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Artist Turns Powerful Political Figures Into Fabulous Drag Queens

Madame O' Sane, Vladdy Pushin', and Georgia Buchette.

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War Drags You Out is a photo series by artist Saint Hoax in which he takes the world's most controversial leaders, past and present, and transforms them into drag queens.

The inspiration to turn Saddam Hussein into "Madame O' Sane" came shortly after the artist attended his very first drag performance.

Hoax realized the recipe for a great drag queen – fierce persona, defining outfits, and "one hell of a PR team" – was eerily similar to the makings of a powerful political figure.

Hoax writes on his website:

The most controversial image of the series is one depicting King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia as "Queen Abby".

Queen Abby by Saint Hoax / Via sainthoax.com

"Shame to you who post the picture, just want to say those who are trying to disgrace by posting this kind of unacceptable picture about King Abdullah, you should know that king abdullah is a model leader to the arab world," wrote one user after the image was posted to Facebook.

You can see Saint Hoax's complete collection here.

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.

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