This playful dress notwithstanding Baby YodaThe Mandalorian shirt. Chachki isn’t quite the campiest queen out there, but it’s still a concept that has permeated her entire career. In classic Sontag, bullet-point fashion, Chachki shares more about what camp means to her, how fashion is learning to take itself less seriously, and how it feels to attend her very first Met Gala.I come from is the drag world in Atlanta, and in the drag world we like to label a lot.
One of them is camp: you could be a look queen, you could be a pageant queen, you could be a dance queen, and you can be a camp queen Baby YodaThe Mandalorian shirt. Of course, all drag inherently is camp, but then there are “camp queens.” That was my first introduction to the terminology of camp, is older drag queens in my community in Atlanta being like, “Oh she’s camp. She’s nothing.” Where I come from, camp was kind of looked down upon because the drag queens that I grew up with took themselves so seriously The camp queens are the kind of queens that might call out bingo numbers, or they might be standup comedians, but that’s kind of where I got the terminology, where I first heard the word ‘camp’ as it pertains to aesthetics and performance.To the fashion world, a man in a dress will always be camp. But in the drag world, you have specific genres. So for me, for instance, I’m most categorized as a “look queen.” Even in Sontag’s essay it talks about how things are always in quotes, and that’s how people will address us drag queens, it will be “Okay ‘laaadies’ time for the show!” They say it in a way that is inherently camp, that alludes to the artifice of everything, and drag itself is about artifice and exaggeration and silhouettes and lines. It’s about exaggerating femininity.