Refinery 29: Crystal

I shot portraits of Crystal aka Tom Rasmussen for Refinery 29, for the piece Inside My Makeup Bag: Drag Queen Edition. “In my makeup bag is the hardware which allows me to finally live my childhood fantasies. In my makeup bag is a lifeline to an expression of my gender that saved my life – that saves so many people’s lives. In my makeup bag is a history book, connecting me to the radical queens, queers, butch dykes and trans folk who fought for me to be able to paint my face the way I want to paint it. In …

Photograph or portrait of a drag queen with their mum by Holly Falconer

Portraits of drag queens & their mums for Refinery 29

I photographed portraits of some dreamy drag queens and their mothers for Refinery 29, and Amelia Abraham wrote a brilliant piece interviewing everyone – read the article here. “…Finn’s drag look is a unique one: he plays with porcelain makeup, coiffed hair and corsets, and “things that aren’t necessarily gendered, like kilts, berets or a ruff.” Unlike Amrou, Finn is able to talk to his mum, Jennifer, about his love of drag. She doesn’t see it as Finn “dressing up as a woman, per se – more as a work of art.” Jennifer says Finn’s always been extreme, always questioning, …