“The purpose of this show is to normalize concepts of gender and gender expression that has been deemed as ‘alternative’ by certain patriarchal structures. We want to debunk the notion of conformity and traditionalism as mechanisms of success. In addition to this overall mission, this show will serve as a platform for progressive and queer artistry of the Atlanta University Center,” stated WERK’s description on Spelman’s website.
The show was held as a protest to the 2009 dress code policy implemented at Morehouse that prohibited Morehouse men to wear such items as heels or carry purses as well as to wear saggy pants.
The models “werked” the runway Friday night, to the delight of fellow students, and it was clear that the young queer activists on these campuses are making giant strides in ensuring equality for all.
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Top photo: Attendees at WERK, a drag fashion show (by Dyana Bagby)