Five drag queens to inspire your Mardi Gras look tonight! 

With the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade kicking off tonight we felt it necessary to share our favourite drag entertainers to inspire your impossibly fabulous Mardi Gras looks. Remembering that the purpose of the event is to celebrate the hard won rights of the queer community across Australia, the event is an important reminder to be exactly who you are, even if that takes on the form of a stupendous drag queen who wears nothing but sass and self-determination (combined with some outrageous sparkly shoes). Below is a list of 5 drag superstars that all amaze in the best way possible. Check out their instagram profiles for fierce inspiration for tonight’s look and keep an eye on our insta -story tonight as we join the party!

Written by Sophia Rambaldni


Born, Rupaul Andre Charles, this fierce American cross-dresser has had a highly successful career in the Arts, rising to international drag stardom after releasing the hit song “Supermodel (You Better work)”, from his 1993 album, Supermodel of the World. More recently however, Rupaul has been hosting and producing the hit drag queen reality show, Rupaul’s Drag Race, for which he received an Emmy. This drag deity has shown no signs of slowing down. He is one of the most talented drag stars the world has ever seen.

Follow Ru Paul on Instagram:  @rupaulofficial


Kim Chi was the breakout star of Season 8 of Ru Paul’s drag race. With extraordinarily conceptual makeup looks combined with fashion influenced costumes, the avante garde performance became a hit with audiences. Kim Chi shows us how inspirational drag makeup can be!

Follow Kim Chi on Instagram:  @kimchi_chic


Australian Shane Gilberto Jenek is better known as his alter ego stage name, Courtney Act. Courtney entered Australian Idol as a flirty female in 2003, and ultimately made it to the semi-finals. Following her appearance in the national singing competition, Courtney signed a ground breaking record deal as her drag persona and released her own official solo single called “Rub Me Wrong” in 2004. After relocating to the states, Courtney made a name for herself in LA and featured in Season 6 of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Her style is pure glamour. 

Follow Courtney Act on Instagram:  @courtneyact


An icon in the Australian drag scene, Dallas has pioneered the line where fashion meets drag meets high end performance art. She has influenced many of the younger drag acts and is known for her super original performances and out of the box approach.

Follow Dallas Dellaforce on Instagram:  @dallasdellaforce


This dark Queen interprets drag beauty a little differently to most. Her macabre name: Sharon Needles (obviously a play on the words sharing needles) goes some way to describe her unusual interpretation of what it means to be a queen – gelastic gothic glamour. that has the capacity to both repulse and delight,

Follow Sharon Needles on Instagram:  @sharonneedlespgh