Violet Chachki Talks Gender And Gets Pinup-Ready For Our November Beauty Opener

“It takes a strong bitch”

If you’re not already familiar with Violet Chachki, she’s definitely someone you should get to know. Not only is the drag icon the season seven winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she’s also the star of our November 2016 issue beauty opener.

Behind the scenes of the shoot, she talked to NYLON about the importance of challenging gender roles and what drag means to her. Chachki also discusses both the hardships and opportunities that drag presents. “All this fantasy really gives people the opportunity to express themselves,” she says. Of course, in true Chachki fashion, she said this while wearing the glitziest of makeup and the most insane nails.

Above, watch the video for an exclusive peek of Chachki as she gets pinup-ready for our shoot. You’ll find yourself inspired by her courage and confidence, as well as her killer looks. And believe us, if you haven’t rocked a glitter lip yet, you will now. 

Fashion Stylist: Phil Gomez
Makeup: Michael Anthony for M.A.C. Pro Cosmetics
Manicurist: Janine Lee for Floss Gloss LTD
Manicurist’s Assistant: Sonya Belakhlef
Wig Stylist: Violet Chachki
Beauty Editor: Jade Taylor