Laganja Estranja is on the cover of the most recent edition of New York Magazine — a bi-weekly magazine with over 400,000 readers — as one of the “Most Powerful Drag Queens in America.” In addition to the cover feature, Laganja was profiled as a part of a coordinating article.
New York Magazine recently ran a series of covers featuring “The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America” — one of those names being Laganja Estranja. The photograph for the cover and the inside image of Laganja (and the other queens featured) were made by Martin Schoeller. Schoeller has made portraits of a number of influential celebrities and figures including Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Colin Kaepernick. Schoeller’s signature style includes close-up photographs.
Laganja and her portrait were also featured in Vulture — a website run by New York Magazine. The article in Vulture profiled a number of queens alongside their iconic Schoeller portrait.
In Laganja’s profile, she shows off her genuineness — something she has long been known for. Laganja openly discusses pay in the drag industry and how the times have changed since she first began drag, noting, however, that there is still much progress to be made.
“I entered the amateur contest at Micky’s West Hollywood in 2011. I was getting 50 bucks a night, on a good night $250. Now my average going rate is $1,500. That is good for an artist in the 21st century!”
In the article, Laganja also advocates for pay based on talent and experience as opposed to clout.
Through it all, Laganja Estranja remains true to her reputation with tact and class by showing gratitude for the experiences her drag career has brought her thus-far. Experiences like, “speaking at companies [and] colleges," also noting, “I’ve gotten to taste all kinds of food I never thought I would have gotten to taste in my life. I’ve been to Machu Picchu!”
Make sure to read the full article and pick up a copy of New York Magazine with Laganja Estranja on the cover at newsstands across the country.