Nightlife Designer Introduces Family to Drag, Family Serves for the Gods

Hana Quist
Photography: Sam Gamberg

For many drag queens, work life and family life stay separate, but NYC nightlife personality and budding fashion designer Hana Quist wanted to close that gap. Over spring break, the Parsons student returned home and unveiled to her parents for the first time Hana Quist, the drag queen. She painted their faces and dressed them in scarlet gowns she designed herself, capturing together a series of incredible images, called Drag Family.

"I started playing around with drag in high school, then got serious when I left for college in NYC 2 years ago," Quist told OUT. "My parents were always involved and supportive, although a little confused. I wanted to unite my drag family and my biological family in a way that, sadly, a lot of people aren't able to."

She said her parents didn't hesitate to get into drag, though she recognizes this a privilege not many drag queens have. "I wish more people could be like my parents: a 50-year-old, straight, married couple from the suburbs who can put on false eyelashes and fake nails and have a fun family afternoon," Quist said. "I made all the clothing and had worn it out in drag, so it was amazing to see my parents wearing the same thing I'd worn."

See more from Hana Quist's Drag Family on Instagram.

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