Back Cover Art and Katya Blurb, Bitches!!!

Posted on December 13, 2019

Kittens, it’s time once again for your big gay pals T Lo to remind you about our beautiful, precious, queer-af baby on the way. We showed you the front cover long ago and then ran down who each of the carefully chosen legends on the front cover actually were here and here. When our editor at Penguin (the utterly flamazing Elda Rotor, by the way) told us there was room on the cover to add a couple more legends, we responded almost immediately with our picks. We knew exactly who we wanted and why we wanted them.

 

Up on the left is the legendary Hector Xtravaganza, former grandfather of the House of Xtravaganza, who passed away almost exactly a year ago. We realized our cover did not have enough representation of the ball scene and we also wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a non-drag legend. Hector helped define the ballroom scene as we know it and his iconic tuxedo ballgown inspired Billy Porter’s jawdropping look at the Oscars last year, designed by Christian Siriano.

 

 

And he inspired one of our very favorite parts of the whole book.

As for who the screaming queen on the lower right is, it could only be none other than the singular and legendary Lypsinka. The reason we wanted to include her so badly? She is, quite simply, our all-time favorite drag artist (she does not prefer the term “drag queen”) and when it came time to write about her and her place in drag history, we realized she sits at the very center of modern drag and is one of the most influential drag performers of all time. We can tell you that when we were in the weeds of writing and researching this book, we must have watched this video a thousand times to inspire us:

 

 

That is, quite simply, drag at its best.

AND! To that fabulous blurb by the legendary Michael Musto on the back cover, you can add the one we just got today from our favorite Drag Race queen of all time, Katya Zamolodchikova:

 

“As a longtime, devoted reader and admirer of Tom and Lorenzo’s writing, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the best reality television show ever made on Planet Earth (RuPaul’s Drag Race). I adore Legendary Children, not just because I am in it, but for its thoroughly entertaining catalogue of television, drag and queer history.”

—Katya Zamolodchikova, co-author of Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood

 

 

Girl, we just about died. You should totally pre-order Katya and Trixie’s book! Right after you pre-order ours (HERE IS THE LINK RIGHT HERE JUST CLICK FOR GOD’S SAKE), that is.

Katya, we love you, girl, but we gotta pay our telephone bills, you know?

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