Friday, July 30, 2010

0050. Divine

Divine was the drag persona of the late Harris Glenn Milstead. Starring in many of John Water's 1970's "trash films", including her most famous Pink Flamingos, and the more mainstream Hairspray (now a famous Broadway musical), Divine went on to a music career before an untimely death at the age of 42. Divine was wild, freaky, and inspirational, and even today is an epic icon of drag queens, performance artists, and gender others.

Divine was only ever a part of my life as an icon– having been terrified to come within a few feet of John Water's trash films and being too young to fully appreciate her golden age– I knew her only as a musician (of sorts) and a drag idol.  Though I understand that this is not the scope of her career, by far, this music video pretty much sums up what Divine is for me:

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