It’s been three seasons since Violet Chachki broke onto the national stage in the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. After taking home the crown, the drag queen used her elevated stage to hone her genderfluid burlesque aesthetic and take her performance presence to an entirely new level.
In her new video, “A Lot More Me,” Chachki splits focus. The first half serves as a commentary on the hang ups portions of society still have with drag queens and queer people – misgendering, transphobia, and prejudice toward feminine men – and the initial scenes of the project even feature some intense escalator side-eye with Chachki and her mentor, the famed Dita Von Teese, known for her contemporary take on classic burlesque.
The second part of the video sees Chachki in full performance mode, twirling in rings and teasing with feathers. The song, “A Lot More Me,” is also on brand for Chachki, who once asked in a Drag Race confessional if she was being conceited. She was, but that’s a given at this point. Designers like Prada, Miu Miu, Michael Schmidt, and House of Canney shine throughout the video, costuming the vivid fantasy world. If Burlesque ever gets the sequel that nobody asked for, we demand Chachki be the dressing room bitch. Watch, below.