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How A Former Mr. Gay India Transforms Into India’s Sexiest Drag Queen

How A Former Mr. Gay India Transforms Into India’s Sexiest Drag Queen

A pictorial look at the transformation of Sushant Divgikar to Rani Ko-HE-Nur.

Drag queens may seem like an alien concept in a country like India where homosexuality is still taboo (can we be done with section 377 already?) Traditional Indian dances have long seen men dress up as women and cross-dressing is rampant in mainstream Bollywood, yet when it comes to drag queens, how many names can you recollect? And no, Govinda in Aunty No. 1 doesn’t count.

To give you an idea of what it's like to be a drag queen, we went behind the scenes at Alaska Thunderfuck’s (yep, that’s a real stage name, google it, NSFW obvs) maiden gig in India. Having won RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alaska came to India to perform her very popular, interestingly titled songs such as ‘Anus’ and ‘Pussy’ for Kitty Su’s LGBTQ celebration. Opening for Alaska was India’s very own Rani Ko-HE-Nur, the drag avatar of Sushant Divgikar, a maverick known to us normies as model, actor, singer, reality TV star, pageant winner and more. Through our lens watch this gifted performer transform into a glamorous diva.

Inline 1a < That before pictureThat before picture

Inline 2a < Kicking off the transformationKicking off the transformation

Inline 3a < And you thought contouring was just for womenAnd you thought contouring was just for women

When you realise you don’t need to be Kim K to up that contouring gameWhen you realise you don’t need to be Kim K to up that contouring game

The eye shadow is straight out of a YT tutorial you can’t replicate at homeThe eye shadow is straight out of a YT tutorial you can’t replicate at home

Inline 6a < WIPWIP

 With eye lashes this luscious, it’s hard not to channel your inner diva.With eye lashes this luscious, it’s hard not to channel your inner diva

Mirror mirror on the wall.Mirror mirror on the wall…

Make up that extends to the neck and chestMake up that extends to the neck and chest

Inline 10a < Hair in place, it’s time to don the final outfit.Hair in place, it’s time to don the final outfit

Did someone say fierce?Did someone say fierce?

Strike a poseStrike a pose

Strike many posesStrike many poses

Opening for Alaska ThunderfuckOpening for Alaska Thunderfuck

Rani in her elementRani in her element

 

 

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By Shibani Sharma
Photographs by: Yash Bandi