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“Violet Chachki” 

Jon Dean’s portrait of Violet Chachki was one of the photos that caused the stir. It doesn’t matter whether the creamy, white substance at the corner of the lips in the background is faux spunk or the real stuff. What matters is that we can’t know for sure either way. That’s an irresistible provocation. Next to those besmirched lips, the drag queen in the front looks tame by comparison. The background becomes the foreground and vice versa.

Image credit: Jon Dean

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Uploaded: Nov 7, 2013
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