Aquaria has arrived on the Met Gala red carpet, and she’s certainly doing the whole “Turning looks, stunting pretty / I’m the girl from New York City” thing justice…aside from being from Pennsylvania.
Wearing a cascading black silk gown, its ribboned layers falling down as if cut up by the gem-encrusted, manicured gloves tipping her fingers, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s 10th season topped off her look with an ultra-sculpted, whited-out wig with heavy three-quarter bangs and a super sharp ponytail flipped up, back, and around to stab any creep who dares to linger too long in front of her.
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Aquaria — whom legendy fashion bloggers Tom and Lorenzo are claim is the first drag queen to ever walk the Met Gala red carpet — certainly left her mark on the Costume Institute’s annual fundraiser………but is it camp?
On the one hand, she’s mixing a bunch of gaudy, ostentatious fabrics like fishnets and silk, which seems very much in line with the campy materials Susan Sontag describes in her seminal essay, “Notes on Camp,” which served as the inspiration for the 2019 Met Gala’s theme.
On the other hand, Aquaria’s definitely been way gaudier and way more ostentatious than this, so perhaps she just looks good, if not campy.
On the other other hand, who am I to decide if this is campy or not? I am but a lowly keyboard hag, and Aquaria? She’s a drag queen. If one of us knows what’s campy and what’s not, it’s the drag queen. Besides, who fucking cares! The bitch looks great, and that’s gotta be worth something.