PHOTOS: That Time F. Scott Fitzgerald Auditioned For “RuPaul’s Drag Race”


Before he served up some of the 20th century’s greatest literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald was serving fish.

AccordIng to Vintage Everyday, the photos are from 1916. The above glamor shot appeared in The New York Times to publicize the Princeton’s Triangle Club musical, The Evil Eye!, for which the Times lauded Fitz as “the most beautiful” show girl in the whole production.


And is it any wonder? Ms. Fitzgerald knew exactly what she was doing. Look at that soignee neck. That delicate shoulder. We wonder what her drag name was…The Great Gagsby? Tender S. DeKnight? Benny Button? Zelda?

For reference, here’s Fitz out of drag:


Not bad, if we do say so ourselves, though he does bear a striking resemblance to Frida Kahlo in drag (center):


A handsome woman if there ever was one.

(h/t: Buzzfeed)

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One Comment

  • Rdhowell71

    I am always a bit surprised when I learn of another historical figure that existed outside of what was considered the norm for their time period. So I found it neat that Fitzgerald thought it perfectly normal to dress in drag. Albeit it was for a play but I have to wonder was he truly gay or maybe at least bisexual? As it were, it seems like he had a few bends in his otherwise “straight” life.

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