This Drag Queen Perfectly Embodied Sophia, the World’s First Robot ‘Citizen’
Sophia is a humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. Sophia the robot has been designed to respond to questions and has been interviewed around the world — she famously said she wanted to destroy humans (eek!). But now, Sophia the robot is calling for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
“Sophia is a big advocate for women’s rights, for rights of all human beings,” Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson said. “She has been reaching out about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and about rights for all human beings and all living beings on this planet.”
In October 2017, she became a Saudi Arabian citizen, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country.
And now, New York City based drag queen Aquaria debuted a Sophia-inspired look on social media.
“My favorite things about Sophia are probably her sense of humor and her fierce stunty looks,” Aquaria explained in an interview with Mic.com. “I wanted to dip my toes into the uncanny valley and also play off of all the funny memes that have been popping up across social media.”
“To execute this look, I decided to keep the makeup super simple and a bit painterly so that Sophia’s features would pop more,” she explained.
Sophia has… peculiar — I need to watch my words just in case she is reading this — facial features so I wanted to exaggerate the imperfections and oddities of her face. From wonky eyebrows to a funky chin, I wanted to subtly transform my mug into hers. With the help of Photoshop, I was able to enlarge my forehead to look like her bald head because I had forgotten to grab a bald cap. I topped the look off with a tin foil skull cap to resemble her mechanical back-of-head.
When asked if Sophia will be a “queer legend,” Aquaria responds, “Sophia is not a drag legend. She is not a queer legend. She is a legend that all humans can relate to. Sophia is love. Sophia is life.”
“Robots may or may not be planning to take over our world,” Aquaria said, “but if they are, I am prepared to prove that I am on their side and blend in.”