Category: drag

RuPaul & Elizabeth Taylor, 1993 Ph. Firooz Zahedi

Courtney Love dragged off the press podium backstage at the 12th annual MTV VMAs on September 7, 1995 in New York City, New York.
Photos by Catherine McGann.


Gavin Rossdale and his former male lover, British pop singer Peter “Marilyn” Robinson.

In his 1995 autobiography Take It Like A Man, Boy George wrote that in the 1980s Rossdale had an affair with the British singer Peter Robinson, a.k.a. Marilyn. Initially Gavin and Marilyn denied the story. Then in 2009, Marilyn confirmed it to InTouch magazine and said they had been “together five years” in the 1980s.

Marilyn also said, “Gavin and Gwen are perfect for each other, but he was the love of my life.” In 2010, Rossdale admitted to Details magazine that it had been an experimentation and “part of growing up”. 

In August 2015 after news of Gwen Stefani filing for divorce Marilyn said to Radar Online, “He called our relationship an experimentation, indiscretion of youth. Our experiment went on for five years! If you don’t live in your own truth, whatever it may be, how can you be happy? You’re not at peace with yourself.”

Carmen Miranda visits Mickey Rooney (in drag as Miranda) on the set of “Babes on Broadway” (1941)

(Original Caption) That’s Carmen Miranda and ‘Carmen Mirooney’. If you can take the hint from the latter name, you’ll guess who that is on the right. It’s none other than Mickey Rooney, all made up for his impersonation of the fiery Latin in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Babes on Broadway. When she heard that Mickey was doing the impression, she took time off from her own work in Week-End in Havana, at Twentieth Century-Fox and visited the box office king. Mickey was eager for the coaching she gave him during his number. ‘Already she (Mickey) is better than she (Miranda),’ says Carmen when Mickey tries to thank her for her help. It was one of the most difficult acts ever done by Mickey for a picture. He studied Portuguese with a tutor for two weeks, then took two hours to be made up for the role every morning.

Andy Warhol photographed by Christopher Makos, 1981.


Marilyn photographed by Herb Schulz for Stern Magazine, 1981.

Peter ‘Marilyn’ Robinson is a British cross-dressing singer who reached fame with his song “Calling Your Name” in the 1980s. Also known as a Blitz kid, his friendship with Boy George and relationship with Gavin Rossdale.

Boy George looking gorgeous; slaying the make-up game circa 1981

“Basically, one of the things that I discovered when I was a teenager is make-up and the power of transformation. I never looked back. Make-up for me is my mask, my protection.”