There’s drag, and then there are lewks, hunty. A drag queen is, well, a drag queen. I’m assuming you know that means female impersonation, often with exaggerated mannerisms, voices, sass, makeup, costumes and all around tomfoolery.
“Lewks,” on the other hand, are more diverse. They range from dressing up like horrific monsters (as in the Boulet Brothers’ web series Dragula) to dressing up like genderless, intergalactic space creatures. But lewks don’t always have to be crazy and genderless. You can of course be a man who does “boy lewks.”
Lewks that aren’t focused specifically on female impersonation — genderless lewks — may indeed be the future of drag.
A prime example of this is Sasha Velour, the winner of this past season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Velour’s lewks are absolutely stunning, and her lip syncing skills incredible. Nevertheless, I don’t think a queen like her could have won during the show’s inception nearly a decade ago. She would have been deemed too “weird” and “different.” I believe her creativity and artistry would have likely been overlooked.
But now the weirdos of drag are having their damn heyday, coming up in mainstream drag. Also in this past season of Drag Race, there was a club kid couture challenge, where the queens gave their fiercest club kid runway lewk. There we got to see a different side of queens like Trinity Taylor, who typically pulls incredibly fishy lewks. In this challenge, her club kid lewk (in my humble opinion) was by far the best and revealed a new and brilliant side to her artistry as a drag performer. (FYI, this was also the infamous episode where Valentina refused to take off her mask during the lip sync.)
So here are 17 queer men on Instagram who are part of the drag revolution. They are pulling some of the most incredible genderless lewks out there. You will def want to follow them!
1. Matte Finish
2. Axel Andrews
3. Finn Love
4. Luke Harris
5. Marco Punk
7. Ryan Burke
9. Ryan Welch
10. Jordan Stawecki
11. Zachary Zane
12. Joshua Hubbard
NOT THE GUM DROP BUTTONS! 📸@dan_mateus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #zanex #hausofneuroscience #bioking #sfx #sfxmakeup #clubkid #dragking #dragcreature #dragmonster #clubclown #spaceclown #specialeffectsmakeup #monstermakeup #gayprovidence #egopvd #kingofcreatures #mehron #morphe #nyx #gingerbreadman #gingerbreadmanmakeup #christmas #christmasinjuly #christmasmakeup #gumdropbuttons #doyouknowthemuffinman #candymakeup #candyking #candyman #candyshop
15. Rify Royalty
16. Phallic Cunt
17. Eggz Benedict
Featured image of @rify_royalty