This Talented Artist Makes Barbie Dolls Into Your Favorite ‘Drag Race’ Queens
Dolls and Drag Race — is there any better combination? Just ask Lil’ Poundcake. Or, if you’d prefer to ask an actual human being, try Mark Jonathan. Over the last year, artist and doll collector has been making Drag Race Barbie dolls. And they’re amazing.
Appropriately enough, one of his first “RuPaints” was Trixie Mattel.
Though Jonathan is adept at repainting and restoring dolls — his YouTube channel is proof of that — his RuPaints are particularly fun. And the queens agree. When Jonathan did Naomi Smalls, she crowed on Instagram about how great his work was:
Jonathan works with his mother on the dolls. He tells Buzzfeed News that while his mother’s always loved drag queens, working on the dolls has turned her into a big Drag Race fan. For example, on the Naomi Smalls doll, his mom helped with the plastic dress.
In his daily life, Jonathan is a graphic designer. Totally makes sense, right? It’ll make even more when you see the box he mocked up for the Trixie doll: