Victoria Sin has been doing drag as a cisgendered woman for three years now and is often met with a bit of derision and a lot of questions.
Photographer Pepo Fernandez
“Often people start with the assumption that I’m impersonating a man impersonating a woman, however my wider point is that drag shouldn’t really be considered female impersonation at all, as this assumes that femininity is natural to women,” Sin says.
Victoria is part of a generation of drag artists branching away from drag which simply reproduces gender stereotypes, intending instead to question the constructed nature of the gendered society we live in.
“Femininity is something that most people have struggled with at some point,” Sin says. “In heteronormative society, if you identify as a woman you’ve been measured against those who perform it ‘successfully’ and to a Western beauty ideal. If you identify as a man you might have your sexuality brought into question if you show too much of an inclination towards self grooming. Regardless, femininity is something which is policed in culture; the laws of which are set by media representations, which are enforced by people around you.”
Pepo Fernandez visits Victoria in the intimate space of her room as she transforms into her drag persona, photographing imagery that explores the artifice of femininity within a narrative that has lead to produce analogue prints with several artists studying gender through performance.