The fashionable folks over at Hint magazine recently compiled some amazingly awesome images of 19th century men dressed in drag.
Now, we’re not 100 percent convinced that some of these images haven’t been photoshopped, but they look pretty darn legit. Either way, we love them. There’s something absolutely fabulous about a man from the gay ’90s dressed in full-on Victorian lady garb.
Of course, men dressing in women’s clothing has been going on pretty much since the dawn of time, with reports of “cross-dressing” dating as far back as ancient Rome. Although, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the term “drag queen” came into popular use.
According to some sources, the exact origin of the term “drag queen” is unclear, but it could derive from Elizabethan slang (quean referring to a strumpet), or from the fact in the early 20th century, female impersonators were a common entertainment act at extravagant “drag balls,” which served as a precursor to the drag shows that would later become associated with gay bars and nightclubs around the time of the World Wars.
Scroll down to see some O.G. 19th century drag queens serving all kinds of fierceness to the camera.