A tribute to the groundbreaking drag icons who helped pave the way for the queens of today
Drag has officially transcended the underground and exploded into the mainstream. Queens have more visibility than ever, and it’s been hard won through decades of perseverance, imagination, and intergenerational support within local drag communities. It’s time to honor the queens who paved the way for the new generation of drag and are still carrying out their work today.
To create Legends of Drag, a photo book and archive of living drag history, authors Harry James Hanson and Devin Antheus traveled coast to coast, visiting 16 cities to meet 80 legendary entertainers who shared boundless wisdom and powerful anecdotes from their lives. These queens are featured in stunning portraits shot on location and styled with unique floral elements.
About the Author
Harry James Hanson is a genderqueer artist, creative director, and lifelong drag performer based in Brooklyn. For the past five years they have run a commercial photography studio, and their independent work has been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Vice, and Dazed, among others. Devin Antheus is a floral stylist, spirit worker, and writer who lives in San Francisco. They are the founder of Temple of Dionysos, which hosts regular public rituals in the Bay Area. They teach classes on floral design, ancient Mediterranean mystery traditions, and queer spiritualities. Their writing has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the New Inquiry, through Contagion Press, and the astrology app Co—Star. They are co-editor of the anthology Queer Ultraviolence (Ardent Press).