I am a fat, disabled fan and too scared to support any queens in person because I don't fit their beauty standards and I don't know how to be sickening.
While many of the drag queens on Rupaul’s Drag Race are thin and able-bodied and fit conventional beauty standards, there are plenty that have not been on the show, or at least competed on it, that are more unconventionally beautiful.
Piyah Martell- Piyah Martell was featured on Rupaul’s Drag Race in a mini challenge during season four, where the competing drag queens had to make butterfly-themed headpieces for her. She was not only born with Caudal Regression Syndrome, a disorder that prevents the spine and legs from developing in utero, but came out as trans when she was 15, and has let nothing stop her from following her dreams. She makes videos of her lip syncing to various Rupaul songs, and was invited to make a demo tape at Pudding Stone Studio to make a demo tape.
“ When I was younger I used to wish I was like other people. It took me a long time to learn to be proud of who I am.”- Piyah Martell
“I want to show people that even If you have a birth defect it doesn’t matter, you can live your life however you want.”- Piyah Martell
Alexis Nicole Whitney- A larger queen from Houston, Alexis Nicole Whitney was blinded after contracting a severe case of meningitis that damaged her ocular nerves. This happened at the beginning of her career, when she was 22, and has been performing since. Recently she was crowned All American Goddess 2017.
“People think they can’t do certain things because they’re too tall or too short or too fat or too skinny. I’m blind and I’m up here, so there’s no reason to let anything hold you back.” - Alexis Nicole Whitney
“If you SEE me, do not be afraid to approach me because I am looking forward to SEEING you.If you believe, you can achieve.” -Alexis Nicole Whitney
Sarah Palegic- A queer bio queen from Maryland, (a bio queen is a cisgender woman who dresses up and performs like a drag queen) Sarah Palegic is paralyzed from the waist down. She was in a car crash when she was 19, and received severe injuries that caused her to permanently lose the use of her legs. She has dealt with numerous cases of misogyny and ableism, but she uses drag as a way to deal with it, by not taking shit from anyone, and calling people out directly when they try to discriminate against her. She has not only been extremely successful, but “has become a matriarch in both the Boston and Providence drag communities.” (out.com)
“In drag, I can be sassy. It’s expected for me to be sassy as a queen. I’m allowed to say I don’t wanna talk about it right now. I have no problem doing that in drag.”- Sarah Palegic
“Drag is therapy”- Sarah Palegic
According to Urban Dictionary, sickening refers to when someone looks so good that it makes you physically sick. One of the key components to looking good, is feeling good on the inside, because if you love yourself, it will radiate through. I know it sounds super corny and the road to self-love is really hard, but a huge part of the success of these queens is their ability to embrace their flaws, and not letting it minimize your quality of life to the best of your ability. You are unique and sickening, and deserve the best life you can possibly have.