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Manila Luzon Proves That Drag Queens Make Better Role Models Than Princesses

“Once I got up on the stage and I saw her singing and being herself, that cheered me [on] to just be myself, let me go, and dance and have fun.”

1. In September, a mother wrote an essay on Huffington Post that she thought drag queens were better role models for her children than princesses.

“When it comes down to it, I respect drag queens,” she wrote. “They are artists. They are able to conceptualize an idea and transform themselves — without the help of magic, I might add. They are risk takers. They are punk. But Disney princesses? They are a man-made franchise created to sell cheaply made shit to our daughters. They are a perpetuation of the stereotype of the weak, dumb woman who obediently waits for a man to come along and make her valuable. Between the two I’ll always promote the big-wigged man crooning ‘I’m Every Woman.’ Werq.”

2. So Fusion set up a play date with Manila Luzon from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Joselyn, a 10-year-old girl.

3. They started by hanging out at the playground.

4. Joselyn was so excited!

5. Manila gave Joselyn some great advice:

6. Yep, seems like Manila’s a pretty good role model.

7. And then, naturally, they went to a drag show.

8. Where they performed.

10. Manila Luzon: Best Role Model Ever.

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