens, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male drag queens?" and "Who are the best male drag queens?"
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    RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, for which he has received three Primetime Emmy Awards, in 2016, 2017, and 2018. RuPaul is considered to be the most commercially successful drag queen in the United States. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.RuPaul was born and raised in San Diego, California and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia to study performing arts. He settled in New York City where he became a popular fixture on the nightclub scene....  more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

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    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
    • Alternative Name: Joey Arias, Paco Arias, Joe Arias
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    Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), better known by his stage name Divine, was an American actor, singer, and drag queen. Closely associated with the independent filmmaker John Waters, Divine was a character actor, usually performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical productions, and adopted a female drag persona for his music career. Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a conservative middle-class family, Milstead developed an early interest in drag while working as a women's hairdresser. By the mid-1960s he had embraced the city's countercultural scene and befriended Waters, who gave him the name "Divine" and the tagline of "the most beautiful woman in the world,...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 42 (1945-1988)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    Sylvester James Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), known mononymously as Sylvester, was an American singer-songwriter. Primarily active in the genres of disco, rhythm and blues, and soul, he was known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, falsetto singing voice, and hit disco singles in the late 1970s and 1980s. Born in Watts, Los Angeles, to a middle-class African-American family, Sylvester developed a love of singing through the gospel choir of his Pentecostal church. Leaving the church after the congregation expressed disapproval of his homosexuality, he found friendship among a group of black cross-dressers and transgender women who called themselves The Disquotays....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)
    • Birthplace: Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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