Don’t let the smooth taste fool you, baby, this queen comes with fashion, beauty, and brains. Condragulations are in order for the newly crowned RuPaul’s Drag Race winner and now drag legend, Symone. Making history in more ways than one, the Ebony Enchantress paired her crown not only with impeccable style, humor, and flair but with an unwavering message of Black excellence.
Let’s face it, very few queens have the power to pull off a Harriet Tubman look, but then again not everyone is Symone. I mean, this is the person whose werkroom first impression look was made up entirely of polaroids of herself. Right from the get-go this Arkansas-born, Los Angeles-based artist was not afraid to send shockwaves with her fashion. With designs powerful enough to send you into cardiac arrest, the Ebony Enchantress gracefully found a way to use drag as a way to empower and educate about Black culture. For instance, in episode four for the trains challenge, she stepped out in a dramatic, long blue durag designed by Stylist Marko Monroe.
This fusion of cultures was one example of how effortless standing out from the competition proved to be for her. “[Durags] remind me of home and my family,” Symone says. “I knew everyone was going to do the traditional train, and I didn’t want to do that.” Time after time, every look continued to show originality and a versatility previously unfounded in the world of drag. According to Deadline, this season of RuPaul’s Drag race was the number one most watched cable program of 2021 and had a premiere episode that was the most-watched in franchise history. Now we’re not saying anything but it can’t be a coincidence that Symone’s record-breaking reign began at the same time. She won the first two maxi-challenges back-to-back (she would go on to win two more) and she became the first queen to ever survive seven lip syncs, breaking the record of six lip sync wins previously held by Trinity the Tuck since All Stars 4. Can you spell q-u-e-e-n?
The formula for success, Symone states, comes in three points: “I wanted to have fun; I wanted people to be like, “That’s a Symone look,” I didn’t want to ever look like anyone else; and I also wanted to say something.”
When it came to the Fascinating Fascinators competition, Symone proved what it meant to be an all together fashionista, performer,and political activist. In an angelic ensemble that referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, bloody bullet holes and “Say Their Names” was etched on her backside. Every single look throughout the competition managed to have this simultaneous effect of being both meticulously beautiful but having a larger purpose in mind.
Using her voice through her looks was a regular occurrence for this queen. When she wasn’t making us crack a rib from her stellar acting challenges, she was letting her clothes do the talking. “I love communicating through clothes,” says Symone. “I’ve always loved fashion, especially in Black culture, so I love molding those things together and really finding my own voice through it.” From African-inspired beaded braids to a Marie Antoinette-inspired black and white bandana dress by Marco Marco, culture wasn’t lost among her larger than life creations. Instead, it was rooted in it— in impactful yet tasteful looks that blurred the worlds between fashion and drag. Stylist, Marko Monroe noted this design choice, saying “drag can be over the top but we also want things to be timeless.” This impressionable, first of its kind season, no doubt gave drag a larger purpose and set the stage for a new genre of unapologetic queens to rise. Even Symone herself can’t believe “[she] fucking did that”
Monroe made his name as Lizzo’s stylist but has admitted it’s Symone herself that has been his true muse. Both members of the House of Avalon, the queer collective co-founded by Monroe, the duo have bonded on an artistic and emotional level. With Symone having modeled for his debut collections and Monroe designing her RuPaul’s Drag Race looks we can’t help but hope what this could mean for the future of fashion. Drag queens once famously graced the runway for Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, but in recent years have become a rarity. There’s already been talk of Symone possibly appearing in Rihanna’s annual Savage X Fenty show, should we keep our fingers crossed for the rest of Fashion Week? The impact of Symone will soon become known, with no rest in sight, the crowned queen says, “I want to take on everything—I want to see the fans, I want to go on tour, I want to act, I want to rule the world!”
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