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The Year of Sasha Velour A reformation of drag, visual art & film in popular culture

As the season 9 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, Sasha Velour (who reached 1.1M followers on Instagram this year) has continued to bring drag into the future at full-speed through performance, fashion, design and film, utilizing her platform to showcase queer, trans and non-binary drag performers from all backgrounds.

Photo by Tanner Abel | Dragon by Diego Montoya | Jewelry by ISLY | Dress by Kristi Siedow

SASHA VELOUR'S NIGHTGOWNS

Before even taking the crown, Sasha was known as the producer and star of the monthly Brooklyn drag theatre show, Nightgowns, dedicated to exceptional drag performers of all kinds. This year, the show has grown tremendously at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and for the first time, travelled to packed houses in both Los Angeles and London, exposing thousands of fans to forms of drag not seen on TV.

VELOUR: THE DRAG MAGAZINE

Sasha co-founded Velour in 2015, a magazine that celebrates the art of drag through visual art, poetry, and interviews. Now with 3 issues and a collected hardcover book, the magazine has become a staple in the queer art world.

MORE highlights:

Sasha Performs more than 100 Shows Around the World

Sasha Velour toured all around the world this year with sold-out shows across North America, Australia, the U.K. and South America.

VOGUE hails Sasha Velour as "Fashion Royalty"

"Some of [Sasha's] most memorable looks this season could have been pulled from the runways at Chanel, Margiela, or Prada." - Vogue

Named a "New American Monarch" by NPR

"A lot of people still have the idea that drag goes from one end of the gender spectrum to the other end of the gender spectrum, and they expect drag queens to be masculine out of drag and hyper-feminine in drag. I think that portrays a lot of binary thinking and ultimately a lot of misogyny. I hope people appreciate that drag always has been more about the blurriness of gender rather than these two extremes." - Sasha Velour on NPR, June 2017

Kesha Hails Sasha's Breathtaking Performance of "Praying"

Sasha Velour blew people’s minds on the War on Catwalk Tour in Summer 2017, performing Kesha’s track "Praying" around the country. Kesha took to Twitter to gush over the stunning performance.

DragCon NYC 2017 & "The Reign of Sasha Velour"

Sasha exhibited at DragCon NYC with record-breaking success following her win; The New York Times called her "the convention’s Space Mountain". Her Nightgowns show in honor of DragCon sold out within 10 minutes and Logo produced a mini-documentary discussing her life since the show and how she continues to expand the culture of drag within the mainstream.

Featured in #OUT100

Sasha Velour was named by OUT Magazine one of the most influential LGBTQ people of 2017, the only drag queen to make the list.

Google Enlists Sasha to Create Google Doodle in honor of Marlene Dietrich's Birthday

Sasha introduced new audiences to Marlene Dietrich with her iconic "Snatch Game" impersonation of the German singer and actress. In December 2017, Google enlisted Sasha to create the Google Doodle in honor of Marlene Dietrich's 116th birthday. The artwork appeared on Google's homepage in multiple countries around the world.

Sasha Velour Becomes First RuPaul's Drag Race Winner to Host "Meet the Queens" on VH1

For Drag Race Season 10 "Meet the Queens," Sasha sat down with each contestant, offering an exclusive opportunity to chat with the reigning queen about drag and filming the show.

Sasha Gives a Peek into Her Closet in Logo's "Out of the Closet" series

Sasha Velour gave a peek into her gag-worthy closet, drag design sketchbook and life as the reigning queen of Rupaul's Drag Race.

Sasha reaches 1M Followers on Instagram

In April 2018, Sasha became one of the few drag queens to reach this milestone. She's experienced the fastest follower growth of any RuPaul's Drag Race contestant.

The Debut of 'One Dollar Drags'

Co-directed, produced and written by Velour, "Pirate Jenny” is the first installment of One Dollar Drags, a six-part anthology of short films that celebrates drag in its many forms, with each standalone short filmed in a different genre. Released May 2018.

Drag Superstar Sasha Velour Premieres 'One Dollar Drags' - PAPER

Sasha Velour on the “Queer Fairy Tale” in Her New Film Anthology - Vanity Fair

Sasha Velour's Newest Film Project Celebrates the True Diversity of Drag - them.

Sasha Velour Gives an Intimate Look at the Making of "Pirate Jenny" and Talks Pushing Drag Into New Directions - Teen Vogue

Sasha Velour's Nightgowns takes London & LA for the First Time

NIGHTGOWNS L.A. at The Ace Hotel Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles (May 9, 2018)
Nightgowns London at The Clapham Grand Theatre (May 7, 2018)

Fans in Los Angeles and London finally got a chance to experience Sasha Velour's Nightgowns for the first time in their city. The cast performed for packed theaters and garnered major praise from attendees. Press in attendance included Billboard Magazine, PopSugar, Attitude Magazine, INTO and more.

Sasha Velour Slays DragCon LA 2018

Photo by Tanner Abel | Art Direction by Sasha Velour | Look by Florence D'Lee, Nancy the Girl, Tyler Wallach Studio, ISLY
Photo by Tanner Abel | Look by Diego Montoya | Moth by Katharine Heyl, Kelsey Short
Photo by Tanner Abel | Gown/Headpiece by Gonoway | Bird Sculpture by REDAGGIO

Sasha worked hand-in-hand with her favorite collaborators to create three heart-stopping DragCon looks for Spring 2018 in Los Angeles. She also released new pins and t-shirts, a mini collection with Print All Over Me, and a limited preview of the collected Velour book (which sold out immediately).

Sasha designs all of her own books and products with an exacting eye. She is one of the only drag performers in the world who designs their own merchandise.

Sasha Takes Part in Instagram's #RoleModel Pride Campaign

Sasha surprised LGBTQ influencer and advocate, Alok V. Menon as their role model for an inspiring discussion on queer visibility in media.

Sasha Speaks at Teen Vogue Summit 2018

Sasha joined Philip Picardi, Chief Content Officer for Teen Vogue & them. at the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit to talk the politics of drag and empowering young people to vote.

Sasha Headlines Pride Island Festival in NYC

Sasha Velour headlined Pride Island Festival in New York alongside Kylie Minogue, Lizzo and Tove Lo.

Teen Vogue Names Sasha "the Queer Royal We Deserve"

Teen Vogue caught up with Sasha at the Teen Vogue Summit to talk the power of the LGBTQ community and knowing your history.

Sasha chats with Entertainment Weekly about the future of drag

PEOPLE Magazine features Sasha's "Alien Eve" Look featured on the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race

For press inquiries, contact Robert Soares at robert@witchhousepr.com.

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