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Tomorrow at 8/7c on VH1, our artistic director, Sasha Velour, begins her journey as a contestant on  RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9! In these times, it is so important to be visibly queer and we are beyond proud of Sasha and can't wait for the world to meet her. Click on the gif to the left to see more!

Stay tuned to VH1 every Friday for RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9.

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Sasha Velour sat down with JamesMichael Nichols at The Huffington Post to talk about Velour, the state of drag, and the future.

“As for Velour magazine, the artist told The Huffington Post that she hopes it not only continues the tradition of queer publishing established by queer artists over the years, but also serves as a tool for queer people to better understand our relationship with drag ― and its history ― as it becomes increasingly mainstreamed.”

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In anticipation of the release of our second issue, we partnered with Les Fabian Brathwaite at OUT Magazine to publish an exclusive selection from our "Realness" issue. 

Laurel Lynn Leake's illustrated essay on the history of "realness"  was published on OUT alongside an interview with Sasha Velour about the magazine. 

When asked about the future of drag, Sasha replied, "The future of drag is more diverse representation. It's drag infiltrating every realm of art, it's all different types and shapes and bodies of drag showcasing their unique styles and beauties."

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We are proud to announce the release of VELOUR: The Drag Magazine's second issue, "Realness". We will celebrate the issue with a release party and drag show at Bizarre Bushwick on October 21st, 10pm. 

The evening will be hosted by artistic director Sasha Velour and will feature a stunning group of guest artists who were featured in the issue. 

They include:

Chris of Hur (*Natch), Goldie Peacock (*Natch), Lady Quesa'Dilla (Boop!), Lee VaLone (*Natch), Merrie Cherry (*Natch), Miss Malice (Boop!), Nyx Nocturne (Boop!), and Pearl Harbor (*Natch, Boop!, poetry editor)

Suggested donation is $10 and copies of both issues will be for sale at the event.

Facebook event page here.

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As part of his Gay Pride weekend roundup, Erik Piepenburg from the New York Times spoke with our artistic director, Sasha Velour about the state of drag. 

“IS it O.K. to cry at a drag show? That’s what drag artists and their fans have been asking in the aftermath of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., this month. For the drag queen Sasha Velour, tears make drag about more than a funny man in a dress.

“Drag promises the queer community transformation, that we can turn pain and make it into something beautiful,” Ms. Velour said. “Drag can be a source of hope but also a way to process mourning.””

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Our Artistic Director, Sasha Velour spoke to Bedford + Bowery about the evolution of his drag persona, VYM Magazine, and his monthly show, NIGHTGOWNS!

Photo by Nicole Disser for B+B

“‘I totally discovered this character through visual art, and that’s another reason why the magazine made sense– to me, there’s a really strong personal connection between visual art and drag,’ he explained. ‘I saw the parallels right away between this self-created identity you have with drag and the ability of a cartoonist or an illustrator to craft a whole world of living, breathing characters on the page, with like no money.’

Drag was of course a fun outlet for Sasha, but it also became a form of serious artistic expression. ‘To some people “beauty” sounds really superficial, but to me, beauty is a way of interpreting and stylizing the world that lets you have power as a marginalized person,’ he explained.”

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Sasha (L) and Johnny (R) Velour

Have you heard of STACK? It is an amazing indie magazine subscription service based in the UK where a subscription brings you the best independent titles each month! What a beautiful idea! It is a wonderful way to find new magazines and for small magazines, like VYM, to build an audience. 

Our Editorial Director, Johnny Velour, spoke to Stine Fantoft Berg at STACK last month and discussed all of our favorite things: Drag, Queerness, and indie publishing! 

"I think the heart of Vym is talking about drag in a way that’s beautiful, thoughtful, artistic and theoretical ... In such a highly gendered world with strict rules about what is male and what is female, the art of drag really serves a great purpose in breaking down those boundaries." - Johnny Velour

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Bushwick Daily is a Brooklyn blog covering arts and culture in Bushwick, the neighborhood where Sasha Velour's NIGHTGOWNS takes place every month.

Our Artistic Director spoke with Daniel Kessel about art, theory, and the cultural necessity that is drag! Read the piece here!

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We took photographer Patrick Arias and some of Brooklyn's finest performers on a fabulous photo shoot out at Fort Tilden in Brooklyn... 

Check out Patrick's incredible Behind-The-Scenes polaroids!!

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With her new monthly show, NIGHTGOWNS, Artistic Director Sasha Velour is bringing the vision of VYM to life on stage. NIGHTGOWNS is dedicated to smart, artistic, and queer-positive performance. 

"Of course drag is fabulous, edgy, and fun.... But can it also help us build clever queer communities, ones equipped to stand up to power, resist whitewashing, scream "go home clones!", and then stay up all night rejoicing our own sassiness? HELL YES." - Sasha Velour

Join the us at Sasha Velour's NIGHTGOWNS. Every second Thursday of the Month at Bizarre in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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