Filipino drag race queen and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Manila Luzon paid tribute to singer-artist, Madonna, on her 64th birthday on Tuesday (August 16).
Manila Luzon reposted a video clip posted on her YouTube account recreating Madonna’s famous music video, “Vogue,” which she did in time for last year’s celebration of New York City (NYC) Pride Month.
Vogue solidified Madonna’s place as a gay icon, and helped popularized ballrooom culture, or the underground pageants that Black and Latino drag queens did most famously in New York as a response to racism and sexism thrown at them at the time.
Fans of the drag race royalty couldn’t help but giggle at her tribute to the Queen of Pop.
“Jesus Christ!! That actually is @Madonna … You’re so talented!” one netizen pointed out.
Jesus Christ!! That actually IS @Madonna ... You’re so talented👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 -
I genuinely believed it was a throwback photo of her at first 🙈🤣
— VHairReviews (@ReviewsHair) February 28, 2021
“I love that you love Madonna. I love her too. @madonna we love you!” another one said.
I love that you love Madonna. ❤️ I love her too. @madonna we love you! ❤️❤️
— Derek Hille (@derekhillephoto) February 28, 2021
Meanwhile, Drag Race Philippines has officially commenced Tuesday (August 17), with the first two episodes available at the same time.
Singer Pops Fernandez and comedienne Pokwang were the first two guest judges for the first two episodes, with previews also showing that Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Nadine Lustre, and Pia Wurtzbach also sat in as judges.
POWER JUDGES 💯
LOOK: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Nadine Lustre, and Pia Wurtzbach will serve as guest judges on the first season of Drag Race Philippines which premiered tonight, August 17, 2022.
📸: World of Wonder pic.twitter.com/LpCOZu2nDp
— Manila Bulletin News (@manilabulletin) August 17, 2022
Actor and host Paolo Ballesteros is the official host and judge.
In an interview with Gay Times, Caliente revealed that it wasn’t easy being a judge for Drag Race Philippines.
“Michelle [Visage] said it was going to be hard, but she didn’t say it was going to be that difficult. She didn’t tell me that you’d get invested in the girls. No, she didn’t tell me that part,” Caliente said. “She wanted me to suffer as much as she did, I guess.”
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