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Shania Twain Says She's 'Inspired' by Drag Queens

Shania Twain
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As a historic artform endures unprecedented attacks, the country singer is expressing her love for the drag community.

Shania Twain is sticking up for the drag community.

In an interview with GLAAD, the country singer expressed her love of the artform, saying she "so admires the talent there," as well as the "courage" that drag queens show.

"Drag shows are so fun. I've been to a couple of drag shows, big ones in Las Vegas. Obviously RuPaul's Drag Race," she said. "First of all, it takes a lot of courage. I mean, fashion in itself takes courage. You're taking on a lot."

Twain once served as a guest judge on hit competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, and revealed that she draws fashion and makeup advice from drag queens. Saying she admires their "transformation" skills, Twain added that she's "inspired" by the drag community.

"The ability to put their own makeup on and do such a beautiful job. I've learned a lot from drag queens," Twain continued. "I watched their tutorials because no, I've never seen such transformation in some of these talents that their faces go through, It's very impressive and their fashion, I don't know, I'm very inspired by it."

As of mid-February, 2023, over 320 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were proposed in the United States, surpassing the total amount of 315 proposed in all of 2022. Over 30 bills this year specifically target drag performance, with some aiming to criminalize cases where minors are exposed to shows.

One of the most prominent bills, recently passed in the Tennessee House, would forbid drag shows from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, or places of worship. Failure to comply could result in a felony.

Critics say many of the anti-drag laws are too broadly written, and could lead to harassment against transgender people broadly, or criminalize their existing in public spaces.

As a historic artform endures unprecedented attacks, Twain instead wants to uplift the drag community and share their perspectives.

She said: "I think we need this inspiration; we need drag queens to share their talent with us."

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