Microsoft has created the website equivalent to one of those carnival attractions that claims to be able to guess your age and weight. “How Old Do I Look” uses “state-of-the-art, cloud-based algorithms” to decipher human faces, guess their age, and taunt the gay community for eternity.
Gay Star Newsgave it a test run (and veered into dangerous territory) using photos of 18 gay icons. The results were a little off-base. The site guessed Christina Aguilera was 48 (14 years older than what it guessed for Cher!), Ellen was 64 (even with all that Cover Girl!?) and Madonna was 27 (it must have confused her with her boyfriends.)
I wanted to tinker with it, too, and I thought “What better way than to use Philly drag queens?!” That couldn’t get me into any trouble at all, right? It’s all fun and games, people, and Microsoft even admits that they’re still working to improve the feature. So without further adieu, Microsoft attempts to guess the ages of some of our most popular drag queens:
Microsoft guessed Brittany Lynn as 38. One of her most outgoing sequins just turned 14, apparently.
Martha Graham Cracker, 46
Ariel Versace, 17; special guest BibleGirl666, 30
Pissi Myles (top), 40; Mimi Imfurst, a fresh-faced 20
Microsoft didn't quite know how to figure out Pretty Girl's face.
Omyra Lynn, 36; The Goddess Isis 37; and Navaya Shay, 46.
Satine Harlow, 28
Maddy Milan, 31
Me (because it's only fair I do myself, too), 32; Tammy Faymous, 31
Lovebirds Lily St. Queer, 33; Mistor Fahrenheit, 27
This year’s Wing Bowl seemed to stir up a particularly hefty amount of criticism, mostly concerning its objectification of women. This didn’t escape Alexander Kacala, socialite, a former contributor to G Philly and, full disclosure, a personal friend of mine. So he decided to do something to turn the whole thing on its head: compete in 2016 as his long-retired drag persona Tammy Faymous.
“I think we can all agree that the annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia reeks of misogyny and homophobia,” he tells me. “So I took to social media to tell people I would compete as Tammy, and it was well received.” But then he thought he’d take it a step further: “Why not bring a bunch of drag queens together for a good cause and have them do what they do best, eat.”
His idea evolved into Wigs & Wings, where drag queens sponsored by Gayborhood businesses will pull up to a table and stuff their faces with chicken wings to raise funds for the William Way Community Center and MANNA, a local nonprofit that works to feed people in Philadelphia with life-debilitating diseases such as HIV and cancer.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found our first ladies to be infinitely more interesting than their fuddy-duddy ol’ husbands. But is there a First Ladies’ Day? Nooooo. So, in the spirit of compromise, I’ve rounded up this hilarious gallery of presidents transposed onto photos of their wives, and, in some cases, a few other feminine figures of their time. Have fun!
George Washington as Martha.
John Adams as Abigail.
Thomas Jefferson and ... Sally Hemings?
James Madison as Dolley.
Andrew Jackson working that cannon as Molly Pitcher.
Whistle, whistle, Franklin Pierce.
Abraham Lincoln as Mary Todd.
Andrew Johnson as Queen Victoria.
James Garfield as Lucretia.
Grover Cleveland as hilarious.
Benjamin Harrison as first wife Caroline.
William McKinley looking pretty.
William Howard Taft.
Woodrow Wilson looking a lot like Eleanor Roosevelt.
Gay Star News reports on Adam Guerra, a California drag queen and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, who underwent $75,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like his idol, Madonna.
“My name is Adam, and I am addicted to being Madonna. … I really challenge myself to look like her. I have had over 18 surgeries, I’ve spent $75,000 to look like her,” he says, saying half of his face is fake.
He also says he has spent around $75,000 (€66,000) on plastic surgery and $100,000 (€88,000) on costumes.
“With Madonna I saw who went from nothing to something, who was herself and didn’t care what anybody said about her,” Guerra says. “She was the one that everybody wanted to be.”
You can learn more about Guerra’s experience: He is the subject of the TLC documentary My Strange Addiction. See a clip below:
By now you’ve probably heard that Logo has finally told us when they’re going to air season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race: March 2nd at 9 p.m.!
There are also some exciting new details emerging, like the fact that Queer Eye For the Straight Guy‘s Carson Kressley and Chelsea Lately‘s Ross Matthews will join Michelle and Ru on the judges’ panel. And the lineup of celebrity guest judges is pretty rad: Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Kat Dennings, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Romijn, Santino Rice, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie, Rachael Harris, Lucian Piane and Merle Ginsberg. Whew!
To build hype, the new cast of season 7 will be coming to Philadelphia to host an evening of performance and an advance screening of the first episode. They’re be at the Trocadero on Tuesday, February 24th—exactly a week before the March 3 debut.
Philly rock band Wonder and Fury wanted a few queens for their latest music video, “Talk Talk Talk,’ so they called up Tabu to see if they could bring their cameras to one of the bar’s signature Sunday Drag Brunches in November. Of course, the queens were more than happy to oblige.
The video spans a whole afternoon of drag-brunching—from going backstage where the ladies are caking their faces with makeup to showing performance clips on Tabu’s tiny upstairs stage. Some of the gals who make an appearance are Brittany Lynn and her drag daughter Robyn, Crystal Electra and Maria TopCat.
“Talk Talk Talk” is from Wonder & Fury’s eponymous first EP, which you can listen to and buy here. See the video below:
A handful of film students at Temple University are set to screen a new documentary that takes a look at what it’s like to be a drag queen in Philadelphia.
The boy versions of three of the Gayborhood’s best known queens, Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles and Ariel Versace, are the subjects of Beneath the Makeup, which will screen this weekend at Tabu. In the work, producer James Stankunas tells me, the performers “educate and expose what really happens when the makeup comes off.”
“The overarching message,” he says, “is that drag queens live normal lives despite the shaved eyebrows and nights on the town in glitz and glamour … It was rather surprising to find out how different Philadelphia is from New York and other cities when it comes to the drag scene. Bryan Neel (Ariel Versace) points out that New York has more ‘fierce fishiness’ while Philadelphia is known for being more arty, comedic and borderline avant garde.”
Organizer Brittany Lynn says getting that many drag queens together was no easy feat. She started with over 100, but that number whittled down throughout the rehearsal process. “I got some of the craziest excuses,” she tells me. “Two queens called the night of the show to say they were in South Philly and couldn’t make it because it would take them two hours to walk to the Troc.”
Miss Fancy Brigade pauses near Broad and Washington. Photo courtesy of Wang Newton.
For the third year, Philly drag queens will return to the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. The Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee announced today that the Miss Fancy Brigade, led by Philly drag queen Brittany Lynn, will once again kick-off the parade, leading subsequent brigades along the new route. Instead of beginning in South Philly, the parade will kick off at City Hall, with judging taking place at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. From there, the brigades will march south along Broad Street to end at Washington Avenue.