Italy’s TV Drag Queen, Underneath the Eyeliner

PARMA, Italy — There are no stairs in Platinette’s home. She has learned her lesson.

It came a few years back, when she took the stage at a nightclub in Milan. Like a deity, Platinette descended from on high, in what she describes as “a purple Marge Simpson wig,” an evening gown and the highest of heels.

There was also a cocktail in her hand, and that may have tipped the balance. She missed a step, hurtled forward and hit bottom, breaking her leg but managing — somehow — to preserve a few tresses of her dignity.

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We work to show the people and lives that society tries to hide. We work with homeless people, dragqueens, elderly with Alzheimer and adolescents in poor circumstances. Martijn Crowe is an artist and professor in Anthropology. His work and art is visible at

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