Shania Twain has a message for drag queens: Let's go, girls!
The country music superstar revealed in a new interview with GLAAD that she draws inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community, especially drag queens.
"Drag shows are so fun. I've been to a couple of drag shows, big ones in Las Vegas. Obviously 'RuPaul's Drag Race,'" she said. "First of all, it takes a lot of courage. I mean, fashion in itself takes courage. You're taking on a lot."
The "You're Still the One" singer served as a guest judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" in 2018. She previously acknowledged that her hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" was inspired by drag queens she watched at gay bars.
"The ability to put their own makeup on and do such a beautiful job. I've learned a lot from drag queens. I watched their tutorials because no, I've never seen such transformation in some of these talents that their faces go through. … It's very impressive and their fashion, I don't know, I'm very inspired by it," she told GLAAD. "I think we need this inspiration; we need drag queens to share their talent with us."
Although drag queens have been fairly commonplace for decades, they've become a hot button issue over the past several years. Vice reports that at least 14 states — nearly all of them conservative-leaning — have proposed bills targeting drags shows. Tennessee is trying to ban drag shows all together.
In her 2011 memoir "From This Moment On," Shania explained her love of drag.
"Gay bars had the best dance music and the most impressive dressers," she wrote. "Being inexperienced at applying makeup, I marveled at how artistic and glamorous some of the men were. They looked so gorgeous, with features that had been defined and exaggerated with blushes, liners, shadows and accessories. My fascination with this initial introduction to men transforming themselves into beautiful women likely sowed the seed of inspiration for a song I would write years later: 'Man! I Feel Like a Woman.'"