Victory Rhyder (@victoryrhyder)

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Drag queens no longer exist in the hidden corners of society. Thanks to TV shows, social media, and the explosion of drag events from themed brunches to bingo, drag queens have been popularized in the mainstream media. A drag queen is a person, usually male, who wears fancy drag clothes and exaggerated makeup to imitate the female gender signifiers and gender roles for entertainment purposes. Drag queens express themselves through fashion and beauty. Many drag queens partake in the activity for several reasons ranging from self-expression to performance for entertainment purposes. There are many different types of drag queens as they vary by type, culture, and dedication. Victory Rhyder is a San Francisco based drag queen and music artist. She has made it big the drag world and is quite successful with her music.

Victory has made quite a name for herself as a drag queen. Drag is the most misunderstood art form in the world. People don’t realize it but it is so much more than just dressing up. Drag queens dress in exaggerated costumes and makeup for their performances. Their makeup is drawn to accentuate features that can put an extra effect on their performance. Drag is somewhere where glamour meets art. Victory proves it with her style and her makeup. Over the years, she has mastered the art for the most stunning drag makeup. Not only this, but her fashion style is not only creative and interesting, but it is also very trendy. There are no rules in drag. People are allowed to do whatever they want to do. Drag represents people who are often marginalized and misunderstood by their family and society. These people are hyper-creative but are often put to the side. Platforms such as social media now allow these individuals to express themselves. Victory also took to Instagram to show her creative side to the world. Social media allowed her to be seen. From costume making and makeup talent to performing arts skills, Victory has a lot to show to the world. Victory’s presence on social media allows other drag queens to be confident about themselves. She has made acceptance mainstream and relaxed. She is adored in the community. It’s through her that people can understand and appreciate drag better.

Victory has also proven her talent in the music world. She has a great voice which is listened to and heard by many. She released her debut album ‘Road to Victory’ in 2020 and has since released songs with several renowned LGBT icons including Aja (Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3), Delli Boe (Viral TikTok star and rapper), Mickey Taylor (Queer Music Artist) and more. Her latest song called “Icy” featuring Aja from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The music video for the song was sponsored by the famous clothing brand “Dollskill”. In a short span of time, the song has garnered over 6.7k views on YouTube. Drag has been Victory’s way of standing out. Not only is she talented, but she also has an aesthetic to provide something unique. For Victory, drag music is not a niche or novelty category but with her music, she wants to prove how drag music is just as valid as mainstream music.

Nowadays, drag is becoming more and more commercial. It is moving away from its historic concept of gender parody. People like Victory have ensured that drag allows people to express themselves and make sure that people embrace the idea of fluid gender. Victory remains very active on social media, especially on Instagram where she can be seen posting her fierce makeup looks. Not only this, but her trendy outfits offer inspiration to many. People can follow her on Instagram at @victoryrhyder.

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